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Instead of guaranteeing human rights for those who seek protection, national states create deadly geographies: migrants are immobilized, forced to return, or left to die. One of the symptoms of this white supremacist regime of deterrence is the increased use of migration detention centres. Along the borders of both arrival and transit states, detention creates a state of mentalphysical and social injury. In this blog post, we argue that these devastating conditions and inhumane treatment that flight migrants face in immigration detention centres can be declared as “torturous”.

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Julia Manek y David Tobasure


Border Criminologies


Manek, J. and Tobasure Morales, D. (2022) Estaciones Migratorias, Torturing Environments, Torturous Spaces. Disponible en:

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