This is the border between italy and Switzerland... Far up at the horizon you can see france, if i do not mistake. From this perspective, the natural landscape unfolds underneath me in an unstructured manner. In fact, the borders are just human creation, socialy and materially constructed lines that cut into the continuety of landscapes. That cut around national ideas of belonging, inherently cutting out ’others’. In fact, borders are more about people than that they have ever been about land. They are situated not only at the actual border, but as well at airports, migration offices, police station... In trainstations, busstops, public parks and squares.... In databases for visa application, in surveillance technologies, in border/wapen industries... and finaly in the foodsteps, fingertops and facial features of people on the move who through all these bordering agents become (il)legalized migrants. Because “without borders there would be no migrants, only mobility” (de Genova). However, the movement of people came first, and will always continue to be. Mobility is as normal to humanity as eating and sleeping, and no xenofobic reactions of bordering will ever stop that. Europe can only make the roads harder and ever more dangerous and deathly, which is exactly what we are doing now. Is this the europe we want to be?
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