“Illegality” and Deportability of Migrants in Central Europe

Making of life by Chechen refugees in Eastern Poland

Main researcher:
Michal Šípoš, PhD.
Institute of Philosophy / Institute of Ethnology

In the current age of the movement of peoples, refugees encounter increased politicisation of their migration. Instead of merely being victims of this process, refugees proactively live their lives. Based on ethnographic research among Chechen refugees in Poland, at the new eastern border of the European Union, this project examines how refugees make a life while being subject to migration control policies and practices. The project aims to contribute to existing knowledge of the problem by exploring how the surrounding environment, violence, and/or displacement can frame migrants’ agency.