Buying Morocco’s cooperation in border control? Unpacking the role of aid in the management of the Euro-Moroccan border

12 May 2022. From 18:30  To 20:00 | Conference | English | IEMed
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Read the article “Buying Morocco’s collaboration in migration containment? Complicating the use of aid in border control cooperation”.

How do countries of ‘origin’ and ‘transit’ situate themselves vis-à-vis aid for migration-related projects? When do they cooperate, and when do they not? Academics and civil society organisations tend to portray aid a bargaining chip that the EU, the US, or Australia use to ‘buy’ the cooperation of countries of ‘origin’ and ‘transit’. Building on the case of Morocco, Lorena Gazzotti argues that countries of ‘origin’ and ‘transit’ do not always welcome aid in the field of migration with open hands. Rather, they decide to cooperate (or not) with Global North donors and their subcontracting partners depending on how specific aid-funded projects fit into their broader domestic and international foreign policy strategy. 

Lorena Gazzotti is a researcher in Casa Velázquez and she is also the Lucy Cavendish Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her work explores the containment of people deemed “dangerous” to the security of late liberal societies, mainly focusing on the Spanish-Moroccan border as a space of inquiry and on border control as an analytical frame to investigate the emergence of new tools to contain marginalized and racialized populations at the frontiers of inequality. Her publications include her first book Immigration Nation. Aid, Control and Border Politics in Morocco (University of Cambridge, 2021), peer-reviewed articles including (Un)making illegality: Border control, racialized bodies and differential regimes of illegality in Morocco (The Sociological Review, 2021); “Still a bit uncomfortable, to be an arm of the state”: Making sense and subjects of counter-extremism in the UK and Morocco, with Niyousha Bastani (EPC: Politics and Space, 2021), among others.

Introduced by Blanca Camps-Febrer lecturer, faculty of Political Science and Sociology, UAB. Co-organised by the IEMed as part of the Aula Mediterrània 2021-22 programme in collaboration with the Master’s in International Relations, Security and Development, UAB.

This lecture takes place at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona and it can also be followed on IEMed Youtube Channel.



Lorena Gazzotti

Researcher Casa de Velázquez – EHEHI

Blanca Camps-Febrer

Associate professor Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, UAB.

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