Ceuta is a Spanish city in Northern Morocco. It is thus situated at a
European Union border on the African continent. In this context, I contend
that migration is generally considered a potential threat to the pacified local
order of things by the Christian majority. In order to protect this order of
things referred to as convivencia, Christian Ceutíes tend to prefer depoliticizing
strategies to manage migration. Nonetheless, migration
sometimes becomes highly politicized and is framed as a security issue. This
essay thus suggests that the concept of securitization is relevant to grasp the
problematization of migration in times of crisis in Ceuta and analyzes three
occurrences of local processes of securitization.
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