Outsourcing Border Control: The Politics and Practice of Contracted Visa Policy in Morocco

About the speaker: Federica Infantino is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her project ‘Practicing Immigration Detention and Deportation in the EU. Actors, Organizations and Transnational Policymaking from Below’ is funded by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-FRS). In 2015, she was Wiener-Anspach postdoctoral fellow and visiting academic at COMPAS, University of Oxford. Federica holds a PhD in political and social sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD in political science, comparative political sociology, from Sciences Po Paris. Her main research interests focus on the practices of migration and border control in comparative perspective, transnational actors and dynamics of policy change, the involvement of non-state actors in governments’ functions. She is the author of the book Outsourcing Border Control. Politics and Practice of Contracted Visa Policy in Morocco (Palgrave MacMillan), the co-editor of the 2014 Security Dialogue’s special issue ‘Border Security as Practice’ and the author of several articles about the day-to-day filtering work of borders that is achieved via visa issuing.