Refugees in a Limbo: Rethinking borders and the process of bordering

Henrik Østergaard, Mie Bjarnild, Ina Jørgensen & Alba Flores

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of the project is to examine what happens to the understanding of borders, rights and development when nation states are challenged by an increasing influx of refugees. This has been done through a critical analysis showing that nation states have been addressing the issue in a temporary way. This has led to a national self-imposed state of exception, which put refugees in a legal limbo due to lack of rights. This has negative implications for refugee’s visibility, identity and capacity to build livelihoods. In the chapter it is argued that moving from a needs-based humanitarian aid perspective towards a development rights-based approach could be beneficial in order to promote self-reliance, which would help refugees to step into a more visible and influential position.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2015
VejledereJacob Rasmussen


  • bordering
  • refugee
  • rights
  • development approach
  • limbo