The "imaginary world" of nationalistic ethics: Feasibility constraints on Nordic deportation corridors targeting unaccompanied Afghan minors

  • Martin Lemberg-Pedersen Aalborg University

Abstract

This article examines Swedish, Danish and Norwegian governments’ participation in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project and its failed attempts to deport unaccompanied minors (UAMs) to Afghanistan. It argues that ERPUM is an interesting and urgent case of a “deportation corridor”, and suggests that this framework can benefit from analysis through normative and applied ethics and in particular discussions of feasibility constraints. It therefore identifies and critically assesses two nationalistic arguments for deportation common in Nordic politics, based on appeals credibility and humanitarianism. Considering the growth of nationalistic immigration policies in Nordic states, the article turns the usual discussions of feasibility on its head by showing that not only cosmopolitan, but also nationalistic ethics must face up to charges of lacking realism. More specifically, it argues that the case of ERPUM illustrates how nationalistic deportation ethics can rely on inconsistent normative and erroneous empirical assumptions, which can be criticized for their arbitrariness, ideological grounding and lacking feasibility.

Author Biography

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, Aalborg University

Assistant Professor, Global Refugee Studies, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Frederikskaj 10B, 3.floor2450 Copenhagen SW, Office phone: +45 99402853, Mobile: +45 53503069, Email:lemberg@cgs.aau.dk, Skype:martinlembergpedersengrs.cgs.aau.dk

Published
2018-11-13
How to Cite
Lemberg-Pedersen, M. (2018). The "imaginary world" of nationalistic ethics: Feasibility constraints on Nordic deportation corridors targeting unaccompanied Afghan minors. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 12(2), 47-68. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v12i2.2425
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Artikler - Articles