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Value extraction through refugee carcerality: Data, labour and financialised accommodation

Martin, Lauren L; Tazzioli, Martina

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Martina Tazzioli



Abstract

In this article, we argue that modes of labour and value extraction have been under-researched and under-theorised in critical geographical research on migration, asylum and refugee humanitarianism. We examine data production, voluntary work programmes and financialised asylum housing as key sites through which value is extracted from asylum-seekers’ unpaid and reproductive activities. We argue that specific forms of migrant carcerality are, firstly, grounded in migrants’ and asylum-seekers’ carceral conditions and exclusion from paid work. Secondly, we argue that subtle forms of coercion and conditionality at work in asylum hosting require asylum-seekers’ invisible and unpaid labour. Thirdly, we show how financialised real estate firms further capitalise on government contracts for asylum housing, rendering accommodation as another site of value extraction. We thereby expand conceptualisations of carceral economies of migration control beyond detention and confinement and elaborate the specific forms of labour and value extraction emerging from migration, asylum and refugee governance.

Citation

Martin, L. L., & Tazzioli, M. (2023). Value extraction through refugee carcerality: Data, labour and financialised accommodation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 41(2), 191-209. https://doi.org/10.1177/02637758231157397

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 22, 2023
Publication Date 2023-04
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2023
Journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Print ISSN 0263-7758
Electronic ISSN 1472-3433
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 191-209
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/02637758231157397

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