Latest EU Border Care project publication on ‘Challenges to medical ethics in the context of detention and deportation: Insights from a French postcolonial department in the Indian Ocean’ by team member Dr. Nina Sahraoui, now research fellow at GTM-CRESPPA (Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris), France.
The article traces how midwives come to be invested with a power to police patients’ mobility. In the face of such unwelcome responsibilities, midwives resorted to emotional distancing while suspicion on both sides impeded the possibility of genuine relations of care. The article analyses how midwives framed the ethical dilemmas at hand and examines how they perceived their decision-making responsibility. I argue that midwives are socialized into the logics of border enforcement and gradually brought to implement a minimal version of care as a result of migration control’s inroads into care. The article thus questions the function and meaning of biopolitics within migration control and aims at initiating a conversation around the necessary conditions for ensuring medical personnel’s independence in these extraordinary care settings.