This book explores the everyday practices of border control and implementation of mobility policy in the European Schengen area by analyzing consular visas services on the edges of the territory. Using an original case study, private contractors that implement EU visa policy on governments' behalf, the author focuses on visa application centers located in Morocco and run by the two major contractors of European Member States, the transnational corporations VFSGlobal and TLSContact. The analysis builds on ethgraphic research that encompasses the making of EU visa policy at the European, national and local levels. It aims at uncovering the reasons that have led to the adoption of outsourcing as a rmal and legitimized mode to implement EU visa policy and the effects of that choice.
Federica Infantino is FNRS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK. She is co-editor of the 2014 Security Dialogue's special issue Border Security as Practice and contributor to several journals in English and French.