Barak Kalir


Barak Kalir is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. He is the Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and has recently rounded off a 5-year European Research Council project entitled: ‘The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: A Comparative Study of the Implementation Interface in Greece, France, Spain, Ecuador and Israel’. Some of his recent publications include: ‘State desertion and “out-of-procedure” asylum seekers in the Netherlands’ (FocaalJournal of Global and Historical Anthropology 2017), ‘Departheid: The Draconian Governance of Illegalized Migrants in Western States’ (Society and Conflict 2019), “Repressive Compassion: Deportation Caseworkers Furnishing an Emotional Comfort Zone in Encounters with Illegalized Migrants” (2019, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review), and a special issue on ‘Re‐searching access: what do attempts at studying migration control tell us about the state?’ (Social Anthropology 2019). He is currently the co-PI of the H2020 project ‘Advancing Alternative Migration Governance’, where he leads a work package that examines the different operative exit models in EU member states.