The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Mollie Gerver

Lecturer in International Politics

Background

My research considers the ethics of immigration policies, focusing on when coercive and non-coercive forms of immigration control are justified. For example, I consider whether states act ethically when paying refugees to repatriate, or pressuring them to repatriate by denying visas. To address these questions, I consider the broader philosophical questions of what coercion is, when it is justified, and when voluntary consent is neccessary. 

In addition to considering questions of immigration and consent, I have conducted fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Thailand, interviewing 160 former refugees and migrants who had repatriated from Israel. Based on my data, an estimated 5% of all returnees to South Sudan died within two years of repatriating. The majority who survived were displaced or without shelter, medical care, or food security. 

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