Where Property Laws come into Conflict with the Need for Shelter, Humanitarian Ethics and Ideas for Social Justice : The Case of Sorgenfrilägret, and Informal Tent Camp in Malmö, Sweden
With the undoing of national borders within the European Union – and specifically within the Schengen Area – the municipal scale, the city scale, has emerged as an important – if not the most important – scale for the regulation of mobility and settlement within the European Union. Following, among others Mariana Valverde, (2011; 2005) this paper argues that the regulation of mobility, settlement, and also citizenship, at the municipal scale tends to rely on rather banal administrative measures – such as, for example social service and environmental administration. The paper present an inquiry into the 2015 eviction of Sorgenfrilägret - an intensely contested informal settlement in Malmö, Sweden in present-day Sweden. Based on primary interviews as well as a close reading of legal and policy documents the paper argues that the eviction of the residents of Sorgenfrilägret is a poignant example of how certain regulatory practices have been mobilised in what seems to me an attempt to safeguard the internal spaces of both Malmö and Sweden – in their material as well as immaterial dimensions – against the intrusion of some of the European Union’s internal others: poor and racialised Eastern European Roma.