Border Crossing <p><a title="Border Crossing" href=""><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="" alt="Border Crossing" height="200" /></em></a><strong>Border Crossing</strong> is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed international journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. Border Crossing is published twice a year in January-June and July-December. Articles are published online immediately as they are accepted and produced. The Journal follows a strict double-blind review policy embedded in our general <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">publishing ethics</a> and supported by rigorous academic scrutiny of papers published.</p> <p><strong>Border Crossing</strong> is indexed and abstracted in: Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) | China Academic Journals Database (CNKI Scholar) | EBSCO Academic Search international | ERIH PLUS (Erih Index) | Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals (NSD) | Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) | Border Crossing is also included in American Sociological Association's Publication Options Journal Directory. </p> <p class="smaller"><strong>Journal Founded:</strong> 2011<br /><strong>ISSN:</strong> 2046-4436 (Print) | <strong>ISSN:</strong> 2046-4444 (Online)<br /><strong>Publication Frequency:</strong> Two issues a year</p> en-US <p>Copyright © 2020 Transnational Press London</p> (Border Crossing) (BC Admin) Sun, 21 Mar 2021 21:07:33 +0000 OJS 60 COVID-19 and high-skilled workers: Experiences and perspectives from India <p><em>Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been in the news since the beginning of the year 2020 and within a couple of months of its origination, it was declared as ‘global pandemic’ by WHO. The pandemic has a substantial economic impact and has attracted wide attention from various scholars and policymakers across the globe. Though a lot has been mentioned about the economic implications of the pandemic, very few attempts have been made to address the impact of the pandemic on psycho-social and mental well being. Moreover, numerous attempts have been made to understand and analyse the impact on unskilled and low paid workers, less work has been initiated in a direction to understand the impact on skilled professionals who as well are not untouched by the impact of the pandemic. With this given background, the study tries to fill this void. The main objective of the study is to comprehend the socio-psychological impact of COVID-19 on the high-skilled labourers, including women workers in the Indian context. The study puts forth high-skilled migrants’ perspective on various sociological amd psychological aspects. An exhaustive literature review has been done to disentangle existing thoughts. To substantiate the findings from the literature and to meet the objectives primary survey was conducted targetting 30 odd skilled workers across various occupations. The study also offers suggestions and policy recommendations for government and policymakers for framing inclusive policies across migrant segments.</em></p> Hussain Patrawala, Ruchi Singh Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Sun, 21 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Immigrant Integration and COVID-19 <p><em>Covid-19 has thrust millions of people who have recently crossed international borders into unprecedented social and economic havoc. The patterns of immigration and settlement in a new country, on the one hand, and the nature of the virus, on the other hand, have placed immigrants at high risk of infection, possibly generating or accelerating anti-immigration sentiments among the local population. In this viewpoint, I discuss five complementary aspects of the migration-pandemic nexus: immigrants’ legal status, language proficiency, ethnic segregation, religiosity, and economic wellbeing. My concluding remarks carry several implications for policy.</em></p> Uzi Rebhun Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Politically Motivated Prosecutions and Detentions: Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2) <p>This is a commentary paper by focusing on the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2). It is a controversial judgement which has received substantial international attention. In this case, the Court has been given the opportunity to reiterate its key positions on a highly important aspect of freedom of expression (Article 10), the right to liberty and security (Article 5) and the right to free elections (Article 3 of Protocol No. 1).&nbsp;</p> Ozgur Heval Cinar Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Food Trucks Driving Gentrification in Austin, Texas <p class="Abstract"><span lang="EN-GB">The text explores the implicit relationship between food practices and gentrification processes in a neoliberal city. Based on Bourdieu’s capital types, the text explores the ways in which one’s personal taste in food and urban space can lead to the transformation of whole neighbourhoods. In particular, it looks at the role food trucks played in the ways in which an East Austin neighbourhood gentrified from 2012-2020. The research finds that food trucks turn fallow lots into bustling urban spaces and places. Such convivial and vibrant urban settings attract the creative class and drive up property values. We argue that culinary practices, and food trucks in particular, are critical vehicles of the gentrification process.</span></p> Petra Lütke, Robert D. Lemon Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Mon, 12 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Association Between Afghan Refugees’ Food Insecurity and Socio-economic Factors in Iran: A Case Study of Khorasan Razavi Province <p><em>Afghan refugees are one of the most vulnerable migrant groups in terms of food insecurity status around the world. We aimed to investigate the association between Afghan protracted refugees' food insecurity and its socio– economic determinants in Mashhad, Iran. In a cross– sectional design, information was gathered through face– to– face interviews with 299 Afghan main income earners or his/her representative in Golshar district, Mashhad, Iran. In a quantitative approach, the association of socio– economic factors with food insecurity was assessed. The results showed that less than 1% of all the households were food secure, 69.2% of those with children and 47.5% of those with no child faced severe food insecurity. Class of households' income, residency status and personal dwelling were significantly associated with severe food insecurity of Afghan refugees. Determining effective socio– economic factors to formulate appropriate policies and practices is not only necessary but also inevitable to assure sustainable food security for refugees.</em></p> Mahasti Khakpour, Azar Khorshahi, Mohammad Reza Pakravan Charvadeh, Nasrin Omidvar, Rachel Engler-Stringer, Mustafa Koc, Joe Garcea, Judy White, Carol Henry, Mohsen Nematy, Hassan Vatanparast Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Sun, 21 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Integration and Local Finnish Governments: Local Turn or State Responsibility? <p><em>Local governments have become more important in the integration of immigrants, constituting a local turn in integration policy. However, the empirical evidence is still limited and variation between countries is presumably high. The present paper analyses the role played by Finnish local governments in the integration process, with municipal governments being highly autonomous from a general European perspective. The paper delineates the basic features of local integration policy, i.e. who does what, and thereafter it assesses the integration plans of local governments and how they justify the current policy. A closer look at Finnish integration policy, however, suggests that state administration actually has a strong role and that most resources are being directed to integration courses administered by the labour administration of the state. What remains for the local governments is to foresee that their services are suitable for immigrants, too. There is an asymmetry between local governments, though, as immigrants mostly live in larger cities, and half of them in the capital city area. While local governments are obliged to assess their integration policies, such assessments mostly deal with outputs and the feedback of service users. In sum, only a weak local turn seems to be emerging in Finland.</em></p> Pekka Kettunen Copyright (c) 2021 Border Crossing Sun, 18 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000