Federica Infantino

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
Federica Infantino is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. Her project DoMiCoP -the Diffusion of Migration Control Practice- focuses on the role of communities of practitioners in shaping migration and border control on the ground. She is particularly interested in the diffusion of practice and the involvement of non-state actors. Building on ethnographic methodologies and comparative perspectives, her research has analysed the day-to-day implementation of policy instruments of migration and border control -the Schengen visa policy and immigration detention and removal. After the completion of her PhD in political science at Sciences Po Paris and ULB, she has hold postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford (COMPAS) and the ULB (FNRS/GERME). She is the author of the books Outsourcing Border Control (https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137469830) and Schengen Visa Implementation and Transnational Policymaking (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030106461), Palgrave McMillan.


  • Infantino Federica, 2016, Outsourcing Border Control. Politics and Practice of Contracted Visa Policy in Morocco. Palgrave MacMillan. https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137469830
  • Infantino Federica, 2019, Schengen Visa Implementation and Transnational Policy-Making. Bordering Europe. Palgrave MacMillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030106461

    Special Issues

  • Côté-Boucher Karine, Infantino Federica, Salter Mark, 2014, ‘Border Security as Practice’, Security Dialogue 45(3).

    Articles in international, peer-reviewed journal

  •  Infantino Federica (forthcoming 2020), The Interdependency of Border Bureaucracies and Migration Infrastructures. A Street-Level View. Comparative Migration Studies.
  • Infantino Federica, 2019, ‘How Does Policy Change at the Street-Level? Local Knowledge, a Community of Practice and EU Visa Policy Implementation in Morocco’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1662717.
  • https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2019.1662717?journalCode=cjms20
  • Infantino Federica, 2017, ‘La mise en marché de la frontière, un produit d’État: Compagnies privées et mise en œuvre de la politique du visa Schengen’, Gouvernement et action publique, 4(4): 51-73. https://www.cairn.info/revue-gouvernement-et-action-publique-2017-4-page-51.htm
  • Infantino Federica, 2016, ‘State-bound Visa Policies and Europeanized Practices. Comparing EU Visa Policy Implementation in Morocco’, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 31(2): 171- 186. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08865655.2016.1174603
  • Côté-Boucher Karine, Infantino Federica, Salter Mark, 2014, ‘Introduction. Border Security as Practice: An Agenda for Research’, Security Dialogue 45(3): 195–208. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0967010614533243
  • Infantino Federica, 2014, ‘Bordering ‘fake’ Marriages? The Everyday Practices of Control at the Consulates of Belgium, France, and Italy in Casablanca’, in Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, n°1: 27-48. https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.3240/76246
  • Infantino Federica, 2013, ‘Gouverner les frontières ou appliquer des droits? Le contrôle des mariages aux consulats de Belgique, de France et d’Italie à Casablanca’, in Migrations et Société, n°150: 79-94. https://www.cairn.info/revue-migrations-societe-2013-6-page-79.htm
  • Infantino Federica, Rea Andrea, 2012, ‘La mobilisation d’un savoir pratique local. Attribution des visas Schengen au Consulat General de Belgique à Casablanca’, in Sociologies pratiques, n° 24: 67-77. https://www.cairn.info/revue-sociologies-pratiques-2012-1-page-67.htm
  • Infantino Federica, 2010, ‘La frontière au guichet’, in Champ penal / Penal field, nouvelle revue internationale de criminologie [En ligne], Vol. VII | 2010, on line on the 24/09/2010. https://journals.openedition.org/champpenal/7864

    Edited books

  • Infantino, F. & Sredanovic Dj., (2022), Migration Control in Practice. Before and Within the Borders of the State. Bruxelles : Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/74915

    Book chapters

  • Infantino, Federica (2022). The Marketization of ‘Legitimate’ Violence: Inducing deportation through public-private cooperation? In Mary Bosworth and Lucia Zedner (eds) Privatising Border Control. Law at the Limits of the Sovereign State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Infantino, Federica (2022). The public encounter as object of delegation. In Peter Hupe (Ed) The Politics of the Public Encounter. What Happens When Citizens Meet the State (pp. 235-250). Edward Elgar.
  • Infantino, F. & Sredanovic Dj. (2022), The Perspectives of Implementation in Migration Policies : An Introduction. In Infantino, F. & Sredanovic Dj. 2022 (eds), Migration control in practice : before and within the borders of the state, Bruxelles : Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2022, pp. 9-18, https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/74916
  • Infantino, Federica, State sovereignty, risk and security when private companies practice border control, in Radomir Compel and Rosalie Arcala-Hall (eds), Security and safety in the era of global risks, Abingdon ; New York : Routledge, (2021), pp. 39-50, https://hdl.handle.net/1814/74074
  • Infantino Federica, (2020), ‘Visas policies and their effects: preventing mobility?’ The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies (Eds.) Yannis Stivachtis, Didier Bigo, Thomas Diez, Evangelos Fanoulis and Ben Rosamond. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Critical-European-Studies/Bigo-Diez-Fanoulis-Rosamond-Stivachtis/p/book/9781138589919
  • Infantino Federica, 2017, State-bound visa policies and Europeanised practices: Comparing EU visa policy implementation in Morocco, Bernes Laure-Anne, Bousetta Hassan, Zickgraf Caroline (eds) Migration in the Western Mediterranean. Routledge, 52-70. https://www.routledge.com/Migration-in-the-Western-Mediterranean-Space-Mobility-and-Borders/Bernes-Bousetta-Zickgraf/p/book/9780367875374
  • Infantino Federica, 2013, Bordering at the Window: Schengen Visas Policies and Allocation Practices at the Italian Embassy and Consulate in Morocco, in Sergio Carrera, Elspeth Guild and Didier Bigo (eds). Foreigners, Refugees or Minorities? Rethinking People in the Context of Border Controls and Visas. Surrey: Ashgate, 227-240. https://www.ceps.eu/ceps-publications/foreigners-refugees-or-minorities-rethinking-people-context-border-controls-and-visas/
  • Infantino Federica, 2011, Barbes à Casa ? Lieux cosmopolites d’Afrique dans la métropole marocaine, in Peraldi Michel (ed) D’une Afrique à l’autre. Migrations subsahariennes au Maroc. Paris: Karthala, 73-100.
  • Infantino Federica, 2011, Les mondes des étudiants subsahariens au Maroc, in Peraldi Michel (ed) D’une Afrique à l’autre. Migrations subsahariennes au Maroc. Paris: Karthala, 101-120.

    Policy Briefs

  • Contribution to the 2013 Migration Report, Federal Migration Centre (MYRIA), Belgium. ‘Right to Family Life and Visa Policy Implementation’.
  • Expert for the Cross Migration H2020 Project ‘Towards Systematic Knowledge Accumulation in Migration Studies’, WP ‘Migration Infrastructure’, Policy Brief on ‘Brokers and Non-State Facilitators in the Schengen Visa Application Process. The Adjustment to Migration Infrastructures’, 2019.