How does the database work?

The Database

This is a tool used to collect and share recorded incidents of pushbacks. Volunteers and activists from a range of different organisations record these incidents using a standardised methodological framework. They take interviews with people-on-the-move affected by pushbacks and border violence in one-to-one or small group interviews. The database is visualised in a map which marks the geographic information on pushbacks. Each pin on the map represents a single incident, marking either the location of capture, detention or removal across the border. Click on a pin to see the full transcript of the interview, explaining how the pushback occured and who was involved.

Key Words

  • Pushback – The informal expulsion (without due process) of individuals or groups to another country.
  • Respondent – The person(s) interviewed by the volunteer on their pushback experience.
  • Transit Group – The entire group travelling with the respondent(s) who were also affected by the pushback.
  • Authority – General term for the police or institutional actors conducting pushbacks.
  • Green Border – The stretches of border found between official border crossing points (often remote woodland, hills, river or farmland).

Using the Database for Research?

Additionally, you can use the filter function to look through the entire database and find pushbacks from specific countries, time periods or with particular keywords. You can export the testimonies here. If you have any questions or further information you would like to find out, try our statistics page or alternatively contact directly with a request.