Post-truth and demographics in the “refugee crisis”. The thanatopolitical “pleat” in the European Union (DOI: 10.2436/20.3000.02.49) Autors/ores Andreu Domingo Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Paraules clau: migration policy, refugee, European Union, geopolitics, post-truth Resum Demographic pressure, along with the threat of nationalism and xenophobic populist movements, has become part of the story in which the so-called refugee crisis is threatening the architecture of the European Union, starting with the Schengen Treaty. This story is considered a “post-truth” construct which conceals the fact that the crisis is the outcome of a migration policy designed to be subordinate to the desire for an ideal unified labour market detached from the reality of real migratory flows. This policy has given increasing berth to security and fear, which has legitimised inaction in the face of the humanitarian tragedy caused by what we call here “thanatopolitics.” This article analyses the use of the demographic argument, the role of Schengen in the construction of Fortress Europe and the refugee policy, and the emotional mobilisation of public opinion during the crisis based on a selection of the most frequently reproduced images in the summer of 2015. Key words: migration policy, refugee, European Union, geopolitics, post-truth.Original source: Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, 85: 9-30 (2018) Descàrregues PDF () PDF (English) Número Núm. 10 (2020) Secció Geografia Llicència The intellectual property of articles belongs to the respective authors.On publishing articles to the journal Catalan Social Sciences Review (CSSR), authors accept the following terms:Authors assign to Philosophy and Social Sciences Section (a subsidiary of Institut d’Estudis Catalans) the rights of reproduction, communication to the public and distribution of the articles published in Catalan Social Sciences Review (CSSR).Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for the reproduction of all graphic material included in articles.Philosophy and Social Sciences Section declines all liability for the possible infringement of intellectual property rights by authors.The contents published in the journal, unless otherwise stated in the text or in the graphic material, are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (by-nc-nd) 3.0 Spain licence, the complete text of which may be found at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/deed.en. Consequently, the general public is authorised to reproduce, distribute and communicate the work, provided that its authorship and the body publishing it are acknowledged, and that no commercial use and no derivative works are made of it.Catalan Social Sciences Review (CSSR) is not responsible for the ideas and opinions expressed by the authors of the published articles.