This project scrutinises border control in Portugal. Through ethnographic methods, it examines the socio-legal processes producing deportable migrants, forms of surveillance exercised to enforce border control, and how deportability is experienced by foreign-nationals. Focusing on state policies towards foreigners and how they are publicly conceptualized is of importance in the context of a EU security agenda where third-country citizens are increasingly conceptualized as risk, despite the open borders policies enjoyed by EU citizens. Mobility today appears as a marker of social (and racial) inequality. In looking at the Portuguese case study, this project contributes to a better understanding of migration control and enforcement, perceptions of justice and practices of citizenship. It is a study about power relationships, justice and exclusion where matters of gender, race and identity are present throughout.