were born in Greece but
the family had decided to return to Syria some years before. Their deaths could have
been avoided had a new Greek citizenship law – relaxing criteria for the acquisition
of Greek citizenship to children of immigrants born in Greece – been implemented
(Christopoulos 2012).2 The two girls could have legally entered the country as
Greek citizens, instead of risking their lives to cross the militarised border illegally.
These three deaths reflect the biopolitical power of the two key instruments of contemporary sovereign states, namely control