1st Edition

Forced Migration Current Issues and Debates

Edited By Alice Bloch, Giorgia Dona Copyright 2019
    190 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates provides a critical engagement with and analysis of contemporary issues in the field using inter-disciplinary perspectives, through different geographical case studies and by employing varying methodologies. The combination of authors reviewing both the key research and scholarship and offering insights from their own research ensures a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the current issues in forced migration.

    The book is structured around three main current themes: the reconfiguration of borders including virtual borders, the expansion of prolonged exile, and changes in protection and access to rights. The first chapters in the collection provide both context and a theoretical overview by situating current debates and issues in their historical context including the evolution of field and the impact of the colonial and post-colonial world order on forced migration and forced displacement. These are followed by chapters framed around substantive issues including deportation and forced return; protracted displacements; securitising the Mediterranean and cross-border migration practices; refugees in global cities; forced migrants in the digital age; and second-generation identity and transnational practices.

    Forced Migration offers an original contribution to a growing field of study, connecting theoretical ideas and empirical research with policy, practice and the lived experiences of forced migrants. The volume provides a solid foundation, for students, academics and policy makers, of the main questions being asked in contemporary debates in forced migration.

    1. Forced Migration: Setting the Scene

    Alice Bloch and Giorgia Donà

    2. Conceptualising Forced Migration: Praxis, Scholarship and Empirics

    Roger Zetter

    3. Why Critical Forced Migration Studies has to be Post-colonial by Nature

    Paula Banerjee and Ranabir Samaddar

    4. Securitising the Mediterranean? Cross-border Migration Practices in Greece

    Eftihia Voutira

    5. Protracted Displacement: Living on the Edge

    Jennifer Hyndman and Wenona Giles

    6. Deportation and Forced Return

    Nassim Majidi and Liza Schuster

    7. Displacement and the Pursuit of Urban Protection: Forced Migration, Fluidity and Global Cities

    Loren B Landau

    8. Mobile Technologies and Forced Migration

    Giorgia Donà and Marie Godin

    9. Second Generation from Refugee Backgrounds: Affects and Transnational Ties and Practices to the Ancestral Homeland

    Milena Chimienti, Anne-Laure Counilh and Laurence Ossipow

    10. Reflecting on the Past, Thinking about the Future: Forced Migration in the 21st Century

    Giorgia Donà and Alice Bloch


    Alice Bloch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She has researched and published extensively in the area of forced migration. Recent books include: Living on the Margins: Undocumented Migrants in a Global City (published by Policy Press and co-authored with Sonia McKay) and Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants in the UK (published by Pluto Press and co-authored with Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter).

    Giorgia Donà is Professor of Forced Migration at the University of East London co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has researched and published extensively in the area of conflict and forced migration. Publications include Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (published by Palgrave Macmillan, co-edited with Angela Veale), Research Methodologies in Forced Migration, Special Issue for the Journal of Refugee Studies (with Eftihia Voutira), and Child and Youth Migration, Special Issue for the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care.

    "This compelling anthology of case studies and critical reflections by an international group of scholars surveys the major issues around forced migration. Readers who want to understand the experiences of people pushed from their homes and government strategies of control will see farther and more clearly through the authors’ lenses."

    - David Scott FitzGerald, Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California-San Diego

    "This collection of essays from leading figures in forced migration studies provides critical analysis that is as piercing and relevant as it is thoughtful. It encompasses some of the most intractable and contemporary problems of forced migration - urban displacement, protracted refugees, and forced return - with fresh insights. Uniting the various contributions is a deep concern for the clear emergence of expanded precarity and reduced rights, which appear as cause and effect of so much displacement in today's world. Indeed, these can be seen as unifying features in the experiences of most displaced people. This book shines a light on these experiences, and the processes which render those who are forced to move ever more vulnerable. This should be required reading for all migration studies students and scholars, as well as for policymakers and practitioners whose work involves any aspect of work on forced migration."

    - Laura Hammond, Professor, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 

    "This volume is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the increasingly complex field of forced migration. Addressing the many challenges confronting forced migrants and those who support and live in communities alongside forced migrants, in a variety of contexts today, the volume points to the urgent need to re-conceptualise forced migration as well as the legal frameworks with which to respond. The collection will be of great value to academics, policy makers, and a broad range of professionals".

    - Marita Eastmond, Senior Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg