1st Edition

Irregular Migrants Policy, Politics, Motives and Everyday Lives

Edited By Alice Bloch, Milena Chimienti Copyright 2012
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge


    A new era of international migration has been accompanied by increasingly restrictive immigration controls to manage migration to more developed countries. The consequence has been fewer routes to enter and/or stay in countries in a regularised way and as a result, an increase in the numbers of undocumented migrants. In this situation undocumented migrants, especially in relation to immigration controls and internal security have come to occupy an important role on the policy agenda of many nation states. The control and regulation of undocumented migrants has become an increasingly politicised issue.

    This edited collection brings together cutting edge scholarly research papers to explore undocumented migration at the international, national and individual levels. Starting with an overview of the literature on undocumented migration this book explores some of the key areas of research and policy in this area. This includes the making of undocumented migrants, the journey and processes, experiences of being undocumented at the individual level, collective action and return.

    This fascinating book explores the many facets of undocumented migration and of being an undocumented migrant in different geographical contexts that include Europe, Southern Africa, Central America and North America.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    1. Irregular migration in a globalizing world Alice Bloch, City University London and Milena Chimienti, City University London, UK 

    2. Migration routes and strategies of young undocumented migrants in England: a qualitative perspective Alice Bloch, City University London, Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter, both University of Oxford, UK

    3. The Uneasy ties of working and belonging: Zimbabwean migrants and Regularization in northern South Africa Blair Rutherford, Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada

    4. Navigating the U.S.-Mexico border: The crossing strategies of undocumented Workers in Tijuana, Mexico Sergio Chavez, Rice University, Houston, USA

    5. Mobilization of irregular migrants in Europe: A comparative analysis Milena Chimienti, City University London, UK

    6. The negotiation of irregular migrants’ right to education in Germany –  A challenge to the nation-state Barbara Laubenthal, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

    7. Social effects of mass deportations by the United States government: 2000-2010 Jacqueline Hagan, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brianna Castro and Nestor Rodriguez, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

    8. Turning refugees into ‘illegal migrants’: Afghan asylum seekers in Europe Liza Schuster, City University London, UK


    Alice Bloch is Professor of Sociology at City University London, UK. She is also co-editor of Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century (2010).

    Milena Chimienti is Lecturer in Sociology at City University London, UK. She is also editor of Prostitution et Migration: La dynamique de l'agir faible (2009).