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Irregular Migrants

Policy, Politics, Motives and Everyday Lives, 1st Edition

Edited by Alice Bloch, Milena Chimienti


142 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Irregular migration in a globalizing world Alice Bloch & Milena Chimienti 2. Migration routes and strategies of young undocumented migrants in England: a qualitative perspective Alice Bloch, Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter 3. The Uneasy ties of working and belonging: Zimbabwean migrants and Regularization in northern South Africa Blair Rutherford 4. Navigating the U.S.-Mexico border: The crossing strategies of undocumented Workers in Tijuana, Mexico Sergio Chavez 5. Mobilization of irregular migrants in Europe: A comparative analysis Milena Chimienti 6. The negotiation of irregular migrants’ right to education in Germany – A challenge to the nation-state Barbara Laubenthal7. Social effects of mass deportations by the United States government: 2000-2010 Jacqueline Hagan, Brianna Castro and Nestor Rodriguez 8. Turning refugees into ‘illegal migrants’: Afghan asylum seekers in Europe Liza Schuster

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General