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Undocumented Workers' Transitions

Legal Status, Migration, and Work in Europe, 1st Edition

By Sonia McKay, Eugenia Markova, Anna Paraskevopoulou


188 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book explores how immigration laws, while aimed at discouraging undocumented migration, actually sustain it. It documents the circumstances that have caused previously documented migrants to become undocumented and explores the impact of their changing status on their families and on their own employment opportunities. The authors argue that undocumented migrants are forced into the most precarious types of work, and changes in the way that employment is organised, with a shift into temporary, agency and sub-contracted work, makes undocumented migrants particularly attractive in some employment markets. This groundbreaking volume draws substantially on data collected from a two-year research study in seven European countries that was focused on understanding the impact of migration flows on EU labour markets.

Table of Contents

1. The Lived Experiences of Undocumented Migrants 2. Migration in a European Historical Perspective 3. Theories of Migration 4. What Works and What Does Not – Methodologies and Migration Research 5. Controlling Undocumented Migration at EU Level 6. Immigration Policies and Regularisation 7. European Undocumented Migration 8. Informal Economies and Dual Labour Market Theories 9. The Feminisation of Undocumented Migration 10. The Impact of Family on Undocumented Migration 11. Europe’s Undocumented Migrants – Here to Stay

About the Authors

Sonia McKay is a Professor in European Socio-Legal Studies at the Working Lives Research Institute.

Eugenia Markova is a Senior Migration Research Fellow at the Working Lives Research Institute and a Research Associate at the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anna Paraskevopoulou is a Research Fellow at the Working Lives Research Institute.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General