Sans Papiers

Sans Papiers : The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants

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Undocumented migration is a huge global phenomenon, yet little is known about the reality of life for those involved. Sans Papiers combines a contemporary account of the theoretical and policy debates with an in-depth exploration of the lived experiences of undocumented migrants in the UK from Zimbabwe, China, Brazil, Ukraine and Turkish Kurdistan.

Built around their voices, the book provides the reader with a unique understanding of migratory processes, gendered experiences and migrant aspirations. Moving between the uniqueness of individual experience and the search for commonalities, the book explores the ambiguities and contradictions of being an undocumented migrant.

With its insights into personal experiences alongside analysis of wider policy issues, Sans Papiers will have wide appeal for students, academics, policy-makers and practitioners.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 135.13 x 215.14 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332617
  • 9780745332611

About Alice Bloch

Alice Bloch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is the co-author of Race, Multiculture and Social Policy (2013) and co-editor of Irregular Migrants (2012). Nando Sigona is Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He is co-author of No Way Out, No Way In (2012) and Associate Editor of Migration Studies. Roger Zetter is Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. He is author of Lands of No Return (2012) and co-author of Refugee Community Organisations and Dispersal (2005).
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Table of contents

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1. Researching Everyday `Illegality': An Introduction

2. Migration Dynamics, Irregular Migration and Governing Irregularity

3. Migrant Agency, Youth and Legal Status

4. Visibility and Invisibility: Arrival, Settlement and Socialisation Into Irregularity

5. Legal Status and the Labour Market

6. Fragile Communities: Social Networks and Geographies of Undocumentedness

7. Intersecting Youth and Legal Status

8. Conclusion



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'Enlightens our understanding of what it is like to be young and undocumented in increasingly hostile contexts. Rich and nuanced, this book sheds light on these immigrants' exclusion, exploitation and disappointments, but also on their resilience, resourcefulness, and hopes' -- Cecilia Menjivar is Cowden Distinguished Professor, Associate Director at T Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University and author of Enduring Violence, Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala, University of California Press (2011) 'An important book on a subject of great public importance' -- Professor Stephen Castles, Research Chair in Sociology, University of Sydney
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