Navigating the European Migration Regime

Male Migrants, Interrupted Journeys and Precarious Lives

By Anna Wyss

Published

Aug 29, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529219609

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Aug 29, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529219623

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Navigating the European Migration Regime

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Amid the heavy politicisation and problematisation of male migrants in Europe, this ethnographic study casts new light on their experiences, struggles and everyday resistance.

The author follows the journeys of those who seek, but have little hope of achieving, permanent residence status in European countries, tracking their successive migrations, detentions and deportations within and beyond the continent. She explores migrants’ tactics, the impact of precarity on their lives and the dual feelings of enduring hope and powerless vulnerability they experience.

This is a sensitive and insightful analysis of how the European migration regime shapes, and is shaped by, migrants’ practices.

“This is a timely and important book on a highly politicised and moralised subject. Through meticulous, sensitive ethnographic research, Wyss offers a respectful and insightful contribution to the literature.” Melanie Griffiths, University of Birmingham

“By capturing the humanity of exhausted, desperate migrants, Wyss highlights the inhumanity of the border controls that have produced their situation. This is a beautifully written, brilliantly analysed ethnography.” Michael Collyer, University of Sussex

Anna Wyss is a social scientist and works as a postdoctoral researcher for the Institute of Public Law at the University of Bern.

1. Introduction

2. Intricate Migration Policies in a Heterogeneous Europe

3. Navigating Discourses: Masculinities, Racialisation and Vulnerabilities

4. Navigating Migration Control: Deromanticising Mobility

5. Navigating Uncertainty: Illegibility, Rumours and Hope

6. Navigating the Law: Tactics of Avoidance and Appropriation

7. Conclusion: Endurance and Exhaustion