The transnational mobilization of "irregular migrants"

Chimienti, Milena (Haute école de travail social HETS Genève, HES-SO) ; Solomos, John (University of Warwick, Coventry)

This chapter explores the transnational movements of so called ‘irregular migrants’. We investigate why and how transnational collective action is taken by people in situations of vulnerability and ask how those with limited resources manage to mobilize at the transnational level. In order to frame that core arguments, we analyse one particular event which occurred in 2012, namely the European March of sans-papiers and migrants. We explore how the movement was triggered, how it was organized, what claims were made, and what impact it had. We argue that the movement was subversive in three different ways: irregular migrants sought to act like any other citizen; they questioned the boundaries of the nation state; and they refused to be defined and limited by the global social order. We show that the transnational character of the mobilization is closely related to the root of the problems it sought to address such as European migration policies. Finally, we illustrate how mobilization at a transnational level reinforces the social movements of ‘irregular migrants’.


Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS - Genève
Institute:
CERES - Centre de recherche sociale
Subject(s):
Travail social
Publisher:
Cham, Springer
Date:
2020-01
Cham
Springer
Pagination:
pp. 99-116
Published in:
Migrants with irregular status in Europe : evolving conceptual and policy challenges
Author of the book:
Spencer, Sarah ; ed. University of Oxford, Oxford
Triandafyllidou, Anna ; ed. Faculty of Arts Ryerson University, Toronto
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