Undocumented MigrationBorders, Immigration Enforcement, and Belonging
Undocumented Migration
Borders, Immigration Enforcement, and Belonging

Undocumented migration is a global and yet elusive phenomenon. Despite contemporary efforts to patrol national borders and mass deportation programs, it has become firmly placed at the top of the political agenda in many countries, where it receives hostile media coverage and generates fierce political debate. However, as this much-needed book makes clear, unauthorized movement should not be confused or crudely assimilated with the social reality of growing numbers of large, settled populations lacking full citizenship and experiencing precarious lives.

From the journeys migrants take to the lives they seek to lead on arrival and beyond, <i>Undocumented Migration</i> provides a comprehensive and comparative look at how this phenomenon plays out, looking in particular at the United States and Europe. Drawing on their extensive expertise, the authors breathe life into the various issues and debates surrounding migration, including the experiences and voices of migrants themselves, to offer a critical analysis of a hidden and too often misrepresented population.

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  • August 2019
  • 192 pages
  • 148 x 210 mm / 6 x 8 in
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Who Are Undocumented Immigrants?

Chapter 2: Theorizing the Lived Experience of Migrant Illegality

Chapter 3: Geographies of Undocumented Migration

Chapter 4: Immigration Enforcement, Detention, and Deportation

Chapter 5: Undocumented Status and Social Mobility

Chapter 6: Families and Children

Chapter 7: Challenging Exclusion

About the Author

Roberto G. Gonzales is Professor of Education at Harvard University

Nando Sigona is Senior Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham

Martha C. Franco is a Doctoral Student at Harvard University

Anna Papoutsi is a Doctoral Student at the University of Birmingham

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"This lucid and cogent book is a most welcome addition to the growing literature on migration. It applies a sharp and sophisticated lens to the multiple processes by which migrants are made 'illegal,' challenging prevailing simplifications that depict illegal or undocumented migrants as culpable violators of legitimate border controls.  With deft writing and a wonderfully broad span that stretches from national and international migration governance structures to the experiences of people affected by different forms of migration, the authors introduce the reader to the some of the most challenging and urgent political and social problems of our time."
Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University

"Drawing on examples from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, Undocumented Migration offers a rare comparative examination of undocumented migration and illegality. It is recommended reading for anyone interested in learning about one of the most important global population movements our time."
Leo R. Chavez, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

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