By Hannah Cross

People from West Africa are risking their lives and surrendering their citizenship rights to go into exploitative labour markets in Europe. This publication bargains a proof for this phenomenon that's in response to shut research of the contradictory financial and political agendas that create and constrain labour migration. It exhibits how international capitalism regulates various levels of the method inside an interconnected approach of financial dispossession, the development of an unlawful prestige, border keep an eye on, labour exploitation and approaches of underdevelopment. this can be summarised as a regime of ‘unfree labour mobility’.


Combined with structural and old techniques, this ebook is predicated on ethnographic examine. It contains those who find themselves left at the back of, those that choose to remain, migrants who fail and people who are at the movement, along clustered migrant groups in Senegal, Mauritania and Spain. The book’s panoramic technique indicates how West African ‘step-wise’ trips to Europe by way of land and sea sees competing territorial and fiscal guidelines regulating an risky and unpredictable trajectory, growing ‘illegal’ labour via twin logics of border safeguard and selective labour mobility.


This booklet demonstrates that the varied channels by which humans migrate within the glossy period are mediated via ecu states and labour markets, which utilise border regimes to regulate labour and be globally aggressive. the subjects and styles that emerge, of their context of inter-generational swap, current a problem to the approved knowledge in regards to the person and family dynamics of labour migration. This ebook is of curiosity to scholars and students of migration, transnationalism, politics, protection, improvement, economics, and sociology.

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