Making and unmaking migrant irregularity: a border city during Italy’s ‘migration crisis’

Simon McMahon

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    Irregular migration is a significant political concern in countries around the world, with vast budgets being spent on attempting to control it. In policy circles and popular discourse, it has usually been described as the process of crossing a national border without permission or illegally. By reducing irregularity to a form of mobility, such views are, however, overly simplified. This chapter explores the ways that irregularity is not simply a form of mobility but a particular mode of incorporation of migrants into a subordinate and precarious legal, economic and social status. It does so by focusing on the Italian port city of Siracusa, in Eastern Sicily, during the so-called Mediterranean migration crisis of 2015, to show how border cities such as this are contested spaces in which the status of migrants is repeatedly negotiated, made and unmade.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Governance of Migration and Diversity in Cities
    EditorsTiziana Caponio, Peter Scholten, Ricard Zapata-Barrero
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351108461
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8153-6370-5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2018


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