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In Irregular Migrants in Belgium and the Netherlands, Masja van Meeteren studies the different ways in which irregular migrants live in Belgium and the Netherlands. The book offers an empirically grounded theoretical critique of the dominant research practice that focuses on 'survival strategies', relies on comparisons of migrant communities and overemphasizes structural explanations. Instead, Irregular Migrants takes irregular migrants┬┤ aspirations as a starting point of analysis. Based on this innovative research approach, key questions are answered regarding the lives of irregular migrants. How can we understand their patterns of economic and social incorporation, the transnational activities they engage in, and the significance of different forms of capital? Drawing on intensive participant observation, as well as more than two hundred in-depth interviews with irregular migrants and representatives of organizations that are involved with them, Irregular Migrants develops much-needed contextualized insights. As such, it sheds new light on previous research findings and various deadlocked scholarly debates on irregular migrants in Western societies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Content
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. 1. Irregular Migration as a Fact of Life
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 2. Beyond Victims and Communities: Bringing in aspirations
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 3. Studying Aspirations
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. 4. Immigration Policies in Belgium and the Netherlands
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. 5. Investment, Settlement and Legalisation Aspirations
  2. pp. 81-96
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  1. 6. Living Different Dreams (I): Aspirations and functional incorporation
  2. pp. 97-142
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  1. 7. Living Different Dreams (II): Aspirations and social incorporation
  2. pp. 143-164
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  1. 8. Aspirations and Transnational Activities
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. 9. Striving for a Better Position: Aspirations and the role of economic, cultural and social capital
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. 10. Assessing a New Perspective
  2. pp. 201-220
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  1. Appendix 1 Semi-structured interviews: Overview of respondent characteristics
  2. pp. 221-223
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  1. Appendix 2 In-depth interviews with irregular migrants: Overview of respondent characteristics
  2. p. 224
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  1. Appendix 3 Organisations interviewed
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. References
  2. pp. 227-245
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  1. Other IMISCOE Research titles
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  1. IMISCOE Textbooks
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048523085
Related ISBN(s)
9789089646439
MARC Record
OCLC
1023820573
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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