Irregular Migration

Irregular Migration

The Dilemmas of Transnational Mobility

Bill Jordan and Franck Düvell

Irregular Migration is an extremely timely and topical book, analysing the fundamental tensions at the core of present attempts to manage the movement of population in today’s world. Recent events around the globe have prompted a reappraisal of the emerging consensus on migration control.


Bill Jordan and Franck Düvell

Subjects: development studies, migration, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, migration, urban and regional studies, migration


We would like to thank the ESRC (Grant Number R000236838) for funding the main research project reported in this book and the Nuffield Foundation for its support for the study of Brazilian migrants on which we additionally drew. We also acknowledge with thanks the funding provided by the European Commission for our part in the comparative project on immigration control practices and migrant strategies in the UK, Germany, Italy and Greece. We are very grateful to the representatives of all the refugee and immigrant support groups, and the staff of public services, who gave us interviews about their work. We thank the then Immigration Service Enforcement Directorate for giving us access to, and interviews about, its operations, and the managers and staff of Work Permits (UK) for their time and trouble, not only in taking part in our research on their organisation, but also for helping us recruit work permit holders to be interviewed. The research could not have been carried out without the skill and commitment of our interviewers, Kylza Estrella, Emilia Breza, Thomas Stapke and Akgül Baylav, who traced and enlisted the interviewees from Brazil, Poland and Turkey. We very much appreciate their contribution to the work. We are also very grateful to the interviewees for their participation, trust and openness. Their accounts form the main body of the book. During the fieldwork, we had encouragement, support and helpful criticism from a wide range of colleagues, social workers and community activists. Among the many we would...

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