Chapter 14: Irregular times: refugees' struggles for a temporal justice in the European (im)mobility regime
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This chapter discusses how irregularity is a socio-legal product of today’s im-mobility regime at the global level. It focusses on the tensions between the intra-EU mobility of refugees and the EU border control system. Drawn on a 10-years ethnographic research across Italy and Germany, it highlights how the bordering processes affect mostly the temporal dimension of refugees’ lives. They experience a lengthened condition of ‘il-legality oscillation’ entailing a protracted existential precariousness where the future appears uncertain. The borders are constantly negotiated by migrant subjects through everyday struggles and transgressions based on an idea of temporal justice. Their everyday struggles aim at re-appropriate time ‘free’ from the power dynamics embedded in the border regime. Ultimately, the chapter argues that one of the main effects of the im-mobility regime is to delay the lives of racialized subjects, which remain stuck, suspended, or kept on the move under a regime of irregularity.

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