Chapter 32: Solidarities and disjunctures in the (global) mobilization of migrant workers
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Most drivers of migration are related to lacking opportunities for employment or income generation. As international migrants and non-citizens, workers are commonly disadvantaged, subjected to discriminatory practices and exploitative abuse, primarily due to their specific labour market positioning and migration status. This chapter probes into the various ways in which migrant workers’ precarious status impacts on their political agency in the search for possible ways to overcome their marginalisation: as noncitizens or ‘denizens’; as undocumented migrants and unauthorised workers; or as temporary contract workers. By drawing on global governance studies, human rights studies and political sociology, it is argued that for most migrant workers today, the translation of their experience and hardship into effective rights claims occurs via mobilisation into collective organisations and transnational advocacy networks which direct their advocacy at various levels of policymaking: local, national, regional, global and both state and non-state actors.

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