Migration Control and Human Security

Authored by: Sharon Pickering , Marie Segrave , Claudia Tazreiter , Leanne Weber

The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671886
eBook ISBN: 9781315613239
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042648


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This chapter examines the use of migration controls against illegalized migrant workers. While there has been significant scholarly activity around the use of migration controls to deter and criminalize asylum seekers, there has been less attention given to the study of migrant workers. Migrant workers experience high levels of migration control, which may take many forms. Notably migration controls are highly fluid and often rely on frequent categorization and recategorization of the migration status of workers, who therefore shift from being legal to illegalized workers, or vice versa, in the eyes of the authorities. 1 1

L. Schuster, ‘The Continuing Mobility of Migrants in Italy: Shifting Between Places and Statuses’ (2005) 31(4) Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 757–74.

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