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“My Visa Application Was Denied, I Decided to Go Anyway”

Interpreting, Experiencing, and Contesting Visa Policies and the (Im)mobility Regime in Algeria

Farida Souiah

This article explores the ways people targeted by restrictive migration and mobility policies in Algeria experience, interpret, and contest them. It focuses on the perspective of harragas, literally “those who burn” the borders. In the Maghrebi dialects, this is notably how people leaving without documentation are referred to. It reflects the fact that they do not respect the mandatory steps for legal departure. Also, they figuratively “burn” their papers to avoid deportation once in Europe. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork, this article outlines the complex and ambiguous attitudes toward the legal mobility regime of those it aims to exclude: compliance, deception, delegitimization, and defiance. It contributes to debates about human experiences of borders and inequality in mobility regimes. It helps deepen knowledge on why restrictive migration and mobility policies fail and are often counterproductive, encouraging the undocumented migration they were meant to deter.

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Wake in Guangzhou

The History of the Earth

Maria Thereza Alves

opportunities for the influx of seeds. Trains, cars, ships, and animals also transport seeds. Wind and rain sweep seeds from one place to the other. The investigation of the arrival of seeds in Guangzhou began with Ibn Battuta, a Berber from Algeria who was a

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Transit Migration in Niger

Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?

Sébastien Moretti

) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) ( République du Niger 2015 ). Prior to that, departures from Agadez to both Libya and Algeria were organized openly and took place regularly, even under official military escort, for example, to

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Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

policies or have rejected the implementation of externally conceptualized “problem-solving” mechanisms in their territory and territorial waters. This has become most apparent in the recent refusal by the governments of Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and

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Mohamed Assaf and Kate Clanchy

three thousand times, including by Muslim footballers, French Algerian beauticians, and British poets, among others. It is not just his “cute” photo: it is because inside the elegant Arabic shadows and flowers we see a small child turning the globe and

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Policy coherence for development and migration

Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation

Harlan Koff

when Austria signed an accord with Tunisia. Since then, other high-profile agreements include those concluded between Spain and Morocco (1992), the United Kingdom and Algeria (2006), and Italy and Egypt (2007) (Casserino, 2012). Casserino notes that