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Transit Migration in Niger

Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?

Sébastien Moretti

lives in attempts to circumvent the controls, but have also jeopardized the economy and the stability of a region that has become heavily dependent on the phenomenon of “transit migration.” In turn, this situation has created tension between authorities

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

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

terms (e.g., destination country, receiving country, and country of origin) that we rely on here and retrace some of the scholarship that has evolved around transit migration over the last decades. While the process of transiting through several

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Managing a Multiplicity of Interests

The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya

Melissa Phillips

International Relations 13 ( 1 ): 1 – 11 . 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2010.00435.x Boubakri , Hassen. 2004 . “ Transit Migration Between Tunisia, Libya and Sub-Saharan Africa: Study Based on Greater Tunis .” Paper presented at the Council of Europe Regional

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When Transit States Pursue Their Own Agenda

Malaysian and Indonesian Responses to Australia's Migration and Border Policies

Antje Missbach and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

in understanding Malaysia's role in transit migration in Southeast Asia. Many asylum seekers and refugees enter Malaysia legally as tourists and wait, work, and sometimes register with the UNHCR before moving on to Indonesia, the secondary staging

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Dirty Work, Dangerous Others

The Politics of Outsourced Immigration Enforcement in Mexico

Wendy Vogt

scholarship has addressed the political, economic, and social dimensions of transit migration in countries worldwide ( Basok et al. 2015 ; Collyer et al. 2012 ; Mainwaring and Brigden 2016 ; Missbach 2015 ; Phillips and Missbach 2017b ). Of particular

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“Looking for One's Life”

Trapped Mobilities and Adventure in Morocco

Sébastien Bachelet

context of “transitmigration in Morocco. I then examine migrants’ notion of the “adventure” to signify their own journeys in pursuit of their lives rather than a fixed destination. Migrants’ perilous journeys experienced as epic quests—requiring courage

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Sabina Barone and Mehdi Alioua

In this interview with Sabina Barone, Mehdi Alioua—Sociology Professor at the Université Internationale de Rabat (International University of Rabat), Morocco—reflects on the transformations that Sub-Saharan African migration has brought to Moroccan society over the last two decades, in particular with reference to identity and the denominations of the foreign others, the internal and regional dynamics of (im)mobility, and the challenges to social coexistence and national migration policies. He proposes conceptual categories such as "transmigrant,” “migration by stages,” and “migratory crossroads” to capture the complexity of the mobile experiences unfolding in Morocco. Based on his trajectory of engaged scholarship in favor of migrants and refugees, he calls for a renewed South-South and North-South academic collaboration and cross-fertilization through small scale, bottom-up research made possible by friendship among scholars.

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From Ecuador to Elsewhere

The (Re)Configuration of a Transit Country

Soledad Álvarez Velasco

), the case of Ecuador as a transit country has not been widely recognized or studied. By analyzing how and why Ecuador has become a transit country, this article makes a contribution to the field of transit migration studies with findings and reflections

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Jelena Tošić and Annika Lems

perspectives. By paying attention to the emic notions migrants stuck in Morocco or aspiring to leave Algeria use to describe their situation, Sébastien Bachelet and Farida Souiah show that oft-used analytical concepts, such as “transit migration” or “irregular

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Recentering the South in Studies of Migration

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Press . Içduygu , Ahmet , and Deniz Yükseker . 2012 . “ Rethinking Transit Migration in Turkey: Reality and Re-presentation in the Creation of a Migratory Phenomenon .” Population, Space and Place 18 ( 4 ): 441 – 456 . 10.1002/psp.633