Migration infrastructures and the production of migrants’ irregularity in Japan and the United Kingdom

Nando Sigona*, Jotaro Kato, Irina Kuznetsova

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The article examines the migration infrastructures and pathways through which migrants move into, through and out of irregular status in Japan and the UK and how these infrastructures uniquely shape their migrant experiences of irregularity at key stages of their migration projects. Our analysis brings together two bodies of migration scholarship, namely critical work on the social and legal production of illegality and the impact of legal violence on the lives of immigrants with precarious legal status, and on the role of migration infrastructures in shaping mobility pathways. Drawing upon in-depth qualitative interviews with irregular and precarious migrants in Japan and the UK collected over a ten-year period, this article develops a three-pronged analysis of the infrastructures of irregularity, focusing on infrastructures of entry, settlement and exit, casting a comparative light on the mechanisms that produce precarious and expendable migrant lives in relation to access to labour and labour conditions, access and quality of housing and law enforcement, and how migrants adapt, cope, resist or eventually are overpowered by them.

本文言語English
論文番号31
ジャーナルComparative Migration Studies
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2021 12月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 人口統計学
  • 地理、計画および開発
  • 社会学および政治科学
  • 統計学、確率および不確実性
  • 法学

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