Migration Letters https://journals.tplondon.com/ml <p><a title="Migration Letters" href="https://journals.tplondon.com/ml"><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="https://journals.tplondon.com/public/site/images/sirkeci/ml-cover-a.png" alt="Migration Letters" height="200" /></em></a></p> <p><strong>Migration Letters</strong> is an international leading scholarly journal for researchers, students, scholars who investigate human migration as well as practitioners and quick dissemination of research in the field through its letter type format enabling concise sharing of short accounts of research, debates, case studies, book reviews and viewpoints in this multidisciplinary field of social sciences. Migration Letters is the first-ever letter-type journal in migration studies launched in 2004. It is following a strict double-blind peer review policy for research articles. <strong>Migration Letters</strong> is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November.</p> <p>ISSN: 1741-8984 | e-ISSN: 1741-8992 | The abbreviated title of Migration Letters journal is: Migrat. Lett. | <strong>Migration Letters</strong> is abstracted and indexed widely including by SCOPUS and Web of Science.</p> Transnational Press London en-US Migration Letters 1741-8984 Kunal Parker. (2015). Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/995 <p>Parker, K. (2015). <em>Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000. </em>New York: Cambridge University Press. (xii + 259 pp., ISBN: 978-1-107-69851-2).</p> Stephanie Pedron Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 559 560 10.33182/ml.v17i4.995 Schielke, Samuli. (2020). Migrant Dreams, Egyptian Workers in the Gulf States https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/1088 <p>Schielke, Samuli. (2020). Migrant Dreams, Egyptian Workers in the Gulf States. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press (xii + 154 pp., ISBN: 978-9-774169-56-4). Reviewed by Rania M. Rafik Khalil</p> Rania M Rafik Khalil Copyright (c) 2020 Transnational Press London 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 561 562 10.33182/ml.v17i4.1088 Regimes of Intersection: Facing the Manifold Interplays of Discourses, Institutions, and Inequalities in the Regulation of Migration https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/710 <p><em>This article proposes to move towards an intersectional regime perspectives to enhance our understanding of the interrelations of borders, boundaries, and inequalities in migration contexts. It addresses a conspicuous mismatch in current research: While the contingencies and context-dependencies of migration regimes are widely acknowledged, little attention has been paid to the actual interwoven mechanisms and processes that link political orders to social formations. We suggest amending already existing analyses of intersectional effects of migration-related ‘lines of oppression’ in two regards. First, we argue for focusing on the intersectional dynamics of political rationalities that give rise to boundaries and borders (the securitisation, the economisation, and the humanitarianisation of migration). Second, we highlight the need to investigate the intersections between different fields of practice involved in the implementation and enactment of boundaries and borders. We conclude by identifying key challenges and promises of an intersectional regime perspective for migration research. </em></p> Anna Amelina Kenneth Horvath Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 487 497 10.33182/ml.v17i4.710 Cross-border Migration and Gender Boundaries in Central Eastern Europe – Female Perspectives https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/700 <p><em>In post-Socialist countries, cross-border labour migration has become a common individual and family livelihood strategy. The paper is based on the analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted with two ethnic Hungarian women whose lives have been significantly reshaped by cross-border migration. Focusing on the interplay of gender and cross-border migration, our aim is to reveal how gender roles and boundaries are reinforced and repositioned by labour migration in the post-socialist context where both the socialist dual-earner model and conventional ideas of family and gender roles simultaneously prevail. We found that cross-border migration challenged these women to pursue diverse strategies to balance their roles of breadwinner, wife, and mother responsible for reproductive work. Nevertheless, the boundaries between female and male work or status were neither discursively nor in practice transgressed. Thus, the effect of cross-border migration on altering gender boundaries in post-socialist peripheries is limited.</em></p> Ágnes Erőss Monika Mária Váradi Doris Wastl-Walter Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 499 509 10.33182/ml.v17i4.700 The Reconfiguration of European Boundaries and Borders: Cross-border Marriages from the Perspective of Spouses in Sri Lanka https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/696 <p><em>Cross-border marriages between citizens with a migration background and spouses from non-EU countries have been politicised and restricted across Europe. This article simultaneously applies the analytical lenses of bordering and boundary work to this issue and de-centres the perspective by investigating the consequences of these restrictions not on Europe, but on a country of origin – Sri Lanka. We show that a particular symbolic boundary against cross-border marriages in European countries legitimises the externalisation of borders to the country of origin. This has important consequences for the female spouses before they even begin their journey to Europe: it challenges their life aspirations, enhances their economic dependency and precarity and directly impacts the marriage system in Sri Lanka. We argue that this situation creates a form of neo-colonial governmentality that perpetuates historically established forms of Western politics of belonging.</em></p> Janine Dahinden Joëlle Moret Shpresa Jashari Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 511 520 10.33182/ml.v17i4.696 (Re)producing Boundaries While Enforcing Borders in Immigration Detention https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/692 <p><em>Immigration detention centres can be conceptualised as sites of bordering that separate the wanted from the unwanted and reify the boundary between citizens and non-citizens. Using boundary making as an analytical lens that allows getting insights into the work of borders, this paper addresses the relationship between staff and detainees in these ambiguous sites, asking how staff members engage in boundary work to distance themselves from the pains of detainees and to legitimise their work in an institution of exclusion. It considers boundary making based on three kinds of categories – race, ethnicity and culture; (il)legality and (un)deservingness; and unknownness and criminality – that are morally charged. Through the construction of detainees as culturally and morally different, illegal and undeserving, as well as potentially dangerous, prison staff contribute to the reinforcement of borders, legitimating their exclusionary dimension.</em></p> Laura Rezzonico Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 521 530 10.33182/ml.v17i4.692 Manifestations and Contestations of Borders and Boundaries in Everyday Understandings of Integration https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/836 <p><em>This article asks how borders and boundaries manifest themselves in understandings of integration. Drawing on qualitative interviews with migrant descendants living in Zürich, Switzerland, it investigates how understandings of integration are experienced, interpreted, appropriated and modified, in relation to either the self or others. I employ de Certeau’s theory of the practice of everyday life to establish how borders and boundaries are reflected in individual meaning-making, perceptions of self and other and the ways in which people situate themselves in society. I demonstrate not only that the interplay between borders and boundaries informs specific aspects of migration governance such as integration policies, but also that people employ tactics based on enunciations of integration to act upon the social position they are allocated as a result of ascribed, racialised markers of difference.</em></p> Carolin Fischer Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 531 540 10.33182/ml.v17i4.836 Feeling Strange. The Role of Emotion in Maintaining and Overcoming Borders and Boundaries https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/711 <p><em>This article argues that a focus on emotion and affect helps to understand the processes of constructing and negotiating borders and boundaries critically. To do so, the article analyses two distinct yet connected cases in Austria: On the one hand, it discusses political discourse after the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015 and shows, how a “politics of fear” was employed to regain control after a brief moment of relative freedom of movement. The second part of the analysis presents outcomes of an interview-based study with Austrians who engaged in a very intense form of refugee help by entering sponsorships with young male refugees. The analysis shows the role of emotions in legitimate restrictive border practices as well as their potential of creating solidarity across boundaries. </em></p> Paul Scheibelhofer Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 541 550 10.33182/ml.v17i4.711 Everyday Re-Bordering and the Intersections of Borderwork, Boundary Work and Emotion Work amongst Romanians Living in the UK https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/839 <p><em>This article explores the intersections of borderwork and boundary work in everyday encounters in the UK. It focuses on the experiences of Romanian nationals, who between 2007 and 2014 were subject to transitional controls, which are understood as a form of everyday re-bordering of the de-bordered space of the EU that denied equal access to the labour market and state support. These controls were accompanied by a range of bordering discourses in the media and political circles that firmly situated Romanians outside of the UK’s contemporary political project of belonging. This article argues that in order to understand borderwork in everyday life, we need to explore how it relates to boundary work, i.e. the differential positionalities of Romanians within social hierarchies, as well as their experiences of and engagement with emotion work. The data analysed comes from participant observation with Romanian communities in London and the North East of England in the period from 2009 to 2014.</em></p> Kathryn Cassidy Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 551 558 10.33182/ml.v17i4.839 Revisiting Borders and Boundaries: Exploring Migrant Inclusion and Exclusion from Intersectional Perspectives https://journals.tplondon.com/ml/article/view/1085 <p><em>In recent years, scholarly interest in boundaries and boundary work, on the one hand, and borders and bordering, on the other, has flourished across disciplines. Notwithstanding the close relationship between the two concepts, “borders” and “boundaries” have largely been subject to separate scholarly debates, or sometimes treated as synonymous. These trends point to an important lack of conceptual and analytical clarity as to what borders and boundaries are and are not, what distinguishes them from each other and how they relate to each other. This Special Issue tackles this conceptual gap by bringing the two fields of studies together: we argue that boundaries/boundary work and borders/bordering should be treated as interrelated rather than distinct phenomena. Boundaries produce similarities and differences that affect the enforcement, performance and materialisation of borders, which themselves contribute to the reproduction of boundaries. Borders and boundaries are entangled, but they promote different forms and experiences of inclusion and exclusion. In this introduction, we elaborate the two concepts separately before examining possible ways to link them theoretically. Finally, we argue that an intersectional perspective makes it possible to establish how the interplay of different social categories affects the articulations and repercussions of borders and boundaries. The contributions in this Special Issue address this issue from multiple perspectives that reflect a variety of disciplines and theoretical backgrounds and are informed by different case studies in Europe and beyond. </em></p> Carolin Fischer Christin Achermann Janine Dahinden Copyright (c) 2020 Migration Letters 2020-07-30 2020-07-30 17 4 477 485 10.33182/ml.v17i4.1085