From radar systems to rickety boats: Borderline ethnography in Europe’s ‘illegality industry’

  • Abstract:

This paper is concerned with the problems and possibilities that mobility poses for social scientific research, as seen through the lens of my own work on irregular migration from West Africa towards southern Spain. I begin with two contrasting vignettes from Europe’s borders that illustrate the paradoxical role of mobility in the continent’s escalating ‘fight against illegal migration’ – as well as the challenges involved in grappling with such mobility ethnographically.

 

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