Foggy Social Structures

Irregular Migration, European Labour Markets and the Welfare State

Edited by Michael Bommes and Giuseppe Sciortino

Foggy Social Structures

Edited by Michael Bommes and Giuseppe Sciortino

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

229 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789089643414 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

European countries are currently involved in several irregular migration systems, resulting in undocumented populations estimated to be in the millions. Without a certified identity, these immigrants live and work—and challenge previously existing notions of political statehood and society membership. An intelligent, poignant analysis of these systems’ effects on individual immigrant populations, as well as the nations in which they reside, Foggy Social Structures provides a historical and comparative account of irregular migration and its relationship to European labor markets.


1. Irregular migration as a structural phenomenon
      Michael Bommes and Giuseppe Sciortino
Part  I: Irregular Migration and Eastern Enlargement
2. From Irregular migranst to fellow Europeans: Changes in Romanian migratory flows
      Remus Gabriel Anghel
3. Illegality in everyday life: Polish workers in Dutch agriculture
      Emilia Brinkmeier
4. The informal economy of paid domestic work: Ukrainian and Polish migrants in Naples
      Lena Näre
Part II: Irregular Migration and the Hidden Welfare Regime
5. Gaining an insight into Central European transnational care spaces: Migrant live-in care workers in Austria
      Sandra Gendera
6. Irregular migration and foggy organizational structures: Implications of a German city study
      Maren Wilmes
Part III: Policy Reponses
7. Labour market flexibility and worker security in an age of migration
      Alex Balch and Sam Scott
8. Immigration control and strategies of irregular immigrants: From light to thick fog
      Godfried Engbersen and Dennis Broeders
9. Regularisation of immigrants in Southern Europe: What can be learned from Spain?
      Claudia Finotelli
10. In lieu of a conclusion: Steps towards a conceptual framework for the study of irregular migration
      Michael Bommes and Giuseppe Sciortino


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