Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447319375 Will Publish August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447319368 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Living on the Margins

Undocumented Migrants in a Global City

Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

Living on the Margins

Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447319375 Will Publish August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447319368 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
As debates over immigration policy rage in the United States and around the globe, Living on the Margins offers profound insight into the working lives of undocumented migrants themselves. Focusing on London-based migrants and their employers, Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay expose the contradictions in policy and interactions among class, immigration hierarchies, and gender that operate within the ethnic enclave economy, marginalizing and criminalizing these migrants while promoting exploitative labor markets. But the authors also offer hope, revealing how migrants can be active agents in shaping their lives within the constraints of their undocumented status. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book places migrant research in a global context, providing theoretical, policy, and empirical analyses that travel across borders.
Contents
List of tables
Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
2. Policy, law and rights
3. Migration: Motives, journey and status mobility
4. Undocumented migrants living and working in London
5. Ethnic enclave entrepreneurs
6. Social networks and social lives
7. The consequences of being undocumented
8. Grasping life on the margins

References
Index
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
"Bloch and McKay not only show the challenges faced by those living without documentation, but also explore current legislation and policies that are shaping these experiences."
Don Flynn | Chartist
Living on the Margins takes us a bit further than the platitudes of ‘commonsense’ when it comes to understanding the ethnic enclaves at the sharp end of immigration enforcement. . . . Bloch and McKay provide a thorough-going account of . . . the undocumented migrant.”
Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
"A very welcome contribution in a context where immigrants are seen as scapegoats for unemployment and weakening social cohesion."
Jacqueline Maria Hagan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Based on lengthy interviews with workers and employers from China, Turkey, and Bangladesh, this book documents in tragic detail the penalties of ‘illegality’ for undocumented migrants living and working in London during an era of global economic downturn. Essential and timely.”
John Solomos, University of Warwick
“This is a fascinating and accessible account of the everyday lives of undocumented migrants. Drawing on high quality empirical research, it provides a compelling narrative of their experiences and how they navigate the pressures of living on the margins of society.”
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