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Governing Irregular Migration

Bordering Culture, Labour, and Security in Spain

This thorough analysis of immigration governance in Spain explores the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion at play at one of Europe’s southern borders. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and from parliamentary debates, laws, and policy documents, David Moffette reveals the complicated legal obstacles facing migrants with precarious immigration status. He shows how issues of culture, labour, and security intersect to create a regime of migration governance that is at once progressive and repressive. This book contributes to debates in socio-legal, border, and citizenship studies.

236 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

1 Studying the Governing of Irregular Migration

2 Early Problematizations: “Immigrants,” “Foreign Workers,” and “Illegals”

3 Culture: Race, Religion, and the National Imaginary

4 Labour: Flows, Workers, and the Labour Market

5 Security: Threats, Crime, and State Sovereignty

6 Multiscalar Governance: Borderwork, Desirability, and Deportability

7 Governing Immigration through Probation

Notes; References; Index

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