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Immobility of migration

In this issue, we examine the relationship between immobility and migration. While migration is often synonymous with movement, in reality, many people ‘on the move’ struggle to realise their aspirations and remain stuck. When movement is not an option, migration creates spaces of immobility filled with tensions, resignation, suffering, struggles and waiting. These include makeshift camps, processing centres, jails, workhouses and boats stuck in ports. In turn, people use their agency to reshape these and other immobile spaces that emerge in the process of migration.

Our authors delve into migrant immobilities, analysing the stateless status of Rohingyas in Myanmar; different ways of queuing at a Spanish border; the judicial attempts at quashing civil rescue missions in the Mediterranean; and the intersections between security, control, and regularity enabled by the Global Compact for Migration.

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Invisible immobilities: Statelessness in Southeast Asia

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Is regular migration truly safer for migrants? The pitfalls of ‘regular’ migration as ‘safe’ migration

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Stuck ships, prosecuted captains: How Europe imposes immobility 

Standing still to move on: Scenes of waiting at the border