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Contested Control at the Margins of the State

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Eule Tobias G., Loher David, Wyss Anna,
Project Lost in Transit? Fragmented Journeys of Young Migrants with no Chance of Admission in Europe
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume (Issue) 44
Page(s) 2717 - 2729
Title of proceedings Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
DOI 10.1080/1369183x.2017.1401511


While the fact that the implementation of migration policies fails to perfectly manage migration is well known, the actual dynamics of policy implementation have received little attention to date. A serious engagement with this phenomenon requires a move beyond policy texts and political intentions, and towards a ‘migration regime’ perspective that pays attention to the inherent contradictions, conflicts of interest and competing logics within migration control practices. This collection posits a multi-actor perspective that includes state agents, migrants and non-state actors alike and proposes three key factors that require a closer examination: competing institutional logics, discretionary practices and migrants’ agency. Based on original empirical research, the contributions of this collection ‘zoom in’ on specific asymmetrical negotiations over the right to enter or remain in Europe, and focus on the institutional logics and interplay between the different actors involved.