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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
Volume (Issue) 17(1)
Page(s) 77 - 93
Title of proceedings Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
DOI 10.1080/15562948.2018.1514091


Due to lack of access to work and support services migrants with precarious legal status engage in onward mobility within EUrope and thus contest the migration regime that aims to control and limit their mobility. This article highlights the ambiguous nature of mobility from a critical mobilities perspective based on multi-sited ethnographic research and interviews with migrants in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. By focusing on their interrupted journeys, the article shows how migrants use mobility to secure basic needs and avoid migration control attempts and how this enhanced mobility aggravates emotional instability.