Inclusion and Exclusion in Europe
Migration, Work and Employment Perspectives
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Recent decades have seen the EU grappling with a major struggle between securitisation of its external borders and demand for exploitable and disposable cheap workforce in various sectors. In this process the EU has multiplied its borders by pushing them outwards and inwards.
The distinctions between migrants’ statuses of regularity and irregularity, legality and illegality, citizenship and non-citizenship in European migration policies has been continuously portrayed as a rigid black-and-white issue that effectively produces and sustains an analytical, political and practical divide that often obscures the commonalities in the workers’ dispossession and stays in the way of unified struggles for securing workers’ rights.
This collective volume aims to move beyond the perspective that situates migrants’ exclusion and inclusion solely in migration processes. It attempts to contextualise migration in the larger transformations of the local, national and transnational labour markets and relations that point to the ongoing processes of precarisation of working lives.
Looking at these processes of inclusion through exclusion at macro, micro and meso levels methodologically means that we not only seek to contextualise individual ethnographically documented experiences of immigrant labourers in the macro picture of challenges of up-to-date labour and migratory regimes, but to seek traces of new forms of collective responses and contestations emerging in these reconfiguring contexts.
'This is an important contribution that aims to uncover the broader aspects of migration in relation to work and employment. The chapters look at the edges of the social and the more hidden forms of work and exploitation, as well prompting us to think about and question the effectiveness of more established forms of responding to the issue of exclusion.'
Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester
'This edited volume could not be more timely in its critical examination of the intersection of precarious work and migration. Importantly migration is contextualised in wider transformation of local, national and transnational labour markets. Based on qualitative research by young scholars it goes beyond viewing migrants as victims, but focuses on their collective struggles as part of or supported by trade unions and grassroots organisation.'
Jane Hardy, University of Hertfordshire