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Struggle for Mobility: Risk, hope and community of knowledge in Eritrean and Ethiopian migration pathways towards Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. (Social Anthropology)
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

On the basis of the ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Sweden, Italy, Sudan and Ethiopia during 2013–2015, this study examines the motivations, organizations and impact of overland migratory journeys from Ethiopia and Eritrea across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea to Sweden. The analysis involves the exploring of how migrants strive to prepare, manage and survive the multiple risks and structural barriers they encounter: the exits from Eritrea and Ethiopia, negotiations and contacts with various brokers and facilitators, organized crime and violence, restrictive border controls, passage through the Desert and high Sea and finally, ‘managing the asylum system in Sweden’. Further, it maps how the process of contemporary refugee mobility and multiple transitions is facilitated by the entanglement of transnational social relations and smuggling practices. The study argues for a perspective wherein migration journeys are embedded in and affected by the process of dynamic intergenerational, translocal and transnational social relations, material practices and knowledge productions. It depicts how practices and facilitations of irregular migratory mobility reproduce collective knowledge that refugees mobilize to endure risks during their journey, establishing a community and creating a home after arriving at the destination location.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University , 2017. , 251 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in social anthropology, ISSN 0347-0830 ; N.S., 15
Keyword [en]
refugee journey, irregular migration, vulnerability, hope, human smuggling, knowledge, community, mobility, migration infrastructure, diaspora
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141848ISBN: 978-91-7649-690-9 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7649-691-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141848DiVA: diva2:1089593
Public defence
2017-06-07, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-04-20 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved

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