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An Ethnography of Migrant ‘Illegality’ in Sweden: Included yet Excepted?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2010 (English)In: Journal of International Political Theory, ISSN 1755-0882, Vol. 6, no 1, 95-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how migrant ‘illegality’ is experienced in the Swedish context. How do ‘illegal’ migrants manage work, housing, healthcare, safety and a family life in the absence of access to formal provisions? What are their survival strategies? I use direct quotations from undocumented migrants themselves to build a multifaceted picture of migrant ‘illegality’. Following Willen's (2007) call for a ‘critical phenomenology of illegality’, I move beyond the socio-political situation of undocumented migrants to their embodied experiences of being ‘illegal’. I conclude that undocumented migrants are not excluded but are excepted; they have not been thrown out, but neither are they considered participants. Undocumented migrants are included in society without being recognised as members.

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2010. Vol. 6, no 1, 95-116 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnography, Sweden, undocumented migrants, vulnerability
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42591DOI: 10.3366/E1755088210000479OAI: diva2:349852
Available from: 2010-09-08 Created: 2010-09-08 Last updated: 2010-09-13Bibliographically approved

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