Irregular Migrants in Belgium and the Netherlands

Aspirations and Incorporation

Masja van Meeteren

Masja van Meeteren

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

240 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089646439 Will Publish November 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This book surveys the many different ways in which irregular migrants settle and make a living in Belgium and the Netherlands. Offering an empirically grounded theoretical critique of the dominant research’s focus on survival strategies, overreliance on comparisons of migrant communities, and overemphasis on structural explanations, Masja van Meeteren instead takes the aspirations of irregular migrants as her starting point, which opens up fascinating new questions about their lives and roles in their new home nations.
Stephen Castles | University of Sydney
“This groundbreaking study . . . shows how the focus of previous research on structures and control has led to misleading views on irregular migration.”
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