New publication: Sans Papiers - The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants

Posted on Tuesday 17th June 2014

Sans PapiersIRiS academic Dr Nando Sigona is co-author with Professor Alice Bloch and Professor Roger Zetter of Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants published by Pluto Press.

Undocumented migration is a significant and much debated global phenomenon, yet little is known about the reality of the lives of those involved. This book combines theoretical and policy debates with an in-depth exploration of the lived experiences of undocumented migrants in the UK from Zimbabwe, China, Brazil, Ukraine and Turkish Kurdistan. Built around their voices, the book provides a unique account of migratory processes, gendered experiences and migrant aspirations, exploring the challenges and contradictions of being a young undocumented migrant.

“The authors enlighten our understanding of what it is like to be young and undocumented in increasingly hostile contexts. Rich and nuanced, this book sheds light on these immigrants’ exclusion, exploitation and disappointments, but also on their resilience, resourcefulness, and hopes. A must read for anyone interested in what really lies behind policy debates about immigration today”.

Professor Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor, Associate Director at T Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University and author of Enduring Violence, Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala, University of California Press, 2011