Contested control at the margins of the state

Eule, Tobias Georg; Loher, David; Wyss, Anna (2017). Contested control at the margins of the state. Journal of ethnic and migration studies : JEMS, 44(16), pp. 2717-2729. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1401511

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While the fact that the implementation of migration policies fails to perfectly manage migration is well known, the actual dynamics of policy implementation have received little attention to date. A serious engagement with this phenomenon requires a move beyond policy texts and political intentions, and towards a ‘migration regime’ perspective that pays attention to the inherent contradictions, conflicts of interest and competing logics within migration control practices. This collection posits a multi-actor perspective that includes state agents, migrants and non-state actors alike and proposes three key factors that require a closer examination: competing institutional logics, discretionary practices and migrants’ agency. Based on original empirical research, the contributions of this collection ‘zoom in’ on specific asymmetrical negotiations over the right to enter or remain in Europe, and focus on the institutional logics and interplay between the different actors involved.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Legal Theory and History of Law > Legal and Political Theory
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Public Law > Institute of Public Law

UniBE Contributor:

Eule, Tobias Georg, Loher, David, Wyss, Anna


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law








David Loher

Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2017 15:28

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:08

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Irregular migration, migration policy, migration regime, migrant agency, border control


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