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Brokering High-Risk Migration and Illegality in West Africa : Abroad at any cost.

Author: Maybritt Jill Alpes
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2016.
Series: Studies in migration and diaspora.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Alpes, Maybritt Jill.
Brokering High-Risk Migration and Illegality in West Africa : Abroad at any cost.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maybritt Jill Alpes
ISBN: 9781317186045 1317186044
OCLC Number: 963587533
Notes: Notes.
Description: 1 online resource (255 pages).
Contents: Cover; Endorsement; Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of figures; Wrestling games between a lawyer and a fortune-teller; Acknowledgements; Lexicon; Introduction: Migration risks at points of departure ; Migration risks and aspirations; Bushfalling in contemporary anglophone Cameroon; The imminence of departure: Witchcraft, jealousy and secrecy; Information, bad luck and conceptions of success; The geographical and historical emergence of bushfalling; The black bush and the worldly bush; Precedents of labour migration. From migrants as 'been to's' to migrants as bushfallersHuman trafficking and the organisation of human mobility; From human trafficking to vulnerabilities at points of departure; From vulnerable migrant women to constraints on people's attempts at controlling migration; From illegal migration to the production of migration risks; The plurality of regulatory authorities: State, market and family; Research methodology: Marriage, money and papers; Localising departure projects; Research techniques; Departure: Plan of the book; Notes; 1 Why aspiring migrants give money to migration brokers. Relations between migration brokers and aspiring migrantsMigrating through lines and programmes; From traffickers and smugglers to dokimen, feymen and 'big men'; A trip to the airport; Risking money in times of crisis; Mr James and Pamella's parents: surviving the younger ones; Pamella's quest for authority; Involuntary return: the ends and means of migration; Trading transformative potentials; Conclusion; Notes; 2 Why migration brokers can survive failures; To follow doki: The power of brokers and the production of papers. First encounters with Mr Walter and Mr James: The power of a connectionRange of mediators for migration: 'Big men' and dokimen; Beyond illegality: Powerful brokers and papers that work; The emergence of Mr James as a migration broker: Moral economies of connectivity; Perceptions by clients; The biographical trajectory of Mr James; Closure: The limits of a director and his department; Managing information and connections; Credibility and the realm of the official; 'They can send him back?' Exploring the limits of the law; Mr Walter and his employees; Mr Walter's personal trajectory; Conclusion. Notes3 What it takes to get a visa; Visas, legality and technologies of mediation; Travel permits, luck and mediation; Delphine's passport: Bridging the inside and the outside of institutional walls; Delphine's visa and the remoteness of regulatory requirements; Delphine's departure: Visas, mangos and foolishness; Legal mediation and mediated law: Behind the window of the US consulate service; At McDonald's: Chance in the production chain; Rule by decision; Mediated law and the production of boundaries; Travel permits and money; Visas as tickets; Price and fee; Visas as revenue; Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies in migration and diaspora.

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`Based on first rate ethnographic research, Jill Alpes illuminates how young Africans attempt to migrate `at all costs'. By pinpointing the paradoxes between mobility and control, the book provides Read more...

 
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