“Looking for one’s life”: Trapped mobilities and adventure in Morocco

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This article examines how “irregular” migrants from Western and Central Africa make sense of their trapped mobility in Morocco: for many, crossing into Europe has become almost impossible, returning to home countries “empty-handed” a shameful option, and staying very difficult in the face of repeated infringement of their rights. I explore the limits of contemporary depictions of a “migration crisis” that portray migrants south of the Mediterranean Sea as simply en route to Europe and fail to engage with post/colonial entanglements. The article recalibrates the examination of migrants’ lived experiences of stasis and mobility by exploring the emic notion of “adventure” amongst migrants “looking for their lives.” A focus on how migrants articulate their own (im)mobility further exposes and defies the pitfalls of abstract concepts such as “transit migration”, which is misleading in its implication of a fixed destination.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMigration and Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019