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Living on the MarginsUndocumented Migrants in A Global City$
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Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319368

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319368.001.0001

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Migration: motives, journey and status mobility

Migration: motives, journey and status mobility

(p.51) Three Migration: motives, journey and status mobility
Living on the Margins

Alice Bloch

Sonia McKay

Policy Press

The focus of this chapter is on migration journeys and routes into becoming undocumented. The argument is that there is no one experience of these processes. Instead experiences combine with structural barriers and immigration policies, personal circumstances, opportunities and resources, both economic and social. In this chapter we start by exploring migration motives and reasons for coming to the UK among the undocumented migrants interviewed. We then examine the use of agents and smugglers, the journey itself and the different ways in which migrants initially entered the country. The third part of the chapter examines migrants’ routes in and out of different statuses and how and why they found themselves undocumented. Finally, we explore both attempts to regularise status and decisions for not attempting to do this. The chapter shows the ways in which motives, strategies and experiences varied and that there was a country of origin, ethnicity and gender dimension to these variations.

Keywords:   Migration motives, Journeys, Agents, Undocumented

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