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Time, Migration and Forced ImmobilitySub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco$
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Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201970

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201970.001.0001

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Travelling Adventures: Migration as an Existential Quest

Travelling Adventures: Migration as an Existential Quest

(p.37) 3 Travelling Adventures: Migration as an Existential Quest
Time, Migration and Forced Immobility

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This chapter focuses on migrants’ journeys from their countries of origin to Morocco. The text analyses how phases of mobility and immobility are interdependent parts of the complex migration trajectories of my migrant research subjects. It explores the variety of obstacles that migrants encounter during travel towards Morocco, and the ways in which they continue to negotiate their social locations with respect to mobility along the way. By reviewing the variety of regulatory authorities (market, state and family) that structure their movement, I will show how aspirations and capabilities to migrate are produced and reproduced not only at the point of departure, but also along the way. Thus, rather than transiting through different places, the data shows how migrants’ journeys are best described as “fractured stays” in various places. These stays and the ways in which people travel do not leave them unchanged. Instead, it has a profound impact on themselves and their future migratory project. The migratory experience becomes a way of life which influences every other aspect of their identit

Keywords:   Existential migration, Adventure, Migratory process, Forces that shape movement, Reasons to migrate

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