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Time, Migration and Forced ImmobilitySub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco$
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Inka Stock

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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Facing Time and the Absurd

Facing Time and the Absurd

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Time, Migration and Forced Immobility

Inka Stock

Policy Press

This chapter changes the perspective and focuses on migrants’ image of themselves when stuck in Morocco. It describes the experience of being stuck in transit as an existential dilemma and analyses migrants’ efforts to resynchronize their temporal frames of reference with those of the external world. Through the stories of migrants I interviewed, I show how people become disconnected from the past and the future and struggle with a meaningless life in the present. This places them in a situation which they themselves conceive as absurd or senseless. This existence “out of time” can affect their capacity to take informed decisions about their life, to plan for the future and to care for their relations with families back home.

Keywords:   Time and migration, Temporality, Immobility

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