Citizenship, rights and mobility at the margins.

Irregular migration and informal street work among homeless West-African migrants in Copenhagen

Bidragets oversatte titel: medborgerskab, rettigheder og mobilitet på samfundets kant, : overlevelsesstrategier og uformel gadeaktivitet blandt hjemløse migranter i København

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Resumé

Copenhagen increasingly receives the visit of poor but resourceful jobseekers of West African origin. Although often associated with the so-called migration crisis in the Mediterranean, the presence of these men is first and foremost a result of the economic recession in Southern Europe, where many have lived and worked for many years. Driven by current unemployment, they move North in search of job and income opportunities. As jobs prove unavailable, many end on the streets surviving on charities and incomes gained from can and bottle collection.
Taking upon themselves the label of homeless has not meant that migrants have lost hope of being able to improve their situation. When jobs failed to materialise, they created their own job-marked through bottle and can-collection just as they have found creative ways of surviving as homeless on the streets. As non-taxpayers, their rights are nonetheless limited just as their livelihoods imply acquiring an undesirable or even illegitimate status. Recently, the municipality and the State have launched new policies, which criminalize previously legal practices such as begging and ‘encampment’ in public spaces. Also adjustments of the bottle-refunding system have been proposed. The paper will look at the (sliding) practices of public and private authorities vis a vis this new type of migrants. Through interviews with street lawyers, social workers and homeless migrants, it will highlight how rights, privileges and obligations are being reformulated in the attempt to exclude this group of mobile EU residents.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato23 maj 2018
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 23 maj 2018
BegivenhedAPAD conference 2018. International Conference: Migrations, Development and Citizenship - Roskilde University, Roskilde, Danmark
Varighed: 23 maj 201825 maj 2018
http://events.ruc.dk/apad-conference/programme.html

Konference

KonferenceAPAD conference 2018. International Conference
LokationRoskilde University
LandDanmark
ByRoskilde
Periode23/05/201825/05/2018
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Juul, K. (2018). Citizenship, rights and mobility at the margins. Irregular migration and informal street work among homeless West-African migrants in Copenhagen. Afhandling præsenteret på APAD conference 2018. International Conference, Roskilde, Danmark.
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