Illegality, Inc.

Ruben Andersson
University of California Press (August 2014 in USA, 1 September 2014 in UK) 

In this ground-breaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson, a gifted anthropologist and journalist, travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe’s increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target–the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the 'illegal immigrants' themselves to the vast industry built around their movements. This fascinating and accessible book is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics of international migration and the changing texture of global culture.

  • Ruben Andersson is an AXA postdoctoral research fellow in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit in the London School of Economics and Political Science's Department of International Development

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