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Ould Moctar, Hassan (2023) 'Autonomy within entanglements: Illegalised migrants, the EU border regime, and the political economy of Nouadhibou, Mauritania.' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 41 (1). pp. 56-73.

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This article contributes to debates about the autonomy of migration (AoM) by ethnographically detailing the EU border regime's external operations in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. In showing how the EU border regime is entangled within the political economy and social relations of the city, it offers three contributions to AoM discussion. Firstly, it nuances and reframes the interplay between illegalised migrants and the border regime by showing that it can take multiple forms, some less antagonistic than others. Secondly, it contextualises this interplay by situating it within the historical trajectory and social relations of the political economy in which it unfolds. Thirdly, it highlights the relevance of the Global South context of this analysis to AoM debate, much of which has been concerned with European contexts and Europe-bound movement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mauritania, Nouadhibou, political economy, EU border regime, autonomy of migration
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14723433
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 16:37
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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