'We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST': analysis of graffiti inscriptions made by intercepted migrants on their way

Derluyn, Ilse, Watters, Charles, Mels, Cindy and Broekaert, Eric (2012) 'We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST': analysis of graffiti inscriptions made by intercepted migrants on their way. Journal of Refugee Studies, 27 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0951-6328

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Abstract

Large numbers of migrants daily decide to undertake an often risky and protracted journey to leave their country, escaping from violence and poverty, in an effort to reach their ultimate goal: building a better life. Although extensive evidence shows how pre- and post-flight experiences can significantly threaten migrants’ wellbeing, little research investigates the impact of the flight itself and the way migrants cope with these flight experiences while ‘on the way’. The study took place in the waiting rooms of the police station near the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, where intercepted migrants stay for some time. Because of the constraints inherent in the study setting, we relied on the messages that migrants themselves chose to leave—in their mother tongues—on the police station’s walls and furniture. A discourse analysis of 179 inscriptions made by intercepted migrants revealed how these migrant communities show great solidarity, agency and resilience in dealing with their feelings and experiences in a political and social context that is marginalizing, depersonalizing or criminalizing them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: transit migrants, smuggling, trafficking, graffiti
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
Depositing User: Michael Davy
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 11:13
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 13:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45607
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