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Practices of family and labour migration: queering law restrictions and undoing border regimes 
Alena Zelenskaia (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Irene Götz (LMU Munich)
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Tuesday 23 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding labour and family migration as well as family reunification of labor migrants in Europe and the broader impacts on their lives and communities. It seeks also to explore the ways of navigating the restrictions.

Long Abstract:

The EU border regime, known for its rigor, effectively distinguishes between wanted and unwanted migrants. While labor migration and family migration serve as legal pathways through the European border, they are not without their complexities. The panel will delve into the nuances of family reunion provisions for third-country nationals reuniting with their spouses who previously migrated to Europe to work. This aspect is critical in understanding labor market integration and the socio-economic challenges faced by migrant families. Historical perspectives, such as post-WWII European practices where family migration usually involved a dependent female spouse and minor children reuniting with a male labor migrant, will be discussed to contextualize current policies.

Additionally, this panel explores the various strategies and tactics of aspiring migrants as they adapt to the standards and trajectories required to obtain labor visas or family formation/reunification visas. This adaptation process involves “undoing the border”, which encompasses both subjecting oneself to these expectations, adapting to required subject positions, as well as everaging or creating opportunities to fulfill these requirements in less conventional ways.

The panel encourages presentations that engage with the practical knowledge and strategic notion of gaining legal access to the EU due labour and/or family formation/reunification and what this means for the migrants’ lifeworlds, biographies, and future aspirations. The strategies of migrants challenging the law restrictions and implications of these strategies will be a central theme.

(please be advised: by the beginning of EASA24 Alena Zelenskaia's affiliation will be different - at a Berlin institution)

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -