Critical Perspectives on Clandestine Migration Facilitation: An Overview of Migrant Smuggling Research

Author
Gabriella Sanchez
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal on Migration and Human Security
Volume
5
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Institution
Center for Migration Studies of New York
Abstract
Current representations of large movements of migrants and asylum seekers have become part of the global consciousness. Media viewers are bombarded with images of people from the global south riding atop of trains, holding on to dinghies, arriving at refugee camps, crawling beneath wire fences or being rescued after being stranded in the ocean or the desert for days. Images of gruesome scenes of death in the Mediterranean or the Arizona or Sahara deserts reveal the inherent risks of irregular migration, as bodies are pulled out of the water or corpses are recovered, bagged, and disposed of, their identities remaining forever unknown. Together, these images communicate a powerful, unbearable feeling of despair and crisis.
Topic
Migration
Political Geography
America