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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

(Im)Mobile Trajectories and Money on the Move: Economic Interactions in Undocumented Migration to Europe

Hannah Pool


 
Mobility in undocumented migration is only possible through access to money and economic interactions. Thus, this dissertation project examines undocumented migration trajectories from Iran and Afghanistan to Western Europe through the lens of economic transactions and asks how these are embedded in social relations. The research objective is twofold. Firstly, it aims to understand how economic interactions with direct and indirect participants are structured, and the variety of different forms of embedding that exist. Secondly, through these economic interactions, it aims to reveal how mobility and immobility are determined by financial and social capital, class, and power structures. By focusing on economic interactions, the agency, interests, and relationships of the individuals involved in undocumented migration are highlighted. The research will be conducted through eight months of multi-sited ethnography in Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Germany. Project duration: October 2017 to March 2021.
 

 
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