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Reconfiguring migration: an introduction


Mobility patterns in Africa are changing. They never were fixed, but they have been embedded for centuries in the policy regimes regulating local, regional and global economies. However, currently, the intersection of global politics of securitization and African everyday politics governed by inequality, disenchantment, survival and aspiration has accelerated changes. This themed section is concerned with the social effects of these changes as Africans struggle to attain their goals, whether they are migrants or not.

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S. S. Willen (2015) ‘Lightning rods in the local moral economy: debating unauthorized migrants’ deservingness in Israel’, International Migration 53 (3): 7086.

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  • ISSN: 0001-9720
  • EISSN: 1750-0184
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