Who has the better deal? The “left-behind wife” or the travelling, bread-winning husband? Reflections about a misconception on gender equality.
Unlawful push-backs of migrants at the European border implemented by Spanish and Moroccan security forces have become highly visible throughout 2014. These repressive practices as well as the human rights discourses justifying or condemning them tell much about today’s power relations in postcolonial Euro-African borderlands: negotiated by various local, national and European actors, yet constantly contested and transformed through transnational migrants’ mobility.
The answer to this question might seem pretty obvious. Everybody claims to know what a migrant is, since migration is an omnipresent issue in media and politics. But is the term really so easily defined? And who defines himself as a migrant?
What do people take into their luggage when they change their countries of residence? How does their attachment to things, places and people change over time?