Migrant solidarity in postcolonial Europe: challenging borders, creating mobile commons

Claire English, Margherita Grazioli, Martina Martignoni

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Today, migration is one of the main concerns of global politics: social inequality, war and climate change are producing everyday people with the need (or the will) to move. Alongside this, globalisation and associated forms of communication have created the space for imagining a smaller and nearer world, where moving and migrating can and must be possible for everybody. Yet, the richest countries of the world are ‘protecting’ their borders, impeding freedom of movement of those who, coming from poorer countries, want to enter. In recent years, Europe and its (fluctuating) borders have come under particular scrutiny because of the intensity of the flux of migrants forced to travel through ‘illegal’ and unsafe routes. Can migrant solidarity as it is currently organised confront these issues, as part of a radical politics? How can migrant solidarity activism inform political theory? In this chapter, we will explore some possible answers to these questions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Radical Politics
EditorsRuth Kinna, Uri Gordon
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315619880
ISBN (Print)9781138665422
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019


  • migrant solidarity
  • postcolonialism
  • borders
  • migration
  • freedom of movement


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