Stories of Border Crossers

A Critical Inquiry Into Forced Migrants’ Journey Narratives to the European Union

  • Hamza Safouane

Part of the Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens book series (PGNO)

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About this book


More than just reminding us that migrant voices matter, this book discusses the operationalization and integration of migrant narratives in the overall discourse and proposes a critical reflection on the knowledge production about migration. Hamza Safouane draws on personal testimonies from refugees and asylum seekers who came to Germany during the 2015 'long summer of migration' to examine migratory journeys from an immanent perspective. What analytical, ethical and methodological frameworks can be used to receive the stories of forced migrants and integrate them into a production of knowledge that is too often deaf to their voices? 

• A Critical Overview of Discourses on Migration
• The Migration Management Regime and the Mobility Regime
• Re-articulating the Notion of Hospitality as an Invitation to Speak
• Migration Discourses and Migrant Narratives
• Arranging Data into Knowledge: Accuracy, Truth, Biases
• The Phases of the Migratory Journey: Triggers, Obstacles, Tactics

Target Groups
• Academics and students in political science, sociology and political geography who are interested in migration.
• Migrants, practitioners in the field of migration policy and migration-related civil society, NGOs and international organizations.

The Author
Dr. Hamza Safouane received his doctorate in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech, USA and is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany.


Migration and asylum policy Forced migration Refugees Migration crisis Migration discourse Research ethics Immigration to the European Union

Authors and affiliations

  • Hamza Safouane
    • 1
  1. 1.Wirtschafts- und SozialwissenschaftenHelmut Schmidt UniversitätHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Science and Law (German Language)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-27402-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-27403-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2626-224X
  • Series Online ISSN 2626-2258
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