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Micro-Management of Irregular Migration

Internal Borders and Public Services in London and Barcelona

  • This open access book discusses the internalisation of immigration control

  • Introduces a simple and compelling framework for systematic analysis

  • Combines theoretical insights of critical border studies with organisation theory

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Research Design, Cases and Methodology

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 47-56Open Access
  4. Migrant Irregularity in Britain and Spain, London and Barcelona

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 57-86Open Access
  5. Managing Irregularity Through the Provision of Public Healthcare

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 87-120Open Access
  6. Managing Irregularity Through the Provision of Public Education

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 121-154Open Access
  7. Managing Irregularity Through the Provision of Social Assistance

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 155-188Open Access
  8. Conclusion

    • Reinhard Schweitzer
    Pages 189-203Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides an analysis of the functioning, consequences and inherent limitations of internalised immigration control. By adopting the perspective of irregular residents as well as local service providers, the book sheds new light on the intricate mechanisms that either help or hinder the diffusion of immigration control into concrete institutional settings, like schools or hospitals. A simple and innovative analytical framework enables the systematic comparison of three different spheres of service provision across two distinct local as well as also national contexts. This is necessary to understand the complex interplay between formal law and policy, the intrinsic rules and logics operating within institutions, and the ethical or practical obligations and constraints attached to particular roles and professions. Based on empirical findings and rigorous analysis, the book argues that internalised control is part of the problem that irregular migration poses for society, rather than constituting a potential solution to it.


  • Micro-management irregular migration
  • Undocumented illegal migration micro-management
  • Internal immigration control in London and Barcelona
  • Internal immigration control in Spain and the UK
  • Immigration control through welfare provision
  • Access to public services for irregular migrants
  • Irregular migration and residence in Spain and the UK
  • Public service providers exercising immigration control
  • Migrants inclusion and exclusion from public services
  • Internal borders and bordering practices
  • Local implementation of immigration control policy
  • Civil servants and immigration control enforcement
  • Immigration control and enforcement in cities
  • Immigration control enforcement at the local level
  • Local government and irregular undocumented migrants
  • Open access

Authors and Affiliations

  • CIDOB, Barcelona, Spain

    Reinhard Schweitzer

About the author

Reinhard Schweitzer is a Research Fellow in the area of Migration at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He is also a Research Associate at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in Brighton, UK, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He holds a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, as well as degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Innsbruck. From 2018 to 2020 he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna, where he led the project REvolTURN - Managing migrant return through ‘voluntariness’. His research focusses on the politics, practices, and challenges of governing international migration across different political and administrative levels, geographical contexts, and institutional settings. From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, he studies legal frameworks, everyday practices of policy implementation, and ways in which migrants themselves perceive, use, bend or resist the rules and restrictions imposed on their mobility and “integration”. He recently co-edited the open access book Politics of (Dis)Integration (IMISCOE Research Series, 2020) and has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Politics and the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Micro-Management of Irregular Migration

  • Book Subtitle: Internal Borders and Public Services in London and Barcelona

  • Authors: Reinhard Schweitzer

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91730-2Published: 01 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91733-3Published: 01 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-91731-9Published: 31 January 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 203

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Migration Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)