Migration and the Infrastructural Politics of Urban Arrival

  • Bruno Meeus
  • Bas van Heur
  • Karel Arnaut


This chapter coins the notion of “arrival infrastructure,” and focuses on two important conceptual innovations. Drawing on debates in migration studies, the chapter differentiates between the politics of directionality, the politics of temporality, and the politics of subjectivity, in order to open up the different dimensions of struggles in the process of arrival. While engaging with critical debates on the current and potential role of cities and the multi-scalar state in shaping processes of arrival, the chapter then gradually moves toward an infrastructural conceptualization of the spatiotemporal and material conditions that shape the politics of arrival. The chapter further describes how the contributors to this volume use and develop the notion of arrival infrastructures, and points to important avenues for future research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Meeus
    • 1
  • Bas van Heur
    • 2
  • Karel Arnaut
    • 3
  1. 1.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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