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At the Borders of the European Fortress: “Rizki”, Being a Young Migrant in Ceuta and Melilla

TitleAt the Borders of the European Fortress: “Rizki”, Being a Young Migrant in Ceuta and Melilla
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsQueirolo Palmas L
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume11
Issue3
Start Page62
Pagination62-84
Date Published10/2019
PublisherPadova University Press
Place Published Padova, IT
ISSN Number 2035-4983
Keywordsborders, Ceuta&Melilla, childhood, ethnography, Migration
Abstract

The focus of this article is the negated childhood and the massive presence of young migrants in transit on the streets of Ceuta and Melilla, looking by any means to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. In spite of the rhetoric on the fortress Europe which here clearly appears through dozens of kilometers of fences, the article explores the porosity of the border and focuses not only on conflicts for border crossing but also on those related to the settlement of young people and families with migrant origin. The research project originates from a visual ethnography carried out in these two Spanish enclaves in Morocco, the only existing land border between European Union and Africa. The narrative is based on several field encounters and filmed interviews with unaccompanied minors in transit, activists and volunteers, cross-border families and young immigrants in enclaves, border employees and social workers.

DOI10.14658/pupj- ijse-2019-3-4