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19 Eur. J. Migration & L. 1 (2017)

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                   EUROPEAN  JOURNAL  OF MIGRATION            Journalof
                         AND  LAW 19 (2017) 1-11
 BRILL
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                             Editorial






Beyond Irregular Migration Governance:

Zooming in on Migrants' Agency


       Anna  Triandafyllidou
     Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute,
     Villa Schifanoia, via G. Boccaccio 121,1-50133 Florence, Italy
       Anna.triandafllidou@eui.eu



I      The  Case for a Different Take on Understanding Irregular Migration

The  loss of over a thousand  human   lives in the attempt to cross the
Mediterranean during April 2015 has once again drawn media and political at-
tention to the challenges that the European Union faces in its efforts to gov-
ern irregular migration and asylum in the region. However, what still seems to
be wanting is our (experts' and policy makers') understanding of what drives
people to put their lives at risk in search of a better future. What are the moti-
vations that are so strong and what is the information they have? How do they
organise their journey and how do they respond to changing policy practices
(e.g., more intensive enforcement at the border or a more expansive rescue
operation at sea)? How much do they know about destination or transit coun-
tries and how accurate is their information? How much are they in control of
their own destinies and how much do they accept contingency and risk?
   This Special Issue of European Journal ofMigration and Law (based on origi-
nal empirical research conducted within the framework of the IRMA project,
Governing Irregular Migration: States, Migrants and Intermediaries at the Age
of Globalisation, funded by the Greek Secretariat for Research and Innovation,
ARISTEIA   programme, 2012-2015) focuses on precisely this type of research
and policy questions, placing (irregular) migration as a complex social process
at the centre of the study. Bruno Latour (1999: 1482) argues that it is not an


@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2017  DOI 10.1163/15718166-12342112

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