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Sans Papiers
A contemporary account of the theoretical and policy debates with an in-depth exploration of the lived experiences of undocumented migrants in the UK
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The voices of migrant workers – so often silenced in ...

(Jamie Peck, Professor of Geography, Univ)

A rare but critical window into the scale, nature and ...

(Danny Sriskandarajah, former Head of Mig)

A very timely book. The description of migration-based divisions in ...

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Global Cities At Work
New Migrant Divisions of Labour

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Exposes London's reliance on migrants and explores the implications of this for employment, politics and policy--

This book is about the people who always get taken for granted. The people who clean our offices and trains, care for our elders and change the sheets on the bed. Global Cities at Work draws on testimony collected from more than 800 foreign-born workers employed in low-paid jobs in London during the early years of the new century.

Global Cities at Work breaks new ground in linking London's new migrant division of labour to the twin processes of subcontracting and increased international migration that have been central to contemporary processes of globalisation.

Global Cities at Work raises the level of debate about migrant labour, encouraging policy-makers, journalists and social scientists to look behind the headlines. The book calls us to take a politically-informed geographical view of our urban labour markets and to prioritise the issue of working poverty and its implications for both unemployment and community cohesion.

About The Author

Jane Wills works at the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London.

Kavita Datta works at the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London.

Yara Evans works at the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London.

Joanna Herbert teaches at the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London.

John May is at the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London.

Cathy McIlwaine is a lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield. She has carried out research in the Caribbean and Costa Rica and the Philippines in the areas of gender, ethnicity and urban labour markets. She has also worked as a consultant on structural adjustment and urban poverty at the World Bank.

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