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Roma Migrants in the European Union:  Un/Free Mobility

(Routledge, 2019)

co-edited with Can Yildiz

Yildiz & De Genova - Roma Migrants cover

This book situates Roma mobility as a critical vantage point for migration studies in Europe, focusing on questions about Europe, "European-ness," and "EU-ropean" citizenship through the critical lens of Roma racialization, marginalization, securitization, and criminalization, and the dynamics of Roma mobility within and across the space of "Europe."


Enabled primarily through ethnographic research with diverse Roma communities across the heterogeneous geography of "Europe," the contributions to this collection are concerned with the larger politics of mobility as a constitutive feature of the socio-political formation of the EU.  Foregrounding the experiences and perspectives of Roma people living and working outside of their nation-states of "origin" or ostensible citizenship, the book seeks to elucidate wider inequalities and hierarchies at stake in the ongoing (re-)racialization of both Roma migrants and migrants in general.


Showcasing political, economic, legal, and socio-historical criticism, this book will be of interest to those studying race and racialization in Europe, mobility and migration into and within Europe, and those studying the mobility of the Roma people in particular.  This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Social Identities.



Introduction – Un/Free Mobility: Roma Migrants in the European Union


Can Yıldız and Nicholas De Genova


1.  Contained Mobility and the Racialization of Poverty in Europe:

The Roma at the Development–Security Nexus


Huub van Baar


2.  Race, Migration and Neoliberalism:

Distorted Notions of Romani Migration in European Public Discourses


Angéla Kóczé


3.  Challenging Europe’s External Borders and Internal Boundaries:

Bosnian Xoraxané Xomá on the Move in Roman Peripheries and the Contemporary European Union


Marco Solimene


4.  In and Out from the European Margins:

Reshuffling Mobilities and Legal Statuses of Romani Minorities between the Post-Yugoslav Space and the European Union


Julija Sardelić


5.  On the Threshold:

Becoming Romanian Roma, Everyday Racism and Residency Rights in Transition


Rachel Humphris


6.  Care-full Failure:

How Auxiliary Assistance to Poor Roma Migrant Women in Spain Compounds Marginalization


Ioana Vrăbiescu and Barak Kalir

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