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Vincenzo Ruggiero

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The Fight to Reappear

Vincenzo Ruggiero’s article focuses on a specific social movement known in France as the movement of the sans-papiers — unregistered immigrants fighting for official recognition of their existence. The first part analyzes how strategies adopted against new settlers in Europe revolve around the necessity that settlers hide their origin, their condition, and their very body: in brief, that they disappear from public sight. In the second part, the response of the sans-papiers is discussed, and their attempt to reappear described.

social movements – undocumented— globalization — economic aspects — immigrants — transnational migration — Europe — social conditions — labor and laboring classes — immigrant labor – Europe – ethnicity — dignity

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 2 (2000): 45-60