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On not staying put where they have put you: mobilities disrupting the socio-spatial figurations of displacement in Greece

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Abstract

The reception and protection system in Greece in the aftermath of the so-called refugee crisis produces a geography of specific mobility restrictions and accommodation types for migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees. These restrictions create a multilayered landscape of displacement, dominated by three sociospatial figurations: the forced containment of displaced people in 'hotspots' on eastern Aegean islands; staying in isolated and segregated camps in the mainland; and the accommodation of the most vulnerable in urban centres. At the same time, the mobility practices of displaced people often disrupt the above figurations, stemming from their survival practices and life aspirations, and largely relating to their translocal social connections. These mobilities include, but are not limited to, unregistered movements from hotspots to the mainland, mobilities from camp to camp, mobility negotiations between camp and city. This paper explores the figurations of displacement related to the impact of governance regimes on the livelihoods and mobility of displaced people in Greece. Within this frame, it focuses on the ways through which migrants and asylum-seekers negotiate, resist or transcend the geography of multiple restrictions, through translocal mobility practices that intervene and therefore reshape dominant socio-spatial figurations.
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halshs-03817572 , version 1 (17-10-2022)

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Eva Papatzani, Panos Hatziprokopiou, Filyra Vlastou-Dimopoulou, Alexandra Siotou. On not staying put where they have put you: mobilities disrupting the socio-spatial figurations of displacement in Greece. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2022, pp.1-19. ⟨10.1080/1369183X.2022.2090158⟩. ⟨halshs-03817572⟩
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