Complex Trajectories of Legal Status among Senegalese Migrants in Europe

Erik Vickstrom, Princeton University and Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

This paper will examine how European contexts of reception produce irregularity among Senegalese migrants. What are the trajectories of legal status of Senegalese migrants? What factors can explain the complexity and turbulence of these trajectories? How do these trajectories vary by context of reception? How do the social origins of migrants influence their trajectories of legal status? Using longitudinal life-history data from the MAFE-Senegal project, this paper will employ sequence analysis techniques to analyze these complex trajectories. Preliminary results indicate that initially undocumented Senegalese migrants spend a higher proportion of their time undocumented, but tend to access legal status at some point, while even Senegalese migrants who arrive legally spend some time in undocumented statuses.

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 Presented in Session 45. European Perspectives on Immigration and Policy