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Title: Migration, vulnerability and the complexity of violence: experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia
Authors: Blazek, Matej
Keywords: Migrants
East and Central Europe
Hate crime
Work exploitation
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: BLAZEK, M., 2014. Migration, vulnerability and the complexity of violence: experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia. Geoforum, 56, pp.101-112.
Abstract: Migration to East and Central Europe (ECE) remains under-researched, not least because of the relatively small number of migrants in the region. Exploring experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia with various forms of violence – including violence motivated by hate and associated with work exploitation – the paper uncovers patterns of violence and vulnerability across the migrant cohort. As a broader contribution to studies of migration, the research alerts scholars to the need for a greater attention to the experiences of smaller cohorts of migrants, which often remain under the radar because of their size. The second line of the argument highlights the complexity and relations between different kinds of violence. Several risk factors are identified as contributing to the risk of migrants’ exposure to various forms of abuse at the same time, providing with implications for preventive and supportive policies and practices. The analysis particularly emphasises the importance of ties between migrant communities and formal institutions for mitigating violence.
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Geoforum. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.07.002
Sponsor: This research was funded from the European Integration Fund (Grant nr. SK 2011 EIF P2/1 IP).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.07.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15735
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.07.002
ISSN: 0016-7185
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