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Migration, vulnerability and the complexity of violence: Experiences of documented non-EU migrants in Slovakia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matej BlazekORCiD



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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Blazek M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geoforum

Year: 2014

Volume: 56

Pages: 101-112

Print publication date: 01/09/2014

Online publication date: 26/07/2014

Acceptance date: 25/06/2014

Date deposited: 05/01/2017

ISSN (print): 0016-7185

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9398

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.07.002


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