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Arrival Infrastructures

Migration and Urban Social Mobilities

  • Bruno Meeus
  • Karel Arnaut
  • Bas van Heur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Bruno Meeus, Bas van Heur, Karel Arnaut
    Pages 1-32
  3. Elise Schillebeeckx, Stijn Oosterlynck, Pascal De Decker
    Pages 131-152
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 281-299

About this book


This volume introduces a strategic interdisciplinary research agenda on arrival infrastructures. Arrival infrastructures are those parts of the urban fabric within which newcomers become entangled on arrival, and where their future local or translocal social mobilities are produced as much as negotiated. Challenging the dominance of national normativities, temporalities, and geographies of “arrival,” the authors scrutinize the position and potential of cities as transnationally embedded places of arrival. Critically interrogating conceptions of migrant arrival as oriented towards settlement and integration, the volume directs attention to much more diverse migration trajectories that shape our cities today. Each chapter examines how migrants, street-level bureaucrats, local residents, and civil society actors build—with the resources they have at hand—the infrastructures that accommodate, channel, and govern arrival.


Urban Geography Urban Studies Social Mobility Cities and Migration Migration Transnational Geographies Urban Ethnography Human Infrastructures Material Infrastructures Urban Inequality Migrant Arrival Migrants and Cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Meeus
    • 1
  • Karel Arnaut
    • 2
  • Bas van Heur
    • 3
  1. 1.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

About the editors

Bruno Meeus is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, as well as Associate Researcher in the Cities and Newcomers Project at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Karel Arnaut is Associate Professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC), as well as Program Director of Anthropology, both at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Bas van Heur is Assistant Professor of Human Geography and Urban Studies, Director of the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, and Director of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. He is also Programme Director of Master degrees in Urban Studies.

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