Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gabriel Echeverría
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Theoretical Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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    3. Gabriel Echeverría
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    4. Gabriel Echeverría
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  4. Empirical Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Gabriel Echeverría
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  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
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About this book


This open access book provides an alternative theoretical framework of irregular migration that allows to overcome many of the contradictions and theoretical impasses displayed by the majority of approaches in current literature. The analytical framework allows moving from an interpretation biased by methodological nationalism, to a more general systemic interpretation. It explains irregular migration as a structural phenomenon or contemporary society, and why state policies are greatly ineffective in their attempt to control irregular migration. It also explains irregular migration as a diversified phenomenon that relates to the social characteristics of the context, and why states accept irregular migrants. By providing new comparative, empirical, qualitative material which allows to start filling an evident gap in the current research on irregular migration, this book is of interest to graduate students, scholars and policy makers.


irregular migration migration and integration modern state and society diversity open access social systems theory migration control citizenship Luhmann migration policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Trento, Trento, ItalyInternational Cooperation Centre, Trento, ItalyTrentoItaly

About the authors

Gabriel Echeverría obtained his PhD at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain in 2016. His dissertation compared the experience of Ecuadorian irregular migrants in the cities of Madrid and Amsterdam. Adopting a social systems perspective, the work inquired into the complex relations between states, societies and migrants. Currently he is research fellow at the University of Trento. His research interests include: social theory, citizenship and migration policies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration
  • Book Subtitle Explaining Ecuadorian Irregular Migration in Amsterdam and Madrid
  • Authors Gabriel Echeverría
  • Series Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-40902-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40905-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-40903-6
  • Series ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 43 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
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