Women and Extra Legal Border Crossing
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For the vast majority of the world’s women there is no legal migration from the Global South to the Global North. Yet the absence of legal avenues for migration has not quelled the desire for global mobility—women still move across borders for a range of reasons. The effective target hardening of the wealthiest nations of the world of migrants from the poorest nations of the world has created a new (renewed) frontier of illegality: border crossing. Like many other forms of illegality and the attempts to police them, extra legal border crossing has significant gendered dimensions. This book explores women’s extra legal border crossing in the midst of some of the most intractable conflicts and contested border crossing regions of the world. The impossibility of legally crossing many borders is not specific to the experience of women. However, the experience of extra legal crossing is significantly different for women.