Central Asian Migrants in Russia and Turkey: Migrant Legal Adaptation in Non-Democratic Contexts
Book talk with authors Ruslan Urinboyev and Sherzod Eraliev
October 24 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Rustam Urinboyev and Sherzod Eraliev comparatively analyze the migration regimes of Russia and Turkey through the everyday experiences of Central Asian migrant workers. The authors contribute new theoretical and comparative insights on migrant agency, undocumentedness and informality in non-Western, non-democratic migration regimes. In their books, they take the case study of Central Asian migrants in Russia and Turkey—two archetypal non-Western, nondemocratic regimes and key migration hotspots—and investigate how migration governance outcomes are shaped by the informal power geometries and extralegal processes in physical and digital landscapes in which migrant workers, employers, middlemen, landlords, street world actors and street-level bureaucrats negotiate the contemporary migration system. This lively ethnography presents new empirical material, a comparative perspective and methodological tools for studying migrants’ experiences and migration governance processes in non-Western migration regimes.
Rustam Urinboyev is an Associate Professor in the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, Sweden. He is an interdisciplinary socio-legal scholar and works at the intersection of socio-legal studies, migration studies, legal pluralism, informality and governance scholarships. Rustam has extensively published on migration, corruption, governance and penal institutions in the context of Central Asia, Russia and Turkey. Rustam is the principal investigator of several projects (corruption, legal pluralism, legal culture, administrative law reforms and many others) funded by the European Commission and Swedish Research Council.
Sherzod Eraliev is a Senior Researcher at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, Sweden. He has been an Academy of Finland researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and has worked with international organisations in the development, migration and humanitarian spheres. Sherzod’s research interests include migration, informality, civil society, governance, etc.
Karlygash Kabatova is a Program Associate at the Central Asia Program, IERES, The George Washington University. Her areas of research and advocacy are youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education, gender education, gender based violence and civil activism. Karlygash is the founder of SRHR project in Kazakhstan UyatEmes.kz.
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