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'We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST': messages of migrants on their way

Ilse Derluyn (UGent) , Charles Watters, Cindy Mels (UGent) and Eric Broekaert (UGent)
(2014) JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES. 27(1). p.1-20
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Large numbers of migrants daily decide to undertake an often risky and protracted journey to leave their country, escaping from violence and poverty, in an effort to reach their ultimate goal: building a better life. Although extensive evidence shows how pre- and post-flight experiences can significantly threaten migrants' wellbeing, little research investigates the impact of the flight itself and the way migrants cope with these flight experiences while 'on the way'. The study took place in the waiting rooms of the police station near the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, where intercepted migrants stay for some time. Because of the constraints inherent in the study setting, we relied on the messages that migrants themselves chose to leave-in their mother tongues-on the police station's walls and furniture. A discourse analysis of 179 inscriptions made by intercepted migrants revealed how these migrant communities show great solidarity, agency and resilience in dealing with their feelings and experiences in a political and social context that is marginalizing, depersonalizing or criminalizing them.
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transit migrants, smuggling, trafficking, graffiti, TRANSIT MIGRATION, ASYLUM SEEKERS, MENTAL-HEALTH, GRAFFITI, TRAFFICKING, PEOPLE, IDENTITIES, POLICIES, COMPLEX, REFUGEE

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Derluyn, Ilse, Charles Watters, Cindy Mels, and Eric Broekaert. 2014. “‘We Are All the Same, Coz Exist Only One Earth, Why the BORDER EXIST’: Messages of Migrants on Their Way.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27 (1): 1–20.
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Derluyn, I., Watters, C., Mels, C., & Broekaert, E. (2014). “We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST”: messages of migrants on their way. JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES, 27(1), 1–20.
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Derluyn I, Watters C, Mels C, Broekaert E. “We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST”: messages of migrants on their way. JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES. 2014;27(1):1–20.
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Derluyn, Ilse, Charles Watters, Cindy Mels, et al. “‘We Are All the Same, Coz Exist Only One Earth, Why the BORDER EXIST’: Messages of Migrants on Their Way.” JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES 27.1 (2014): 1–20. Print.
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  author       = {Derluyn, Ilse and Watters, Charles and Mels, Cindy and Broekaert, Eric},
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  journal      = {JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES},
  keyword      = {transit migrants,smuggling,trafficking,graffiti,TRANSIT MIGRATION,ASYLUM SEEKERS,MENTAL-HEALTH,GRAFFITI,TRAFFICKING,PEOPLE,IDENTITIES,POLICIES,COMPLEX,REFUGEE},
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  pages        = {1--20},
  title        = {'We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST': messages of migrants on their way},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fes042},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2014},
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