chapter  6
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The Emergence of a New Migration System in Europe and the Narratives of Transnationalized Inequalities

WithAnna Amelina

This chapter demonstrates that continuous process of shifting will generate a new European migration system—a temporal arrangement—that channels the trajectories of geographical movements to and from, as well as within, the European Union (EU). Providing a conceptual specification of patterns, contexts and mechanisms of transnationalized inequalities in connection with migration and mobility, the chapter approaches Europe as an assemblage. The category of migration—in particular, the reference to migration from non-EU countries—is thus the central component of the othering. The dialectical genesis of Europe and European belonging plays a key role in the political regulation of geographical movements to and within the EU. It contributes to a distinction between unrestricted mobility within the EU and restrictions on migration from non-EU states. The statistical data suggest that migrant-receiving countries—primarily the EU-15—could be regarded as the centre of the new migration system because they usually receive migrants, whereas most of the new member states are migrant-sending countries.