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‘Precariedad everywhere?!’

Rethinking precarity and emigration in Spain
ByMaribel Casas-Cortés, Sebastian Cobarrubias

This chapter explores the challenges and potentials of the current politicization of Spanish emigration from the standpoint of precarity. It outlines the 'prec-mig hypothesis' and how the themes of precarity and immigration intertwined before the 2008 crisis. The chapter contextualizes the recent coordination and struggles of emigrant collectives in the movement against austerity in Spain, paying special attention to their work on defining emigration as a result of precarity, and on considering recent emigration as a form of economic migration. It shows how incipient experiments are being developed that articulate immigration, emigration and precarity in social movements. The chapter focuses on scholarly contributions such as Bridget Anderson's use of 'precarity' to overcome the 'migrant' vs. 'citizen' divide, Standing's use of 'denizenship' or Mezzadra and Neilson's idea of 'differential inclusion' as ways of making precarity a common ground to move forward. It concludes with remarks on how further political and research work might encourage the intersections of mobility and precarity.