ABSTRACT

This chapter looks at the French-Brazilian borderland from the perspective of global migrations. Notwithstanding the inequalities within Guyane as well as between Guyane and the ‘metropole’, the EU territory in South America has become a destination for migrants from across the world, especially from Haiti, Suriname, and Brazil. This chapter will instead trace new migratory patterns by focusing on the life story of a single migrant who experienced inequalities at the crossroads of various axes of stratification. The analysis of a migratory route leading from the Central African Republic and Cameroon to the Spanish exclave of Melilla and—years later—to the French-Brazilian borderland provides an example to re-think long-held assumptions about the EU’s external borders, the power of existing citizenship regimes and, simultaneously, migrant agency and the ‘capacity to aspire’ to an ‘imagined future citizenship’ (Appadurai 2018) in times of global inequalities, all of which are encapsulated in and can be criticised from the global microcosm that the borderland between Brazil and France represents.