Conceptualizing semi-legality in migration research

31 July 2012

Agnieszka Kubal

IMI Working Papers Series 2012, No. 58


What is semi-legality, and why does it offer a viable alternative to the legality-illegality binary divide? The paper discusses theoretical limits to illegality with reference to migrants – especially those deemed to stand outside the state’s legal system – demonstrating that the division between legal/ illegal is never black or white.