Migrants, Irregular Migrants, or (Irregular) Migrants?


  • Katharine T. Weatherhead




Response to the ATR Debate Proposition: ‘It is important and necessary to make clear distinctions between (irregular) migrants, refugees and trafficked persons.’

Upon first reading this issue’s debate proposition, I was struck by its structure rather than its content. Its content is subject to lively discussions among scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, as attested to by other contributions in this issue of the journal. Its curious structure, though, raises issues that merit articulation. In what follows, I briefly problematise the bracketing of the word ‘irregular’ in the debate proposition. What the brackets do is prompt an additional question: migrants, irregular migrants, or (irregular) migrants?


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Author Biography

Katharine T. Weatherhead

Katharine T. Weatherhead is a PhD candidate based in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. In 2014, she was awarded an MA (Hons) in International Relations and Law from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, she received an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Drawing from the disciplines of both International Relations and Law, Katharine’s doctoral research examines the creation of legal knowledge among migrants in the European Union.




How to Cite

Weatherhead, K. T. (2018). Migrants, Irregular Migrants, or (Irregular) Migrants?. Anti-Trafficking Review, (11). https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201218118