‘Bienvenue chez les grands!’: young migrant cigarette vendors in Marseille

Brenda Oude Breuil

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI:
‘Bienvenue chez les grands!’: young migrant cigarette vendors in Marseille

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Using the example of irregular North African child migrants in the port city of Marseille, France, this chapter explores some boundaries of the meaning of child trafficking. Many of these young people may not start their journey as trafficking victims, believing stories passed back to them that migration may offer the route to a better life than is available in the Maghreb. Whether or not they actually cross other borders, they enter what is termed liminal ‘borderlands’. The chapter examines how these young Maghrebi migrants cross physical and social borders while trying to build a life in the cityscape and social hierarchy of Marseille. It also looks at the interplay of their efforts to create a place in Marseille, and local policies to come to terms with their presence. Cigarette vendors evidently have their own, meaningful place in the cityscape of Marseille, more particularly in the markets.

Keywords: Marseille; France; migrants; cigarette vendors; child trafficking; Maghreb; borderlands; social borders; police; social hierarchy

Chapter.  6045 words. 

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