Living on borrowed time
Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
in Migrating borders and moving times

This chapter explores the relationship between labour migration and everyday temporalities. It builds on the idea of a border as defining a time-space and of border crossing as generating new concepts of time. Migrants’ experiences of time are conditioned by their divergent legal status, their distance from home and family, and their relative power or powerlessness. This is particularly true of labour migrants in countries such as Israel. ‘Rupture time’ and ‘freedom time’ enable or hinder immigrant incorporation into national, institutional Israeli time-space. The result is a vivid illustration of how migrant border crossings are composed of diverse temporalities, between which migrants must navigate both in their everyday lives and as a past-future migrant trajectory.

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Migrating borders and moving times

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