From November 2013 to the end of January 2014, my life was to a large determined by the arrival and departure times of Air France flights into the main international airport of Douala in Cameroon. Airports have rhythms and for three months I danced according to the tunes of the work shifts of the Cameroonian police, the constraints of private security staff, and the routines of the French policeman on patrol at the airport.
I am conducting field work on Saudi immigration policies, hosted by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. I am building on previous field work and publications on immigrants in Saudi Arabia (such as « Nationalisme d’Etat et nationalisme ordinaire en Arabie saoudite« ) to investigate the evolution of the role of public and private actors of migration management.
Hélène Thiollet and Catherine Wihtol de Wenden attended the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development – United Nations, 3-4 Oct. 2013
The purpose of the fieldwork is to collect empirical and ethnographic material on mechanisms of global governance of migration. This fieldwork is part of the first working group of the MobGlob project on the multilateral governance of mobility.