"Ni Es Lo Mismo, Ni Es Igual". Ecuadorian Irregular Migrants in Amsterdam and Madrid.
The proposed paper will present the results of one of the first attempts to comparatively study irregular migration within two different contexts. The study, combining multisited ethnography and case study methodologies, compared the trajectories and lived experiences of Ecuadorian irregular migrants in the cities of Amsterdam and Madrid. The aim was to discover which kind of “irregular migration realities” are conformed within different societies and how. Three aspects will be discussed: the legal trajectories of migrants and experience of controls; the labour trajectories; the access to crucial necessities such as housing and healthcare. On the basis of such analysis, which clearly shows the existence of very different irregular migration realities, it will be advanced a proposal for a systemic, differential understanding of irregular migration, which is able to put in relation such realities with the structural characteristics of each context.