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  • Migration Studies Volume 3 * Number 1 * March 2015 - Front Cover
    • PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu058
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Editorial Board
    • PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu057
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
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    • PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu059
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Migration Studies - Back Cover
    • PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu056
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Migration Studies Volume 3 Number 1 March 2015 - Table of Content
    • PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu060
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Expatriate voting and migrants' place of residence: Explaining
           transnational participation in Colombian elections
    • Authors: Escobar, C; Arana, R, McCann, J. A.
      Pages: 1 - 31
      Abstract: Comparative studies have shown that, along with individual and group characteristics, the context of settlement and the context of exit influence the political incorporation of migrants in the host country (region/locality). Yet does the context of settlement influence political participation of migrants in the country (region/locality) they left behind? In this article we study electoral participation of Colombian expatriates in their home country by analyzing Colombians’ intentions to participate in the 2010 elections. In order to assess the factors that shape this participation, we analyzed data from a survey of Colombians in five cities in the United States and Europe. We find that individual resources and social capital factors are superseded by motivational, migratory, and institutional (registration) factors. More important for our concern, we also find that the local context in which migrants are embedded creates significant variation in expatriates’ electoral participation.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnt030
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Migrants' acquisition of cultural skills and selective immigration
    • Authors: Bonn; M.
      Pages: 32 - 48
      Abstract: This article provides a simple framework for studying migrants’ incentives to acquire country-specific skills and proposes an optimal immigration policy from the host country’s point of view. The article focuses on the optimal cultural composition of migrants. It shows that as long as the integration costs are not too asymmetric among migrants of different countries of origin, cultural heterogeneity is beneficial to the host economy. To some extent, the model explains why immigration policies have changed over time and why they still differ across countries.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu031
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Travellers and their journeys: A dynamic conceptualization of transient
           migrants' and backpackers' behaviour and experiences on the road
    • Authors: Schapendonk, J; van Liempt, I, Spierings, B.
      Pages: 49 - 67
      Abstract: In this article it is argued that ‘the journey’—as an embodied form of travel from one place to the other—is a fruitful analytical starting point to bring migration and tourism studies in closer dialogue with each other. With our focus on the ‘en route’ behaviour and experiences of two prototypical mobile figures (the transient migrant and the backpacker), we go beyond the usual categorical divisions of human mobility based on temporality (temporary tourists vs. long-term migrants) and politicization (welcomed tourists vs. unwanted migrants). With our empirical findings on migrants’ journeys and our analysis of published articles in tourism studies, we identify three aspects (personal transformation, social networking and risk taking) along which we conceptually mirror and merge the embodied journeys of the prototypical travellers. The analysis identifies relevant commonalities of different mobility processes and illustrates that individuals on the move easily jump over the categorical divide of migrants/tourists across time and space. We finally use these insights to contribute further to a mobility-driven research agenda in migration studies.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu033
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Legal consciousness as a form of social remittance? Studying return
           migrants' everyday practices of legality in Ukraine
    • Authors: Kubal; A.
      Pages: 68 - 88
      Abstract: How do return migrants’ experiences of legality abroad influence their attitudes and practices toward the law in their country of origin? Theoretically, I advance an argument that return migrants’ legal consciousness could be considered a form of social remittance. However, in response to valid criticisms of the concept, I innovate upon it in three ways. First, I give the social remittances a narrower focus by empirically examining the values, attitudes and practices of legality, both positive and negative. Secondly, to ensure that the social remittances could indeed be traced to migration-related transfers, I base my analysis on in-depth interviews with return migrants and family members of Ukrainian migrants regarding their personal experiences of legality abroad and ‘at home’. I thereby reveal the nuances and subtle differences in the collective ‘Ukrainian’ legal consciousness beyond the ‘national mainstream’: where return migrants’ fatalism about law’s potential for upholding justice coexists with a sense of agency about capacity to achieve change outside the formal state law. Thirdly, I posit that legal consciousness not only reflects how certain socio-legal practices flow across borders, but also the ways in which the migrants themselves (and their families) innovate upon and interpret such ‘remittances’ in different ways. The results elaborate upon Levitt’s and Lamba-Nieves’ (2010) observations that social remittances work in both directions and are thus shaped not only by people’s experiences prior to migration and in their respective host countries, but are also adapted to the conditions they encounter upon their return.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu032
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Modeling internal migration flows in sub-Saharan Africa using census
    • Authors: Garcia, A. J; Pindolia, D. K, Lopiano, K. K, Tatem, A. J.
      Pages: 89 - 110
      Abstract: Globalization and the expansion of transport networks has transformed migration into a major policy issue because of its effects on a range of phenomena, including resource flows in economics, urbanization, as well as the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Quantifying and modeling human migration can contribute towards a better understanding of the nature of migration and help develop evidence-based interventions for disease control policy, economic development, and resource allocation. In this study we paired census microdata from 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with additional spatial datasets to develop models for the internal migration flows in each country, including key drivers that reflect the changing social, demographic, economic, and environmental landscapes. We assessed how well these gravity-type spatial interaction models can both explain and predict migration. Results show that the models can explain up to 87 percent of internal migration, can predict future within-country migration with correlations of up to 0.91, and can also predict migration in other countries with correlations of up to 0.72. Findings show that such models are useful tools for understanding migration as well as predicting flows in regions where data are sparse, and can contribute towards strategic economic development, planning, and disease control targeting.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu036
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Across a divide: Cosmopolitanism, genre, and crossover among immigrant
           Moroccan musicians in contemporary Andalusia
    • Authors: Karl; B.
      Pages: 111 - 130
      Abstract: This article looks at the production and reception of music by Moroccan expatriates in Granada, Spain in the first 30 years after Franco, concentrating on musical genres associated with al-mūsīqā al-andalussiyya (al-Āla), flamenco and danza del vientre. These genres were performed by Moroccan musicians and heard by Spaniard audiences as part of the larger politically inflected, contextualizing meta-genres of ‘Early Music’, ‘World Music’ and ‘fusiones’. The social utility of these genre choices was demonstrated as part of a set of practices yielding some degree of social integration for Moroccans who might ‘cross over’ to positions of possibility in contemporary Spain, and, at the same time, they provided social insulation on the part of Spaniard maintenance of a political status quo. The article also points to disparate but converging types of cosmopolitan attitudes and behaviors, where the more privileged cosmopolitanism of many Spaniards contrasted with but also inflected a more pragmatic cosmopolitanism of immigrant Moroccans. Also informing the cultural and political negotiations across the divide between these two groups were conceptions of the historical backdrop of medieval-era, Muslim-dominated Andalusian Spain and the ideological legacies of ‘convivencia’ (peaceful coexistence) and ‘Las Tres Culturas’ (the three cultural complexes based on foundations of Christianity, Islam and Judaism), both of which still circulated in common discourse as reference points in modern, multiethnic Spain.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu037
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • The emerging New Zealand jurisprudence on climate change, disasters and
    • Authors: McAdam; J.
      Pages: 131 - 142
      Abstract: In mid-2014, there was global media coverage of a decision by the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal, heralded as the first legal recognition of ‘climate change refugees’. Despite the hype, the Tribunal had made no such finding. The case concerned a family of four from the small Pacific island State of Tuvalu, who argued, among other things, that the effects of climate change—in particular, a lack of fresh drinking water and sea-level rise—would have adverse impacts on them if they were forced to return home. While the Tribunal ultimately permitted them to stay in New Zealand, this was not because of the impacts of climate change in Tuvalu, but rather because of their strong family ties within New Zealand. The decision was based purely on humanitarian and discretionary grounds, not on any domestic or international legal obligation. However, since 2013, New Zealand has started to specifically and systematically delineate the legal protection framework applicable to claims based on the impacts of climate change, natural disasters or environmental degradation. While no one has yet been granted protection on these grounds, New Zealand’s jurisprudence provides the most comprehensive analysis by decision-makers to date about the scope and content of protection for people escaping the impacts of climate change and disasters. Using the recent Tuvaluan case as a starting point, this article examines the development of New Zealand’s case law and its implications for other jurisdictions.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu055
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Visualising migration: Online tools for taking us beyond the static map
    • Authors: Dennett; A.
      Pages: 143 - 152
      Abstract: This review tours some of the growing number of online tools that have been developed with modern web technologies to present complex migration data matrices in visually appealing and communicative ways. The tour highlights some of the real benefits that dynamic visualisations can bring to conveying detailed information, but also shows where success can be contingent on the choices made by developers on the relative importance of spatial, temporal and attribute information and how this is represented on the screen.
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnu073
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • In memoriam: Graeme John Hugo AO, FASSA, PhD (ANU) 1946-2015
    • Authors: Bedford; R.
      Pages: 153 - 154
      PubDate: 2015-03-10T05:54:27-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnv007
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
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