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Journal Cover Migration Studies
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   ISSN (Print) 2049-5838 - ISSN (Online) 2049-5846
   Published by Oxford University Press Homepage  [363 journals]
  • Migration Studies Volume 4 Number 2 July 2016 - Table of Contents
    • PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnv031
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Migration Studies - Back Cover
    • PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnv027
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Migration Studies Volume 4 * Number 2 * July 2016 - Front Cover
    • PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnv029
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
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    • PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnv030
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Teaching migration studies: A new series
    • Authors: Delano, A; Gamlen, A.
      Pages: 153 - 153
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw015
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Mobile inequality: Remittances and social network centrality in Cambodian
           migrant livelihoods
    • Authors: Parsons; L.
      Pages: 154 - 181
      Abstract: This article uses evidence from Cambodia to explore the role of remittances in replicating rural inequalities in urban areas. In doing so, it uses a mixed methodology, incorporating social network analysis, household surveys and qualitative interviews, to highlight the role of familial remittance commitments in determining urban migrant livelihoods via their influence on both social and financial resources. It argues that those migrants who are compelled to remit a higher proportion of their salaries behave differently in their destination from those who remit less or none, changing jobs more frequently, but failing to build productive social networks or advance in terms of income or conditions. In this way, remittances constitute a key mechanism by which rural inequalities are structurally replicated in the urban space.
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw005
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Sampling migrants from their social networks: The demography and social
           organization of Chinese migrants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Authors: Merli, M. G; Verdery, A, Mouw, T, Li, J.
      Pages: 182 - 214
      Abstract: The streams of Chinese migration to Africa are growing in tandem with rising Chinese investments and trade flows in and to the African continent. In spite of the high profile of this phenomenon in the media, there are few rich and broad descriptions of Chinese communities in Africa. Reasons for this include the rarity of official statistics on foreign-born populations in African censuses, the absence of predefined sampling frames required to draw representative samples with conventional survey methods and difficulties to reach certain segments of this population. Here, we use a novel network-based approach, Network Sampling with Memory, which overcomes the challenges of sampling ‘hidden’ populations in the absence of a sampling frame, to recruit a sample of recent Chinese immigrants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and collect information on the demographic characteristics, migration histories and social ties of members of this sample. These data reveal a heterogeneous Chinese community composed of ‘state-led’ migrants who come to Africa to work on projects undertaken by large Chinese state-owned enterprises and ‘independent’ migrants who come on their own accord to engage in various types of business ventures. They offer a rich description of the demographic profile and social organization of this community, highlight key differences between the two categories of migrants and map the structure of the social ties linking them. We highlight needs for future research on inter-group differences in individual motivations for migration, economic activities, migration outcomes, expectations about future residence in Africa, social integration and relations with local communities.
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw004
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • (Re)placing migrants mobility: A multi-method approach to integrating
           space and mobility in the study of migration
    • Authors: Kochan; D.
      Pages: 215 - 237
      Abstract: In recent years, studies of migration have given greater attention to spatiality, yet its influence on migrants’ identities and forms of attachment remain underexplored. Drawing on research conducted with migrants in Chinese cities, this paper proposes a new methodological strategy to explore migrants’ everyday spatial experiences. The strategy combines cognitive mapping, walking interviews, and self-photography, bringing together three interrelated fields of qualitative inquiry—the visual, the verbal, and the representative. The multi-method approach seeks to capture the growing complexity of migration-related spatial references, and the growing heterogeneity of the migrant population and the environments they encounter. This combination also provides access to elements of spatial experience previously missing, subdued, or socially internalized within traditional narratives; while the inherent mobility of the methods highlight meanings, representations, and identities that are themselves mobile and dynamic. The understandings of migration that result better incorporate migrants’ spatial practices and challenge the omnipresent categorization of migrants and the places associated with migration in dominant development discourse and policies.
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw003
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Unsettled citizenship: National projects and personal geographies in
    • Authors: Karis; T.
      Pages: 238 - 252
      Abstract: Tracing the personal geographies of migrants from one rural district in Thai Binh Province, this article weighs official policies and ideological campaigns related to population fixity and movement against the purposeful movements of Vietnamese citizens themselves from the 1960s to the present, focusing primarily on the two main spatial theatres preoccupying leaders and planners during this timeframe: the frontier and the city. It details the planning interventions associated with changing national projects—from frontier development, to marketization, to the current initiative of building ‘urban civilization (van minh do thi)—alongside the migration experiences of those involved, investigating the type of politics that emerges through this spatial dialogue. The article shows how Vietnamese citizens have consistently remained ‘unsettled’ in spite of repeated attempts to shuffle, transplant, or fix them in a particular place, and further, how such mobility results in a kind of ‘unsettled’ citizenship where independent actions—often coalescing into collective movements—generate crises and contingencies within national development projects, provoking policy concessions that can result in the expansion of citizen rights.
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw002
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Unaccompanied minors, migration control and human rights at the EUs
           southern border: The role and limits of civil society activism
    • Authors: Barbulescu, R; Grugel, J.
      Pages: 253 - 272
      Abstract: Civil society movements can play an important political role in advocating for human rights, including the rights of migrants and migrant children. But successfully asserting their rights is difficult in the domain of migration, even in democracies, and any victories that are achieved can be short-lived. This article examines an initially successful episode of civil society advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied child migrants, drawing on evidence from Spain. We argue that pro-rights civil society organizations were initially able to force the Spanish state to act in accordance with its international human rights obligations in relation to repatriation. But states can learn and adapt. States might seek new venues for migration control and enlist new allies, thereby multiplying the numbers of gate-keepers, for example. In this case, the Spanish state reacted energetically to regain control by working closely with countries of origin, regional governments within Spain, private actors and service delivery NGOs to reassert its authority with regard to repatriation. We use the case to reflect on the difficulties of civil society activism in this issue-area and the obstacles to claiming the legal rights of this community of highly vulnerable children, even in advanced democracies.
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw001
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Border as Method. By Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson.
    • Authors: Kotef; H.
      Pages: 273 - 275
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw010
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Legacies, Linkages and Limits: Teaching Migration Studies in a South
           African University
    • Authors: Landau, L. B; Palmary, I.
      Pages: 276 - 280
      PubDate: 2016-07-13T08:02:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnw007
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
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