Migration at Work

Aspirations, Imaginaries & Structures of Mobility

Edited by Fiona-Katharina Seiger, Christiane Timmerman, Noel B. Salazar, and Johan Wets

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Migration and Labour Mobility

The willingness to migrate in search of employment is in itself insufficient to compel anyone to move. The dynamics of labour mobility are heavily influenced by the opportunities perceived and the imaginaries held by both employers and regulating authorities in relation to migrant labour. This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the structures and imaginaries underlying various forms of mobility. Based on research conducted in different geographical contexts, including the European Union, Turkey, and South Africa, and tackling the experiences and aspirations of migrants from various parts of the globe, the chapters comprised in this volume analyse labour-related mobilities from two distinct yet intertwined vantage points: the role of structures and regimes of mobility on the one hand, and aspirations as well as migrant imaginaries on the other. Migration at Work thus aims to draw cross-contextual parallels by addressing the role played by opportunities in mobilising people, how structures enable, sustain, and change different forms of mobility, and how imaginaries fuel labour migration and vice versa. In doing so, this volume also aims to tackle the interrelationships between imaginaries driving migration and shaping “regimes of mobility”, as well as how the former play out in different contexts, shaping internal and cross-border migration.

Based on empirical research in various fields, this collection provides valuable scholarship and evidence on current processes of migration and mobility.

Contributors: Iratxe Aristegui (University of Deusto), Deniz Berfin Ayaydin (CEMESO), Maria Luisa Di Martino (University of Deusto), Iraklis Dimitriadis (University of Milan), Russell King (University of Sussex / Malmö University), Aija Lulle (University of Louborough), Concepción Maiztegui-Oñate (University of Deusto), Faith Mkwananzi (University of the Free State), Christine Moderbacher (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology), Alice Ncube (University of the Free State), Noel B. Salazar (KU Leuven), Fiona-Katharina Seiger (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Joana de Sousa Ribeiro (University of Coimbra), Mirjam Wajsberg (Radboud University), Johan Wets (KU Leuven)

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Fiona-Katharina Seiger, Noel B. Salazar and Johan Wets

Part I: Projects, structures and regimes of labour mobility

Temporary Labour Migrants from Latvia Negotiate Return Trips for Care: Distributing Resources Across Borders
Aija Lulle

Regulatory Regimes and (Infra-)Structuring Emancipation Dynamics: The Case of Health Workers’ Migration 
Joana de Sousa Ribeiro

Gendered Labour Migration in South Africa: A Capability Approach Lens 
Alice Ncube & Faith Mkwananzi

“I am not moving life, but life moves me.” Experiences of Intra-EU Im/Mobility among West African Migrants 
Mirjam Wajsberg

Part II: Labour migration, imaginaries and aspirations

Balancing Personal Aspirations, Family Expectations and Job Matching: “Migratory Career” Reconstruction Among Highly Educated Women in the Basque Country
Maria Luisa Di Martino, Concha Maiztegui and Iratxe Aristegui

“Working there is amazing, but life here is better”: Imaginaries of Onward Migration Destinations Among Albanian Migrant Construction Workers in Italy and Greece
Iraklis Dimitriadis

“Welcome to my waiting room! Please, take a seat!”: On Future-Imaginaries being Shattered and Postponed 
Christine Moderbacher

Found a Nanny and Lived Happily Ever After: The Representations of Filipina Nannies on Human Resources Agency Websites in Turkey 
Deniz Ayaydin

Afterword: Changing Work, Changing Migrations
Russell King

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 10 mm

194 pages

ISBN: 9789462702400

Publication: September 24, 2020

Series: CeMIS Migration and Intercultural Studies 5

Languages: English

Stock item number: 137336

Christiane Timmerman (†) was professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp.
Fiona-Katharina Seiger is a sociologist by training who has worked with women, children, and youth in Japan and the Philippines. She holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore.
Johan Wets (PhD social sciences) is migration research manager at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA), an interdisciplinary research institute from the University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven).
Noel B. Salazar is research professor in anthropology at KU Leuven.