This panel invites papers discussing the interplay between imaginaries, expectations and actions of different agents involved in migration processes. Papers may address perspectives from (prospective) migrants, residents of receiving locations, the left behind, policy makers, and institutions.
This panel invites papers discussing expectations and visions of futures and places of various agents involved in or impacted by migration flows, and analyzing how these agents act on their imaginaries. Moving to another location may be envisioned with transformative opportunities, but can also be seen as a risk or sacrifice. Personal imaginaries interact with external constraints and opportunities and motivate decisions about (im)mobility. For those living abroad, visions of the future have a bearing on their daily activities and on the efforts exerted to engage in other locations, either home country or elsewhere. Besides would-be migrants and actual migrants, other agents like political or economic entities strive to define and impose their own visions of the future, which might come in conflict with one another and are in constant negotiation. We do not restrict migration processes to international movements of people, but also include other forms of mobility such as internal migration, transnational networks or technology-mediated collaborations. Questions addressed by this panel include: 1. How do different actors envision migration, and what do they expect from it? 2. How do they act on these imaginaries? What is the relation between imaginaries and actions? 3. How do countries as well as cities intentionally produce imagery and images, often called "branding", to appeal to highly skilled migrants? 4. How does the use of technologies frame and influence imaginaries and actions related to migration? 5. What is the role of social sciences in framing imaginaries of migration?