The politics of the migration-development nexus: re-centring South to South migrations [Migration, Development and Social Change Study Group]
Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)
Kavita Datta (Queen Mary University of London)
Daubeny Laboratory (Magdalen College)
Start time:
12 September, 2016 at 16:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel aims to re-frame the migration-development nexus from the perspectives of regional South-South migrations and interrogate the potential for a more expansive migration-development nexus which extends beyond financial and economic priorities to consider wider political concerns.

Long abstract:

South to South migration remains marginalised in expansive research on transnational migration, which continues to be theorised from the 'norm' of South-North migration (Hujo and Piper 2010). Focusing specifically on the migration-development nexus, this session has two main imperatives:

(I) Explore the potential to reframe migration-development nexus debates from the varied perspective and experiences of South-South regional migrations. In so doing, we want to explore the politics of framing migration as a potential source of development. This will include the problems associated with seeing migrants as potential sources for remittances.

(ii) Expand the focus of the migration-development nexus beyond the economic and financial, to consider the question of migrants' rights. One way in which this could be achieved, is by shedding light on specific themes that are often left out of the political arena. Many governments and migrant organisations, avoid tackling issues that are important to secure migrants' rights, because they are deemed as being 'too political'. What examples can we find of this invisibilisation of key concerns in regional South-South migrations? What are the consequences of making these issues invisible? How do migrants resist these processes? And how do these examples help us re-frame the migration-development nexus?

Collectively, we are particularly interested in building a more democratic platform, one that better represents the reality of varied migration streams and diverse voices, to unpick the politics of migration. The panel seeks papers that will respond to these questions either conceptually or empirically through examples of South-South regional migrations.