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Patterns and politics of migration in South Asia


Barbora, S; Thieme, S; Siegmann, K A (2010). Patterns and politics of migration in South Asia. In: Hurni, H. Global change and sustainable development: a synthesis of regional experiences from research partnerships. Bern: NCCR North-South, 313-328.

Abstract

Migration is an important social and historical reality in South Asia. In the past decade, migration from one country to another and internal migration (i.e. migration within a particular country) have assumed different dimensions for people in the region. Contemporary research on migration is placed in a spectrum that ranges from exponents of economic benefits at one end, to those who see migration as a security threat, at the other. This paper combines the work of three researchers and looks at the different political locations from which the South Asian subject is induced to move. It also discusses the economic and political implications that arise from these migration trajectories. Drawing on their research, the authors emphasise the need for understanding how migration is linked to a complex set of processes that reflect power relations in unequal societies.

Migration is an important social and historical reality in South Asia. In the past decade, migration from one country to another and internal migration (i.e. migration within a particular country) have assumed different dimensions for people in the region. Contemporary research on migration is placed in a spectrum that ranges from exponents of economic benefits at one end, to those who see migration as a security threat, at the other. This paper combines the work of three researchers and looks at the different political locations from which the South Asian subject is induced to move. It also discusses the economic and political implications that arise from these migration trajectories. Drawing on their research, the authors emphasise the need for understanding how migration is linked to a complex set of processes that reflect power relations in unequal societies.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:26 Mar 2010 13:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Publisher:NCCR North-South
Series Name:Perspectives / NCCR North-South
Number:5
ISBN:978-3-905835-13-7
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.north-south.unibe.ch/content.php/publication/id/2498
Related URLs:http://aleph.unibas.ch/F/?local_base=DSV01&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=005190008
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33173

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