The distinction between what is defined as international or internal migration depends on the (in)stability of the borders that surround and encapsulate nation-states. Simplistically, the former operates on the basis of individuals moving between one nation-state and another while the latter represents movement within the borders of one nation-state. Contemporary debates in migration
studies are beginning to address the connection and pathways that ‘bridge the gap’ between international and internal migration, highlighting a blurring of the two categories as migratory movements become increasingly complex and fractured (King and Skeldon, 2010). However, while I understand the importance of addressing the linkages between international and internal migration,
my aim in this working paper is to contribute to the limited amount of literature on the “forgotten migrants”: those that migrate internally within the borders of their own country or nation-state (Laczko, 2008).