Who Receives More Help? The Role of Employer Support in Migration Processes

Author(s) : Laure Sandoz, Fabian Santi

Source : https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05671-1_3


« Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? This question, raised by the African social activist Mawuna Remarque Koutonin in the Guardian in March 2015, critically addresses the problematic dimension of the categories that we commonly use when we talk about mobile people. Although “immigrants” are typically represented as poor, ethnically marked low-skilled people, “expats” tend to be imagined as white, wealthy, highly skilled individuals who easily travel from one country to another according to their job (Favell et al. 2006; Al Ariss and Crowley-Henry 2013; Cranston 2017). These stereotypical representations are problematic in many respects, but they reflect nonetheless the global inequalities and power relations that currently structure migration processes. This article highlights some of these inequalities by focussing on the support that different groups of migrants receive when they move to Switzerland. Drawing on both an ethnographic study and the nccr – on the move Migration-Mobility Survey, we want to understand how different actors structure different forms of migration for different categories of people. »
Keywords: Relocation support, Labour market, Migration channels, Highly skilled migrants, Migration management 



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