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Returning, circulating, staying put: Complex family strategies among African migrants

Call for papers for a thematic issue in the Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales (REMI)

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Publié le vendredi 21 septembre 2018 par Anastasia Giardinelli

Résumé

While there is an increase in studies of return migration to Africa and of the transnational family arrangements of African migrants, there is still little evidence of the way complex return mobilities are embedded in family dynamics. Family configurations are changing over time with varying aspirations and decisions to return to the place of origin, to circulate, or to stay put (in theplace of destination). Furthermore, with the return of a family member, new patterns of mobilities within the transnational/translocal family may take place. This special issue proposes to gather researchers working on family and African migration (both within the African continent and beyond) to investigate the question of return (or non-return).

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Presentation

While there is an increase in studies of return migration to Africa (Åkesson and Eriksson-Baaz, 2015;Ammassari, 2004; Boyer, 2016; Bredeloup, 2016; Chappart, 2008; Flahaux, 2013; HernandezCarretero,2017; Kleist, 2017; Sinatti, 2011) and of the transnational family arrangements of African migrants (Beauchemin et al., 2014; Baizan et al., 2014; Mazzucato et al., 2014; Mazzucato and Poeze,2016; Poeze et al., 2016; Koudougou, 2016), there is still little evidence of the way complex return mobilities are embedded in family dynamics. Family configurations are changing over time with varying aspirations and decisions to return to the place of origin, to circulate, or to stay put (in theplace of destination). Furthermore, with the return of a family member, new patterns of mobilities within the transnational/translocal family may take place. This special issue proposes to gather researchers working on family and African migration (both within the African continent and beyond) to investigate the question of return (or non-return).

Topics

We are looking for papers which address this topic, using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodologies, and which focus on various areas of origin (North, West, Central, East or Southern Africa) and destination (within the same country, to another African country, to Europe, North America, or elsewhere), and on migrants having different status (whether they have citizenship of the country of destination or not,whatever the reason of their migration and return, and whatever their family situation before andafter migration took place).

We particularly invite papers in line with the following themes:

a) Aspirations and decision to return, to stay put or to circulate

  • How do migrants consider returning (or not), taking into account their family situation? Do return intentions evolve over the course of migrants’ lives and their family formations?
  • Do ruptures (divorce, separation…) in the family lead to the return of some family members?
  • How is the “return” of one member of the family decided and negotiated within the family as a whole? Are there different types of return among family members related to different motives for returning?
  • Are there differences between men and women regarding aspiration and the decision to return, to stayput or to circulate? What about differences in terms of 1st and 2nd generation

b) New Mobility and immobility dynamics within families upon return

  • How has family life changed after the return of one or all of the family members? How is the decision to return perceived a posteriori? Does it have an impact in terms of shaping future aspirations and decisions to return among family members? Are there differences in terms of gender and generations?
  • According to their family situation, do return migrants desire to migrate again, to circulate or to move forward?
  • How is the reintegration process and family life for migrants who did not want to return? And forthose who had prepared the return, do the realities back home correspond to their expectations? - How is this mobility/immobility nexus related to return migration managed within transnational households?- How do new complex return mobilities shape transnational family life? What is the role oftechnologies and citizenship in shaping return mobilities?

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be sent

by the 1st of October 2018

to Marie Godin (marie.godin@qeh.ox.ac.uk) and Marie-Laurence Flahaux (marie-laurence.flahaux@ird.fr).

They should include a title and asummary of 4000 characters maximum (spaces included), and indicate the name of author(s), their affiliation, email address and postal address. Summaries are expected to specify the main research question, the conceptual framework as well as the methodology used for the data collection and analyses.

Scientific Committee

Call proposed by Marie-Laurence Flahaux (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, LPED, Aix Marseille Université) and Marie Godin (Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford & Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham)

Dates

  • lundi 01 octobre 2018

Mots-clés

  • Migration, Return, Family

Contacts

  • Marie Godin
    courriel : marie [dot] godin [at] qeh [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
  • Marie-Laurence Flahaux
    courriel : marie-laurence [dot] flahaux [at] ird [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • Marie Godin
    courriel : marie [dot] godin [at] qeh [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

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« Returning, circulating, staying put: Complex family strategies among African migrants », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le vendredi 21 septembre 2018, https://calenda.org/480145

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