In early 2015 there was a spike in new stories about ‘trafficking’ related to migration. But most of the stories described events that had little to do with trafficking. They described smuggling of migrants, primarily across the Mediterranean. Does it … Continue reading Why ‘trafficking’ is in the news for the wrong reasons
During a recent conversation among migration scholars, a PhD candidate mentioned in passing that ‘I’m not really familiar with the names yet’. It was obvious that many of had a shared mental inventory of migration scholars. So I started wondering how this tacit knowledge … Continue reading Who is who in migration studies: 107 names worth knowing
The European Union has made it clear that bombs were not part of the plan for war against people smuggling after all. “No one is thinking of bombing,” said Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, yesterday. The alleged plans for bombing … Continue reading What would have been new about bombing migrant boats?
Migration affects the lives of women in many ways. One subtle but critical mechanism lies in disputes over ‘who’ migrant women are. Migration researchers can play a role in making the battles apparent and showing how they matter. I have … Continue reading How migration spurs battles over women
Here’s my list of migration researchers on Twitter – that is, people who do research on migration and share their ideas about it in English on Twitter. Many of them (myself included) tweet about other things as well, but I’ve … Continue reading Migration researchers on Twitter
I am convening a panel at ECAS 2015, the 6th European Conference on African Studies (Paris, 8-10 July 2015) that seeks to bring new perspectives on young Africans’ ways of relating to their future. The call for papers was met with overwhelming response. … Continue reading Pathways out of waithood: engaging with a repertoire of strategies
Guangzhou is an amazing city for photography! I’m a member of the photography group of the local InterNations community, and we do regular walks. The one we did on 11 October 2014 was a special one, part of the Worldwide … Continue reading Guangzhou photo walk
The population of the Philippines is surpassing 100 million in late July 2014. That’s a reminder of the country’s importance in global migration. Emigration generally has the strongest impacts in countries with relatively small populations, such as El Salvador, Armenia … Continue reading Filipino migration is extraordinary
After the shipwreck off Lampedusa on 3 October 2013 I commented in the media in Norway: An op. ed. on NRK Ytring entitled A long-term challenge explains, among other things, why human smugglers should not be the focus of attention. … Continue reading What happened off Lampedusa?