Panel 12: People and Categories on the Move: Values, Social Ties and Livelihood Projects of ‘Diasporas’ and Transnational Migrants

Panel Time: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 10:30 to 13:00


Carsten Butsch, GSSC
Rita Sanders, GSSC


For a long time, migration has been explained by the search for labor and the striving for ‘development’ and ‘modernity’. Mainly migration streams from peripheries to centers, and from places in the Global South to such in the Global North, were theorized. However, migrant flows seem far more complex than established theories wish to predict. Therefore, this panel seeks to investigate the diversity and historicity of particular migrant processes in and beyond the Global South. These are shaped by social networks on the one hand and regulatory and tangible linkages on the other hand. Within this framework, migrants develop their own livelihood strategies and projects and challenge with their individual life stories the analytical potential of a macro perspective, focused on migration streams and categories.

In particular, this panel focusses on the social and economic networks of ‘diasporas’ and transnational migrants. We wish to explore 1) how states deal with ‘their diasporas’ and transnational migrants, looking at the changing regulatory frameworks (citizenship, regulation of economic flows) shaping plurilocal embeddedness; 2) how ‘diasporas’ and transnational migrants impact economies at the places where they reside and to which they are connected and rework societal structures. Finally, by contrasting case studies from various regions in and beyond the Global South, this panels aims at exploring common (but also differing) patterns of migrant inclusion/exclusion, livelihood strategies, and forms of organizing and transforming values.


  • Li Xi Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Robert Kloosterman, University of Amsterdam
  • Floya Anthias, University of East London
  • Ajay Dubey, Jawaharlal Nehru University