Thinking about precarity

I have been thinking about precarity a lot in recent months, both in relation to my research on international migration and in relation to my own livelihood. The notion of precarity has always featured prominently in migration studies Precarity (also precariousness) has been defined as precarious existence, lacking in predictability, job security, material or psychological welfare. …

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Brexit…. Precursor to PLexit and Trumpdom?

Like the rest of the world I woke up to the shocking news about Brexit. On a more personal note, the first thing in my Facebook feed was a blog by a colleague, Nando Sigona, on his feeling the morning after ... https://nandosigona.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/unreal-extraordinary-indecen I have no words, in any language, to console Nando. I have …

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Thailand waits with baited breath for the release of the 2015 TIP report

It is almost the middle of July 2015 and the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which is usually released in June, has not been issued yet. Many countries are waiting with baited breath to see their ranking. Thailand is one such country. In 2014 Thailand was downgraded in the TIP Report to the bottom-of-the-pile Tier …

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Anti-Rumor Campaign in Bilbao: Fighting Fiction with Facts (and some fun)

I spent the month of May 2016 at the Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain teaching in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) program. It was a delightful experience. While my students were learning from me about the U.S. refugee resettlement system, the challenges facing Central American children and adolescents fleeing …

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