Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, PhD, Senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Transnational Ties and Ruptures: Latin American Migration experiences

In this presentation, I reflect on the ways in which the conditions of transnational mobility have changed over the past 25 years. Drawing on research in various migration processes (primarily involving Dominicans, Peruvians, Colombians, Guatemalans and Hondurans), I trace how changing migration realities - in particular stricter migration policies and border enforcements - have altered the possibilities of living lives across borders. Particular attention is paid to the changing conditions on the right to move and settle as well as to the concomitant rise in high-risk migration. I argue that the by now well-established transnational research tradition of studying migration through a multi-local lens including both the sending, receiving and other ends of the migrant trajectory can be fruitfully extended by directing the analytical lens towards not only transnational belonging and identity, but also transnational governance and the growing economy and market-based governance structures arising in the enactment of state efforts to manage migration flows. A move I for a lack of other expressions call “from migrant identity to the migration industry”. By way of conclusion I discuss how high-risk migration and ever rising incidences of migrant casualties may have the power to animate politics and produce affect and humanitarian effects beyond state appropriated humanitarian discourse. When such effects materialize, new transnational social fields may be in the making.

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