By Maggie O'Neill
Problems with asylum, migration, humanitarian security and integration/belonging are of growing to be curiosity past the disciplinary parts of refugee experiences, migration, and social coverage. Rooted in additional than 20 years of scholarship, this publication makes use of serious social concept and participatory, biographical and humanities dependent equipment with asylum seekers, refugees and rising groups to discover the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that inter-disciplinary research is needed to house the complexity of the problems concerned and bargains knowing as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing upon cutting edge participatory, arts established, performative and coverage correct study.
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As Castles states (2003), the arrival of migrants to northern countries, the growth of transnational communities and processes of community formation are important areas to study using analysis that links the micro, meso and macro dynamics. I argue that such analysis is necessarily 24 Introduction an interdisciplinary undertaking, emerging from cultural, relational social policy and political research and awareness that every social phenomenon be examined from its embeddedness within the social totality.
Such flows are linked to the circulation of people, goods and technology and communications networks, and include ‘alternative and criminal networks to enable the flow of people from South to North’ (2003, p 190). Castles and Miller’s (2009) The age of migration, a classic text in the field, defines five key features or trends of contemporary migration: acceleration (rapid increase in migration); globalisation (marked by the increase in migrants worldwide, with the majority of states experiencing emigration and immigration); diversification (the increasing diversity of migrants’ motivations for migration (Sales, 2007, p 34); feminisation (the increase in female migration); and politicisation (increased political attention on migration and immigration policy in western nations (Sales, 2007, pp 99-11; Castles and Miller, 2009, pp 277-95).
Given this backdrop the following section outlines the three points around which the book is organised – theory, methodology and praxis – and the key themes and terms of analysis. There is a need for research that deals with micrology within the context of historical and comparative research that casts light on broader social structures and processes. Thus, ethnographic, biographical, narrative and participatory research and policy-oriented praxis are used within this epistemological frame of reference.
Asylum, Migration and Community by Maggie O'Neill