Migrants as social actors
How is the migration of an individual intertwined with the migratory movements of others? The role of agency of migrants is often missing from an analysis of migration systems. Such agency, in an interplay with other structural factors, helps to explain why, once started, migration processes tend to gain their own momentum. This conference theme challenges the determinism which pervades much of the earlier work on systems and incorporates a richer analysis of the agency of social actors in migration processes. We invited papers exploring the role of pioneer migrants, or how early migrants shape subsequent migrations, as well as papers highlighting the rich texture of various migration cultures.
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A matter of class? The dynamics of Brazilian migration to Europe
Cindy Horst (PRIO), Agnieszka Kubal (IMI), Sonia Pereira (IGOT-UL)
Agency and migrants in the labour market: social actors or submissive players?
Migration decision making: aspirations and opportunities
Maria Lucinda Fonseca, Sueli Siqueira, Alina Esteves, Jennifer McGarrigle, Sónia Pereira