Migration Letters 2018-03-10T12:26:55+00:00 Ibrahim Sirkeci Open Journal Systems <div style="clear: left;"><div class="Migration Letters"><a class="action" href="/migrationletters"><img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="/journal/public/site/images/sirkeci/ml_cover2.png" alt="Migration Letters" height="347" /></a><p><span><span><strong>Migration Letters</strong>  is an international leading scholarly journal for researchers, students, scholars who investigate human migration as well as practitioners and quick dissemination of research in the field through its letter type format enabling concise sharing of short accounts of research, debates, case studies, book reviews and viewpoints in this multidisciplinary field of social sciences.</span></span></p><p><strong>Migration Letters</strong> is indexed and abstracted in International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), EBSCO Electronic Journals Service (EJS), ProQuest Sociology, ProQuest Social Sciences, SCOPUS, Index Copernicus, and Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Cabell's Directory of Psychology &amp; Psychiatry; Cabell's Directory of Educational Curriculum &amp; Methods</p><p> </p></div></div> When "expatriation" is a matter of family. Opportunities, barriers and intimacies in international mobility 2017-12-31T13:52:40+00:00 <p class="01Copy">This special issue aims at understanding “expatriate” mobility with a special focus on the role of family and intimacy, and brings together different case-studies, built through different theoretical perspectives. These allow approaching “expatriate” mobile families along two main lines: as part of the making of life trajectories, and as these are shaped by, and are shaping, professional trajectories. This editorial highlights the contributions of the various articles, before addressing a series of emerging issues. Among these, it questions the very notion of “expatriate” in the light of family life, shows the evolution of families in repeated mobility, and brings to the fore the importance of temporality and timing in these family lives, as well as that of reflexivity in mobility. As a whole, the various contributions of this special issue complement each other in illustrating the complexities of expatriates’ migration and family life in times of increasing global mobility, but also, they raise theoretical discussions, point to possible empirical implications, and suggest avenues for further investigations. </p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families 2018-03-10T12:25:33+00:00 <p>Two dominant images of migrant professionals, also known as “expats”, have long been common, in the social sciences: on the one hand, they were described as super-mobile individuals, who easily move between places with no time frame in mind, with the openness to engage with diversity; on the other hand, more recent studies challenged the idea of “expat” cosmopolitanism, and investigated the boundaries constituted by these people in the course of their everyday life. The present paper brings to the fore the complexity of these individuals’ and their families’ experiences of international mobility from a combined socio-cultural psychological and sociological perspective. We draw on qualitative research conducted in Switzerland in order to reflect on the role of family in the way these people make sense of diversity across time and space, make and un-make symbolic boundaries between themselves and others, and understand their own and their familiars' transformation. </p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The role of family relationships in migration decisions: a reconstruction based on implicit starting points in migrants’ justifications 2018-03-10T12:25:44+00:00 <p>This article integrates the discourse analytical approach of Argumentation theory in the study of international migration, with the aim to study <em>t</em>he role of family relationships in migration decisions for international migrants. Argumentation theory studies dialogical exchanges in which participants give reasons to justify their standpoints. In this perspective, interviews with migrants are considered as dialogical exchanges, in which migrants provide accounts of their crucial migration decisions by giving justificatory reasons. By reconstructing these reasons, implicit starting points emerge, in particular <em>endoxa</em>, i.e. participants’ personal values and beliefs that are at the basis of their decisions. The reconstruction of implicit endoxa allows a nuanced access to the role of family relationships within migrants’ accounts of their decisions. </p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "We live a life in periods" - Perceptions of mobility and becoming an expat spouse 2018-03-10T12:25:54+00:00 Deploying organizations strongly support their employees’ relocation with their spouses and children under the premise that families guarantee a social and practical support system (Kraimer et al. 2016). Expat spouses I have interviewed in the course of my qualitative data collection were sure that their migration experience differed significantly from their employed spouses. While for themselves relocation was a (repeated) interruption of the “normal pace of life”, they assumed that their husbands were provided with a “ready-made life” because they started work right away and were thus integrated in a local social setting. This paper explorse different perceptions of expat spouses' mobility and argues that expat spouses learn to be expat spouses through repeated relocations and "mobility work" ( Mense-Petermann and Spiegel 2016). 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Moving to paradise for the children’s sake 2018-03-10T12:26:20+00:00 <p><span>Increasing numbers of “Western” families spend several months a year in Goa, India, and the rest of the time in the parents’ passport countries or elsewhere. These “lifestyle migrants” are motivated by a search for “a better quality of life”, and the parents often claim that an important reason for their lifestyle choice is that it is better for the children to be in Goa, where they have enriching experiences and enjoy playing freely outdoors, in a natural environment. This article discusses parents’ and children’s views of this lifestyle. It argues that although the lifestyle sometimes causes moral panic among outsider adults who see regular transnational mobility as a sign of instability, a closer look reveals that there are various aspects of stability in the children’s lives. Paying careful attention to the parents’ and children’s own accounts, and the empirical realities of their lives, enables us to reach beyond normative judgements.</span></p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Family configurations and arrangements in the transnational mobility of early-career academics: Does gender make twice the difference? 2018-03-10T12:26:35+00:00 <p>Previous studies have pointed out the highly gendered character of academia in general and international mobility in particular: women academics are confronted with a ‘glass ceiling’, and they are less geographically mobile than men, mainly as a result of family obligations. This paper examines whether gender plays twice a role in how women and men consider family arrangements in regard to a long-term post-PhD period of transnational mobility. Using data from an online survey and face-to-face interviews at the Universities of Cambridge and Zurich, we focus first on family configurations when academics decide to become mobile, then on how the family arrangements evolve while abroad. We show that the transnational mobility of academics has become more complex and varied than the ‘classical model’ of mobile academic men and non-mobile or ‘tied mover’ women. While having a child continues to impact gender roles, institutional characteristics in the context of mobility also play a role that needs to be further analysed.</p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Femininities and masculinities in highly skilled migration: Peruvian graduates’ narratives of employment transitions and binational marriages in Switzerland 2018-03-10T12:26:44+00:00 <p>Biographic research about migrant’s gender identities grasps tendencies of normativity change chronologically and transnationally. Transition to employment stories of Peruvian graduates from Swiss universities evoke continuities and changes in femininities and masculinities from Peru to Switzerland. Binational marriages that mediate employment transition after graduation play an ambivalent role in the attainment of jobs commensurate to skills. Career, partner, and care are key elements of transgressing and reinforcing non/hegemonic masculinities and un/desirable femininities from super scientist women to failing male breadwinners. Feminization of highly skilled migration from Peru is linked to urban middle classes where femininities are increasingly based on career advancement. However, these professional-oriented femininities might be neutralized in favour of care-oriented femininities from family models in Switzerland. While Peruvian female graduates constructed an ideal of care/career integration predominantly, male counterparts emphasized the risk of career success at the expense of partnership.</p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Temporary international mobility, Family Timing, Dual Career and family democracy. A case of Swedish medical professionals 2018-03-10T12:26:55+00:00 <p>The article, based on 43 narrative interviews with Swedish physicians and molecular biologists, discusses family timing and family management as crucial factors in temporary international mobility of highly skilled professionals. In the narratives, the family often created a kind of inertia and complication for a prolonged period of working abroad. The interviewees’ dreams and wishes had to be negotiated with a partner pursuing his/her own career, as well as the rest of the family, and there were also a lot of logistics and practicalities to take care of. However, mobility was also regarded as an amazing opportunity for the whole family to be together and to learn about new cultural and social contexts. In several narratives, the temporary and thus “parenthetic” living abroad influenced the otherwise cherished ideals of dual careers, equal gender contract and a respectful parenthood.</p><p> </p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Temporarily protected Syrians’ access to the healthcare system in Turkey: Changing policies and remaining challenges 2018-01-17T05:59:29+00:00 <p>The recent increase in the migratory flows of Syrian asylum-seekers has drawn attention to the causes and, more fundamentally, to the consequences of such mobility patterns in both the European Union and in Turkey. In this paper we explore the healthcare system in Turkey and, particularly, Syrians’ access to healthcare services. Bringing together the literature on healthcare and on mobility from conflict zones, this paper advances our understanding of the challenges in access to healthcare facilities faced by a vulnerable population – namely displaced persons from Syria living in Turkey. Based on an analysis of secondary literature and social policies, we observe three main challenges faced by Syrians in Turkey in accessing healthcare services: registration procedure, navigation of the system and language barriers.</p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Exploring the ‘Third Coast’ and ‘Second City’: Background and research on African migration in the Midwestern U.S. and Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area 2017-12-31T13:52:40+00:00 <p>Sub-Saharan African migration to the U.S. is rapidly yet quietly growing, and the Midwestern/Great Lakes region of the country (its “Third Coast”) is becoming an increasingly important destination.  In particular, the so-called “Second City” of Chicago – the regional epicenter and third largest U.S. city – is in need of social scientific research addressing the unique trajectories and experiences of its expanding African populations.  This paper provides a background for these dynamics by drawing from primary and secondary data on Midwestern African migrant communities’ organizing and activities as observed through interviews and fieldwork among more than fifty African migrant organizations in the Midwestern U.S. and Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.  It will outline the evolution and distribution of African migration in the Chicago area and provide a brief overview of African resources, organizations, and other institutions and establishments as they seek to bring together and represent the burgeoning African community within and beyond the city.</p> 2018-01-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##