Boundaries of inclusion or exclusion? The economic integration of transnational migrants in regional economies

Ruth McAreavey, Branka Krivokapic-Skoko

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This paper uses data from Australia and Northern Ireland to examine migrants’ inclusion and integration in regional economies. The paper will scrutinise migrants’ entry into, their participation in, and eventual mobility within, the labour market. Using Bürkner’s (2012) multi-level framing of inequalities, the analysis will connect macro, meso and micro influences as a means of unravelling contemporary labour migration. This recognises that labour mobility is implicated within global and political forces as well as localised contexts. The paper examines the way in which boundaries of exclusion and inclusion are created and/or maintained by the state, private sector bodies, civil society and individuals. It considers the implications for the governance of receiving societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXVII Congress. Uneven processes of Rural Change
Subtitle of host publicationOn Diversity, Knowledge and Justice
EditorsKristina Svels
Place of PublicationKrakow, Poland
PublisherThe Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9788394777500
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress - Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Duration: 24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017 (Conference website)


ConferenceXXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress
Abbreviated titleUneven processes of rural change: on diversity, knowledge and justice
OtherThe XXVIIth ESRS conference will be held in Krakow, Poland, July 24-27, 2017. The theme for the conference is ‘Uneven processes of rural change: on diversity, knowledge and justice'.

Europe is facing multiple processes of change that affect the rural in many ways: demographic evolutions, migration flows, renewed urban-rural relations, the rise and fall of alternative food networks vis-à-vis the seeming omnipresence of powerful food consortia, the changing power of constituencies of the rural, changing patterns of land use and valorizations of natural resources, rapid technological developments, etc. These change processes do not occur in isolation, but are embedded in a package of often interrelated external meta-trends (such as climate change, geo-politics, global markets) that position rural spaces in broader dynamics and result in uneven processes of change. The European Society for Rural Sociology has explored many of these processes in former conferences.

These uneven processes of rural change are interconnected and multi-level, involving multiple actors and governance approaches. They re-confirm the inadequacy of outdated concepts and dichotomies such as the urban-rural divide, the globalization-localization dichotomy or the disciplinary/academic segmentation of a complex reality. They are no longer able to capture the complex and systemic nature of today's Europe, its countryside and the ongoing processes of change. We can question how we (in our multiple roles as scientists, citizens, policy makers, members of the business community or NGO representatives) can deal with this.
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