Putting ‘travel’ back at the heart of migration stories.

By Caroline Osella|April 30, 2019|Media, project results and findings|6 comments

Today I’m re-posting another excellent piece, which mulls over the phenomenonlogy of migration and pleads for us not to forget the human stories and experiences which often get hidden behind a policy-maker’s focus on migration costs, income outcomes, push-pull factors, labyrinthine systems of visas, patrons, travel costs and more.

This is why the REALM project gathers not only economists and demographers, but also political scientists, ethnographers and sociologists: and insists that we sit down together and listen to each other. We’re always working to hold on to all the threads, so that the understandings that we weave can be as complex and nuanced as we can make them.

Enjoy this piece, which is a beautiful companion to my last post. It pulls us into another world of migration stories – stories which have been impacting in Kerala via literature such as Goat Days and movies which reflect upon migration and travel as a human condition, like Zakariya’s Sudani From Nigeria.

Next week, I’ll be back to posting more from the final results of my part of the project.  And addressing what was one of my key questions: is Gulf migration purely economic, or is it also, to an extent, lifestyle migration? Keep reading for some interesting responses from Gulf Malayalis,


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  1. I really enjoy the blog post.Really thank you! Will read on…

  2. Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!|

  3. Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks|

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  5. Thank you for sharing my piece! Excited to see the REALM project. Hoping to learn more about this.

    1. Do keep following the blog – more results to come, and more about the project. Thanks for your work – do keep sharing it here with us!

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