The Expatriation in the Field of Migration Studies: Issues and Perspectives

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC31 Sociology of Migration (host committee)

Language: French and English

This session aims to highlight the place of the expatriation in the field of the international migration studies. Rarely studied and more often connected with "lifestyle migration" (Benson and O'Reilly, 2009) or "privileged mobility" (Croucher, 2012), the expatriation is rather associated with a specific form of displacement. In a certain way, expatriation is also connected with transnational elites (Beaverstock, 2002), or with cosmopolitanism and tourism, as expatriates are international workers and travellers. But it is also connected with whiteness and postcolonial studies, for example the Europeans in Africa. Considering that "the labour migrants are rather negatively connoted whereas more positive connotations are connected to those considered mobile" (Faist, 2013 : 1642), we can ask if expatriates are rather connected with mobility or migration.

This call invites all papers that deal with expatriation at large. It means empirical, theoretical and semantic researches that put expatriation at the center of the analysis. It will be particularly interesting to question critically the uses of the word and its links with migration studies.

Session Organizer:
Sylvain BECK, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, France
Oral Presentations
Lifestyle Migration in the Political Economy of Migration
Michaela BENSON, Goldsmiths, United Kingdom
Between Economic Exile and Lifestyle Migration. US and Spanish Expats in Chile.
Cristian DONA REVECO, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA