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