What we're reading: 2019 roundup

With year coming to a close, we're sharing some of the interesting and thought-provoking pieces on migration and development that we've been reading.

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A collection of books. Photo: Kimberly Farmer.

Looking to do some end of year reading? Below are our picks for the most engaging and innovative pieces on migration research, policy and storytelling from around the web.

Suggested readings from 2019

Searching for a better life: Predicting international migration with online search keywords

by M. H. Böhme, A. Gröger, and T. Stöhr, Journal of Development Economics

Human Hand Holding White Samsung Duos Android Smartphone
Person holding a smartphone. Photo: John-Mark Smith, CC-BY-NC.

An innovative way of overcoming migration data scarcity using search engine data for estimating migration intentions and predicting short-term migration flows -  Mathias Czaika

To Stay or to Flee: A Syrian Mother’s Impossible Choice

by Alia Malek,  The New York Times Magazine

Two women sitting in front of bay
Two women sitting in Turkey. Photo: Public Domain Dedication.

A lively account on how refugees make decisions for a fresh start and navigate journeys as transnational households - Ayşen Üstübici

The refugee and the thief

by Peter Hessler, The New Yorker

Unattended bag in airport
Unattended bag in airport. Photo: Michał Parzuchowski.

A captivating account contrasting Peter Hessler’s own departure from Egypt - easy despite a last-minute theft – to the planning and struggles involved in the attempts of a gay Egyptian friend to leave - Jessica Hagen-Zanker

Competing Origin-country Perspectives on Emigrant Descendants: Moroccan Diaspora Institutions’ Policy Views and Practices Regarding the “Next Generation Abroad”

by Rilke Mahieu, International Migration Review

People Gathering Near Outdoor in Rabat
People walking outside in Rabat. Photo: Meliani Idriss.

Timely attention to diaspora engagement policies beyond the migrant generation, demonstrating the plurality of rationalities underlying diaspora engagement policies and underscoring the pervasive roles of both origin state interests and diaspora interests - Marta Bivand Erdal

Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage

by Suketu Mehta, The Guardian

Fire exit sign
Fire exit sign. Photo: Braden Hopkins.

Sobering Guardian long read on the construction of fear and the politicisation of migration across the West – tracking the historical roots of immigration perception gaps and how politicians have manipulated these narratives across the globe - Amy Leach

“But you don’t look Turkish!”: The Changing Face of Turkish Immigration to Germany

by Gülay Türkmen, ResetDOC

Turkish-Germans at the Euro 2008 match between Germany and Turkey
Turkish-Germans at the Euro 2008 match between Germany and Turkey. Photo: Arne List, CC-BY-SA.

A triggering insight on the changing profile of migration from Germany to Turkey and on how "highly-skilled", "middle class" new migrants re-draw cultural boundaries - Ayşen Üstübici

Strategy, identity or legitimacy? Analysing engagement with dual citizenship from the bottom-up

by Eleanor Knott, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Two passports on a table
Dual citizenship. Photo: Dariusz Boron, CC BY-NC-ND.

Moving beyond the strawman binary of strategy vs. identity in explaining why people choose to hold dual citizenship, and convincingly showing the salience of legitimacy in the context of the acquisition of Romanian kin-state citizenship in Moldova- Marta Bivand Erdal

The biopolitics of the migration-development nexus: Governing migration in the UK

by Patrick Pinkerton, Politics

Two people entering the UK border at airport
UK border. Photo: Danny Howard, CC-BY.

In this article, Pinkerton highlights how the biopolitics of the migration-development nexus underpinning UK policy shows contradictory pressures and creates tension between economic and social cohesion demands. Legal channels for generating and limiting migrant mobility are simultaneously restricting integration and permanent settlement, with consequences for social harmony. - Yunas Samad

Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality

Women working in the field.
Women working in a field in Kenya - Karwe Village (Makengi). Photo: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, CC BY-NC-SA.

by Nitya Rao, The Conversation

The climate crisis is increasing environmental stress in vulnerable communities. As a result, men are often migrating to look for work elsewhere – leaving women to care for the family and community left behind. Based on new research led by the University of East Anglia, this timely read highlights the need to address the gendered dimensions of climate migration. - Nicole Johnson

Using EU AID to Address the Root Causes of Migration and Refugee Flows

by Heliodoro Temprano Arroyo, Migration Policy Centre

EU Aid volunteers unload a truck in Lebanon
EU Aid Volunteer programme in Lebanon. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, CC BY-NC-ND.

In light of the fact that more and more development aid money is being put toward migration issues and specifically to address the "root causes of migration", this book is an insightful tool the better understand the evidence around this topic and the position and actions of the EU in this regard. - Melissa Siegel

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