Understanding Immobility: Moving Beyond the Mobility Bias in Migration Studies

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2020-06-01

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This article suggests that there is a mobility bias in migration research: by focusing on the “drivers” of migration — the forces that lead to the initiation and perpetuation of migration flows — migration theories neglect the countervailing structural and personal forces that restrict or resist these drivers and lead to different immobility outcomes. To advance a research agenda on immobility, it offers a definition of immobility, further develops the aspiration-capability framework as an analytical tool for exploring the determinants of different forms of (im)mobility, synthesizes decades of interdisciplinary research to help explain why people do not migrate or desire to migrate, and considers future directions for further qualitative and quantitative research on immobility.

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10.1177/0197918319831952

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Schewel, K (2020). Understanding Immobility: Moving Beyond the Mobility Bias in Migration Studies. International Migration Review, 54(2). pp. 328–355. 10.1177/0197918319831952 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23454.

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Kerilyn Daniel Schewel

Lecturing Fellow in the Sanford School of Public Policy

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