Understanding the Contemporary Race-Migration Nexus

Erel, Umut and Murji, Karim and Nahaboo, Zaki (2016) Understanding the Contemporary Race-Migration Nexus. Ethnics and Racial Studies, 39 (8). pp. 1339-1360. ISSN 1466-4356

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Abstract

The linkage between race and migration, especially in the UK since the 1990s, has shifted from a focus on postcolonial migrants to focus on newer groups, while migration within the European Union has also altered the discussion of racism and migration. This critical review provides a framework for understanding how race is conceptualized (or ignored) in contemporary scholarship on migration. We identify three, partly overlapping nexi between migration and racialization: (1) ‘Changing Migrations – Continuities of Racism’; (2) ‘Complex Migrations – Differentialist Racialization’; (3) ‘Post-racial Migrations – Beyond Racism’. The article analyses what each of these nexi bring into focus as well as what they neglect. The concept of race–migration nexus aids a fuller understanding of how migration and contemporary racialization are co-constructed. Scholars need to consider the relationship between migration and race to better address pressing issues of racism against migrants and settled communities.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1161808
Date: 13 May 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Racialization of migrants, race, racism, migration, Europe, UK
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Zaki Nahaboo
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2019 10:32
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 13:50
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8616

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