Causes Of Economic Migration

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Methodology and theories How did globalisation cause an increase in economic migration in the global south and what does it mean for the actors involved? First of all, the results of a literature review explains the relation between the key concepts of globalisation, urbanisation and migrant workers. Secondly, this phenomenon of increased migrant workers in the global south is analysed by taking the world cup in 2022 as an extreme example. The high percentage of foreign workers, together with the strict deadline clearly show positive and negative sides of this development. By using a case study, the relationship between theoretical concepts can be made visible and more accessible. This case study focuses most on migrant workers in the global…show more content…
It implies an interconnection between different countries all around the globe. This is ironic, because a lot of research and media attention focuses on the role the global north is playing, without focussing on the global south and thus leaving out half of the globe in this ‘global’ process. Levitt & Jaworsky (2007) connect an increase in migration to times when globalisation is strongest. Economic migrants however, are only part of migration and can be defined as ‘those who are motivated mainly by the prospect of higher incomes’ (Bartram, 2011, p.57). Yeoh & Chang (2001) further categorise migrant workers by taking Singapore as a case study. First, there is a business class of high skilled migrants. Secondly, there are unskilled and semiskilled migrants for low wage jobs. Finally, they identify specialists within a specific sector. This essay focuses on the second category, as this is usually the group that consists of the largest number migrant workers when the domestic labour market falls…show more content…
On one hand, migrants in these colonial times consisted of traders and military men, but on the other hand forced migrants like slaves and other workers. Whereas, in the nineteenth century urbanisation and industrialisation caused a huge increase in economic migration, the destruction of the second world war caused a similar rise in migrant workers (Castles, 2010). These are examples of times of increased globalisation that took place in, or were induced by the global north and usually go hand in hand with the neoliberal model and urbanisation, because it creates so many job vacancies that it cannot be satisfied by the local labour market. Migrant workers had the motive and means to try and get a better livelihood abroad. In the last decades, the globalisation process is present throughout the whole

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