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Migration Working Group – Scholars of Excellence Edition: Migration Brokers in (Im)Mobile Times

October 25, 2022
10:00 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT
Hybrid (In person at CERC Migration office / online via Zoom)
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The Migration Working Group is a series of monthly sessions to discuss innovative research being done on migration and integration by emerging and established scholars. The series gives researchers an opportunity to present their ongoing projects, learn about each other’s work and share feedback.

In fall 2022, our visiting Scholars of Excellence will be leading day-long workshops. Check our calendar for other workshops taking place in September and November.

Migration Brokers in (Im)Mobile Times

Co-convened by Brenda Yeoh, I. Rajan and Anna Triandafyllidou

Migration governance is a multi-dimensional (social, spatial, temporal) process which develops in non-linear ways. Recent scholarly work has paid increasing attention to the role of intermediaries in regulating migration, whether they act as employment agencies, local brokers or government representatives. This workshop builds on this literature and seeks to carry it forward in two distinct directions: first, to reflect on whether and how the role of migration brokers is changing in the post-pandemic period; and second, to bring together the study of migration brokers in temporary, less-skilled migration with an analysis of their role in the migration of the highly skilled, including in our reflection international students, artists or athletes. This workshop considers the pandemic as a ‘critical juncture’ that shapes the role of the migration infrastructure in unexpected ways, while also exploring the interaction between migration infrastructure and migrant agency.

Workshop Agenda
9:30-10 AM EDT Welcome reception
10 AM EDT Welcome: Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University, Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore, and S. Irudaya Rajan, International Institute of Migration and Development 
10:15 AM-12:35 PM EDT Panel 1: Migration brokers and temporary migration regimes in pre-and post-pandemic times
  • Transnational mediated migration: Cross-border recruiters as a pre- and ‘post’pandemic mode of governance of migrant labour regimes in Asia  | Katharine Jones, Coventry University PDF fileAbstract
  • Migrant domestic workers and placement agents in the debt-financed migration regime | Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore PDF fileAbstract
  • Migration brokers and return migration during and after the pandemic in Nepal and the Philippines | Richa Shivakoti, CERC Migration 
  • Journeying to the city of gold: Migration brokers and the routes of South Asian migrants to South Africa | Pragna Rugunanan, University of Johannesburg PDF fileAbstract
12:35-1:30 PM EDT Lunch break
1:30-3:50 PM EDT Panel 2: Migration brokers and temporary skilled migration
  • Brokers as Dream Sellers: The Indian Student Experience | S. Irudaya Rajan, International Institute of Migration and Development PDF fileAbstract
  • Foreign students locked out of China: New challenges, new brokers | Heidi Østbø Haugen, University of Oslo PDF fileAbstract
  • Value of care: How foreign live-in elder care workers in Germany bargain wage and working time | Magdalena Nowicka, DeZIM-Institute, Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin PDF fileAbstract
  • Migration brokers and opera singers before and after Covid-19 | Irina Isaakyan, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University PDF fileAbstract
3:50-4:00 PM EDT Reflections and concluding remarks