Accepted Paper:

The politics of incentives, disincentives and migration choices: West Africans' finding new engagements in Buenos Aires, Delhi and Durban  


Bobby Sinha (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Paper short abstract:

Short Abstract: This paper aims at a comparative analysis on how cities as Buenos Aires, Delhi and Durban become/ remain attractive for West African Migrants despite local political problems, discrimination in social life, racial animosity and/or xenophobic reactions.

Paper long abstract:

Long Abstract:

The paper aims to comprehend the versatility of Migration flows by juxtaposing the global politics of incentives, disincentives and South- South migration to newer sets of migrants and mobilities in three Southern cities. By focusing on how the South can also move to the South to create newer flows and equilibriums in the current global political economy, I would like to argue that the growth of attractive Southern Cities as migration hubs is not only a promising but also a noteworthy phenomenon for understanding global mobility. Following the migration- trail of viable Southern alternatives acquires particular significance as many actors in the Western world look at international migration, in contrast to previous positions of a, 'compassions galore'- from within the lens of a 'compassion fatigue'. By tapping into this particular case of South-South migration namely the west Africans relocating to the cities of Buenos Aires, Delhi and Durban, the paper aims to open up as well as contribute to two main ideas: Primarily- that in terms of migration we seem to have arrived at a critical juncture in global politics in this second decade of the 21st century. Next, that at such a moment when many forces in the west appear to turn their back on International migration, far reaching implications traversing the 'regressive' to the 'irreversible' glare at us, while migration flows continue to depict newer socio-political versatilities

Panel RM-MRB05
Migration in a world of turmoil