Pieces of the Diaspora Mobilization Puzzle: Migrant Precarity and the Host Civil Society

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2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room) | UC Davis

Under what conditions will migrants mobilize and advocate for change in either their home country or their host country? Typically, migrant precarity is viewed as a hindering factor to migrant mobilization as migrants facing precarious situations are so concerned with their day to day livelihoods and survival that they do not have the time, energy, or resources to collectively organize. However, we argue instead that migrant precarity is a necessary condition for migrant mobilization. Necessity is the mother of invention and in times of extreme precarity, migrants have no other choice but to collectively organize to advocate for change. Using two case studies (Zimbabwean migrants in South African and Burmese migrants in Thailand) Amy Skoll demonstrates how precarity is mitigated by the home country context as well as the host country context, leading to variation in migrant mobilization.

Registration closes on May 15 at 12 pm.

skollAmy Skoll 
PhD student, International Relations and Comparative Politics
Amy Skoll is a third year PhD student at UC Davis studying International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her research interests include civil conflict and violence, refugees and migration, and religion and politics. Amy is originally from Sacramento, CA and is an alumni of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received her B.A. in Global Politics and her M.B.A.

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