publication . Article . 2013

Africa - Israel - Africa Return-migration experiences of African labour migrants

Galia Sabar;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013 Journal: Migration Letters, volume 10, issue 1 January, pages 57-70
This paper analyses homecoming experiences of African labour migrants who lived in Israel and returned home. Using qualitative research methodologies, I discerned what factors - material and non-material - determine the relative success of the return process. Focusing on these factors’ effects, I offer a new understanding of labour migrants’ homecoming experiences: those who are “content,” “readjusting,” or “lost. Following Ulrich Beck's (2006) analysis of cosmopolitanism, I suggest that these categories portray significant new life spaces that are neither what they left nor what they came from, and are dynamic, fragile, and constantly changing. In some cases th...
free text keywords: African labour migrants, return process, homecoming, Israel
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