Between the village and the global city: the production and decay of translocal spaces of Thai migrant workers in Singapore

  • Simon Alexander Peth, Harald Sterly, Patrick Sakdapolrak
  • Mobilities, April 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2018.1449785

Also long-term migrants keep strong and enduring connections to thier place of origin

Photo by R.H. Lee on Unsplash

Photo by R.H. Lee on Unsplash

What is it about?

Migrants often keep strong social and economic relations between the place of destination and the place of origin (translocal relations). It has been argued, that these connections decline over time. We have found that time per se is not such an important factor but rather the social integration (translocal embeddedness) and the role of migration politics. In this contribution we take a closer look on the temporal dimension of migration and the connections between different places and people.

Why is it important?

Recently there is a strong public focus on the so called refugee crisis seeing migration as new problem. In fact international migration has been there for centuries and should rather be seen as normality. It is important to take an unagitated look behind the scenes of different migration systems to recognize the really relevant problems (e.g. the prevention of social integration) but also the advantages of migration.


Dipl. Geogr. Simon Alexander Peth
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn

Writing this article was a big concern for me, because so far little has been written about the temporal dimension of migration and translocality. What actually happens when migration systems alter or collapse? Will all the translocal connections that were previously created suddenly come to an end? It was time to address this question of the transience of translocality.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dipl. Geogr. Simon Alexander Peth, Mr Simon Alexander Peth, and Harald Sterly