(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

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Spanish skilled migration to Mexico City: TNC transferees and migrants in the middle

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Using qualitative information, this paper studies the labour experiences of a group of skilled Spanish migrants in Mexico City. The paper identifies two types of migrants amongst the interviewed Spaniards : TNCs transferees and 'migrants in the middle' ('those who are neither low-skilled migrants nor high-skilled migrants'; Conradson and Latham, 2005a). This somehow challenges assumptions about skilled workers, by showing the multiple work trajectories and experiences of highly qualified and educated workers. The article also stresses that the labour mobility of those in the middle is more horizontal and less conventional than the more typical career-path mobility of TNCs transferees. Furthermore, it is argued that labour mobility is not only related to educational background or performance in Mexico’s labour markets, but also to non-economic reasons (e.g. extensive use of social networks). Of special interest for this study are relations at the workplace as they represent 'contact zone' where 'difference' is constantly encountered and negotiated (Yeoh and Willis, 2005b). For the interviewed Spaniards, workplace relations are substantially (and unexpectedly) different from their home country. This causes tension and problems which may affect their intentions to remain in Mexico.


Article of periodic

published at : Analele ştiinţifice ale Universităţii "Al.I. Cuza" din Iaşi. Geografie / ISSN 1223-5334

Editor : Editura Universitatii "Al.I. Cuza" din Iasi, Iasi - ROUMANIE (1990)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 54 [pp. 91-108]

Bibliographic references : 32 ref.




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