Transformations in Network Governance: The Case of Migration Intermediaries
Groutsis, D, van den Broek, D. and Harvey, W.S. (2015). Transformations in Network Governance: The Case of Migration Intermediaries. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2015 Last revised: 5 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2015
Market liberalisation has fundamentally changed state interventions in the supply of services and supportive infrastructure across a range of public services. While this trend has been relatively well documented, there has been a dearth of research into the changing nature of state interventions in migration and mobility. Indeed the increasing presence of migration intermediaries to service the many and varied needs of migrant workers, particularly skilled migrants, remains significantly under-researched both theoretically and empirically. In providing an analysis of the location, role and changing nature of migration intermediaries, we highlight the implications of commercially-driven governance structures. In particular we suggest that the shift from government to network governance has important implications for skilled migration including: inequities in access to information regarding the process of migration and labour market integration; and, greater dependence on (largely unregulated) private intermediaries. Accordingly, we present empirical examples of migration intermediaries to illustrate their role and the relationship with and implications of their exchange with migrants.
Keywords: Network governance, Intermediaries, Skilled migration, Commercialisation
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