Misreading Mobility?: Bureaucratic Politics and Blindness in UN Migration Reports

Development and Change, Vol. 48(5), Forthcoming

UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-23

22 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017

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Loren Landau

University of the Witwatersrand

Tendayi Achiume

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: August 8, 2017

Abstract

2015 marked a dramatic shift in global discourse on international migration. This article is a qualitative, socio-legal interrogation of two highly influential migration reports produced by the United Nations in that year: the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Population Division’s International Migration Report 2015 and the United Nation’s Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Global Trends 2015. This article takes as a starting point that political actions, decisions and ‘objectivity’ flow from cognitive schema shaped in part by the kind of numbers and analysis these reports include. In this light, it considers the strengths and weaknesses of these reports, and their potential for shaping policy and policy responses to human mobility.

Keywords: International Migration, Analysis of Migration Reports Produced by the UN in 2015

Suggested Citation

Landau, Loren and Achiume, Tendayi, Misreading Mobility?: Bureaucratic Politics and Blindness in UN Migration Reports (August 8, 2017). Development and Change, Vol. 48(5), Forthcoming ; UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3014855

Loren Landau

University of the Witwatersrand ( email )

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
2000
South Africa

Tendayi Achiume (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

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