Migration and Labour under Neoliberal Globalization

Raúl Delgado Wise

in Migration, Precarity, and Global Governance

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780198728863
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191795824 | DOI:
Migration and Labour under Neoliberal Globalization

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Migration and the concomitant labour questions are key aspects of the global political economy. But the nature of contemporary capitalism has been inaccurately represented and distorted by an apologetic notion of globalization. Most contemporary studies exhibit a faith in a supposedly free and self-regulating market as a route to achieving a just and equitable society. Departing from a North–South perspective the chapter links the re-launching of policies of global labour force management in search of cheap and flexible labour to growing asymmetries among and within countries and regions. It argues that international migration is contingent on deepening social inequalities and the segmentation and precarization of labour markets. In the age of neoliberalism, international migration and forced labour form a predominant modality of human mobility under conditions of extreme vulnerability.

Keywords: international migration; capitalism; neoliberalism; globalization; precarization; unfree labour; forced labour; global labour force management

Chapter.  8210 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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