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Covid-19 Insecurities and Migration Aspirations

Simon, Miranda and Schwartz, Cassilde and Hudson, David (2022) 'Covid-19 Insecurities and Migration Aspirations.' International Interactions, 48 (2). pp. 309-326. ISSN 0305-0629

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Abstract

Using an original survey, this paper examines how pandemic-driven insec- urities have affected aspirations to migrate internationally among youth in The Gambia. We find that individuals perceive wide inequalities between their government’s performance and the speed of Covid-19 recovery abroad. However, superior recovery abroad does not have significant effects on aspira- tions to migrate. Individual and local sources of security are more important: Individuals who were able to maintain their jobs throughout the pandemic are less likely to aspire to move abroad. The insecurity of Covid-19 job loss may be compensated by confidence in one’s government’s ability to tackle the pandemic. This suggests that, in the context of an event that has upen- ded people’s lives, would-be migrants who managed to maintain a source of stability may seek comfort in familiar contexts; even if they appear worse than alternatives abroad.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: International migration; development; Africa
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 16:40
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 15:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31331

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