9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Middle-class Migrations Building II, C2.05

Transnational lifestyles of high and low skilled migrants and their families in Luxembourg

International migration has developed unknown dynamics in the past decades. Not only have the flows and ways of international migrants changed though immense developments in technology and transportation but there is also a rising acknowledgment about new ways of dealing and reflecting the migration experience. Today these developments are described by the concept transmigration which has to be designed as a way of life in transnational and pluri-local social spaces. On the individual level transmigration has to be analyzed with regard to following dimensions: mobility, lifestyle organization, social networking (instrumental strategy), the transfer of goods, artefacts etc., identity and its possible ambivalences. The pluri-local character of transmigration is stable and allows those involved to organize their life trajectories and biographies along different nation states and variable social contexts.
As work is one main motive for migration and the organization of transnational social networks, it is one starting point for transmigration research. Worldwide the gaps between rich and poor, between high and low skilled migrations widen and the impact of work rises. For highly skilled migrants transmigration refers to the so called globalization winner's, for low skilled migrants transmigration is always detached to poor and disadvantaged social groups with low resources. Therefore the conditions and outcomes of transmigration processes of those in high and low social positions are of much interest, especially as they refer to divergent ways and resources of lifestyle organisation.
After giving a short introduction to the concept of transmigration we want to focus on its connections to the theoretical framework of transnational social spaces. Following we want to concentrate towards transmigration in Luxembourg. We are mainly oriented towards two questions. The first is why migrants and their families decide to live this transitory and nomadic transnational life, even more so considering their qualification levels. Secondly, how do these transmigrants organize their life and lifestyles as they move between different societies?