Risk management strategies of young Bangladeshi migrant men in Malaysia and South Africa

Momen, Lamea (2017) Risk management strategies of young Bangladeshi migrant men in Malaysia and South Africa. Journal of International Affairs, 21 (1&2). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1027-9040

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Abstract

Bangladeshi youths’ decision of risk-taking in migration is shaped by their perceptions of better life opportunities. They resort to different strategies to manage the risks involved in the migration process, starting from the journey to finding a job and to sustaining them in the destination countries. These include networks of relationships, access to information, migrants’ perceived control and agency in their migration journey and importantly, faith on the mercy of Allah. This paper is based on interviews with six young Bangladeshi migrant men in Malaysia and South Africa and is situated within the wider literature on risk-taking. Deploying a constructionist approach, it argues that young Bangladeshi migrants’ risk management strategies are influenced by their perceptions of risk and risk-taking in migration which are subjective, culturally informed and often embedded in context-specific practices and interests.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper is based on the author’s MA Dissertation which was submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree MA Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.
Keywords: Risk-taking in migration, young migrants, risk management strategies, Bangladeshi migrants, Malaysia, South Africa
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
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Depositing User: Lamea Momen
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 11:08
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82618

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