Khadeeja "Haddy" Sarr: Narratives of Identity, Multi-Sited Biographies, and Transnational Life-Modes of Highly Qualified Migrants. Senegambia Migrants in Switzerland and Swiss Migrants in Senegambia
PhD project, Center for African Studies Basel, Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie
Narratives of Identity, Multi-Sited Biographies, and Transnational Life-Modes of Highly Qualified Migrants. Senegambia Migrants in Switzerland and Swiss Migrants in Senegambia
The aim of the project is to understand how or to what extent tensions, emerging between different aspects of globalization, shape the experiences and activities of highly skilled/qualified migrants. The phenomenon of highly skilled migration is a significant part of today’s globalization. The movement creates the necessity for these actors to negotiate relationships across and within localities. Through their historically differently constituted life experiences both groups construct and reconstruct individual biographies away from the traditional setting of the nation-state through a constant negotiation of their allegiances and social belonging. Theirs are biographies “on the move” shaped by various forms of transnationalism that are experienced differently. Drawing from their personal accounts and biographies this study seek to enhance the understanding of life experiences and their transnational/local activities with a view to yielding insights that may be useful in understanding the web of social relationships which make up transnationalism. With African migrants being considered key actors contributing towards the development of their countries of origin through remittances, parts of this study will further explore how migrants take the decision to remit, for example, or stay away from their countries of origin in the face of accusations of brain-drain-waste.
This project entails two case studies
1.Swiss in Israel and Israelis in Switzerland (Hélène Oberlé)
2.Swiss in Senegambia and Senegambians in Switzerland