This book concentrates on the role of commercialized intermediary actors in migration. It seeks to understand how these actors shape migration and mobility patterns through the services they offer.

In addressing the role that migration industries play in migration, the book uses diverse examples such as labour market brokers and recruitment agencies from Eastern Europe to the United Kingdom; Latvian migration to Norway; super-rich lifestyle brokers; international students agents; the Global Mobility Industry for corporate expatriates; skilled migrant intermediaries; and those providing services to West African migrants coming to Europe or Indonesians leaving for Malaysia. Through these examples, the contributors examine the actors in migration industries, showing how they respond to and shape migration trends. They also consider how migration industries operate, manoeuvre and interact with government policy on migration management. Finally, the book looks at how migration industries enable certain forms of migration through enticement, facilitation and control, translating into specific migration trajectories and im/mobility.

Providing examples from across the world, this book analyses how charities, businesses, sub-contractors, informal recruitment agencies, and other actors help to shape migration processes, and it will be of interest to those studying not only the causes of migration, but also the migration process itself. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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New directions in exploring the migration industries
BySophie Cranston, Joris Schapendonk, Ernst Spaan

chapter |17 pages

Oiling the wheels? Flexible labour markets and the migration industry

ByDavid McCollum, Allan Findlay

chapter |17 pages

Facilitating labour migration from Latvia: strategies of various categories of intermediaries

ByOksana Žabko, Aadne Aasland, Sylvi Birgit Endresen

chapter |18 pages

Calculating the migration industries: knowing the successful expatriate in the Global Mobility Industry
BySophie Cranston

chapter |19 pages

Intermediaries and destination reputations: explaining flows of skilled migration

ByWilliam S. Harvey, Dimitria Groutsis, Diane van den Broek

chapter |17 pages

Navigating the migration industry: migrants moving through an African-European web of facilitation/control
ByJoris Schapendonk

chapter |16 pages

Migration decision-making and migration industry in the Indonesia–Malaysia corridor
ByErnst Spaan, Ton van Naerssen