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Mobility and Immobility in a Transnational Context: Changing Views of Migration among the Kazakh Diaspora in Mongolia


  • Cynthia Werner

    () (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, TX, US.)

  • Holly R. Barcus

    () (Geography Department, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN, US.)


Inquiry into the causes and outcomes of transnational migration spans numerous disciplines, scales and methodological approaches. Fewer studies focus on immobility. Utilizing the Kazakh popula-tion of Mongolia as a case study, this paper considers how non-migrants view the economic and cultural costs of migrating. We posit that three factors, including local place attachments specific to Mongolia, access to information about life in Kazakhstan and the importance of maintaining social networks in Mongolia, contribute substantially to their decision to not migrate. Our findings suggest that the decision to not migrate can be very strategic for non-migrants in highly transnational contexts.

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  • Cynthia Werner & Holly R. Barcus, 2009. "Mobility and Immobility in a Transnational Context: Changing Views of Migration among the Kazakh Diaspora in Mongolia," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 6(1), pages 49-62, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:6:y:2009:i:1:p:49-62

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    1. John Connell, 2000. "Migration and remittances in island microstates: a comparative perspective on the South Pacific and the Caribbean," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(1), pages 52-78, March.
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