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In or out? Using boundaries as a means to understand the economic integration of transnational migrants in regional economies.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ruth McAreaveyORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2019.

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This article uses data from Australia and Northern Ireland to examine migrants’ inclusion in non-metropolitan economies that have limited experience of migration. These places came to our attention in recent decades when the accelerated arrival of migrants presented challenges and opportunities within these so called New Immigration Destinations. We scrutinise migrants’ entry into, their participation in, and eventual mobility within, the labour market in these places. Contributing to the literature that challenges a linear concept of integration, social and symbolic boundaries are used to explore how migrants are included or excluded from rural and regional labour markets. We show how the state frames legal boundaries of inclusion and exclusion and how those boundaries are influenced and manipulated by a range of social actors, including private sector agents working within agri-food businesses. We find a misalignment between different scales of social boundaries. At a macro level, migrants may be included in the labour market while in reality they can be excluded through everyday interactions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McAreavey R, Krivokapic-Skoko B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociologia Ruralis

Year: 2019

Volume: 59

Pages: 329-349

Print publication date: 17/04/2019

Online publication date: 10/03/2019

Acceptance date: 25/02/2019

Date deposited: 25/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0038-0199

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9523

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/soru.12236


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