Transforming the Politics of Mobility and Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand

Transforming the Politics of Mobility and Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Jessica Terruhn & Shemana Cassim

Anthem Series on Global Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region

Transforming the Politics of Mobility and Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand is a future-focused book that formulates alternative paradigms timely and necessary for a just and ethical politics of mobility and migration in Aotearoa New Zealand. Examining a variety of topics, the book addresses the challenges of structural discrimination, integration and migrant rights framed within larger regional and global concerns.

Hardback, 250 Pages


April 2023

£80.00, $125.00

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About This Book

Transforming the Politics of Mobility and Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand is an edited collection that explores avenues for transformational epistemologies and practices leading to a more just and ethical politics of mobility and migration. At a time of heightened securitization, rise in anti-immigrant sentiment and populism as well as increasingly exclusionary migration regimes internationally, this book presents a timely intervention. It takes a national case-based approach, focusing on Aotearoa New Zealand, where, over the past two decades, migration policy settings have created a raft of inequities and differential rights between citizens, non- and sub-citizens as well as among immigrants. The Covid-19 pandemic response has both exposed and exacerbated these issues, providing an opportune moment to appraise current policy settings and encourage transformative change.

The collection brings together leading and early career scholars, whose chapters are based on original state of the art research, and insights from practitioners in the migration sector who advocate for migrant rights. The contributors to the book critically analyse how migration management regimes (re-)produce inequities and precarities for and within migrant populations as a starting point for formulating alternative paradigms for the politics of mobility and migration. Collectively, the contributions seek to combine discussions of macro-level political processes with empirically rich insights into the intersections between migration regimes and migrant lives, aspirations and capabilities.

The multidisciplinary contributions to each part engage with the book’s central remit from particular angles (including research on a range of particular migrant populations), lending both breadth and depth to the discussion. While focused on Aotearoa New Zealand, all authors consider their insights in relation to international developments, especially in the Asia Pacific region, settler societies and other Western nations.

The collection aims to advance conceptual knowledge in migration studies and fills a gap in the sparse literature on the politics of migration in Aotearoa New Zealand. While theoretically engaged and of value to the research community, the book also follows recent calls to better communicate the complexities of migration to the public and policy makers with accessible chapters that address a range of issues that will speak to a wide audience.


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Author Information

Jessica Terruhn is a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her research expertise lies at the intersections of urban studies and racism, migration and settler colonialism.

Shemana Cassim is a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has an interest in how socio-cultural and historical contexts and societal structures influence the everyday lives of migrant and/or Indigenous groups.


Anthem Series on Global Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region

Table of Contents

Introduction (Jessica Terruhn and Shemana Cassim); Part 1. Dividends and Pathways Reconfigured; 1. Hierarchies of Privilege in Mobility and Migration (Jessica Terruhn); 2. Relational Ethics and the Transformation of Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand (Francis Collins); 3. Studying Abroad in a Pandemic: The Impacts of COVID-19 on the International Student Journey (Erin Stieler); 4. Becoming a New Zealand Citizen: Refugee Rights and Everyday Experiences of Belonging (Amber Kale); Commentary: Migrant Lives Matter – a Call to End Precarity and Exploitation (Anu Kaloti); Part 2. Transnational Migrant Lives and Regimes of Im/mobilities; 5. Trans-Tasman Mobilities in and through Aotearoa New Zealand: Extending Family, Home, and Work across the Tasman (Ruth Faleolo); 6. Migrants for All Seasons? Border Closures and the Flows of RSE Seasonal Workers (Charlotte Bedford, Richard Bedford and Heather Nunns); 7. Family Separation under Aotearoa New Zealand’s Contemporary Family Immigration Policy – the Case of Immigrant Families from the People’s Republic of China (Liangni Sally Liu and Gunyu Jason Ran); 8. Off the Team: Post-Lockdown Attitudes toward Returning Residents (Nicole Pepperell AND Duncan Law); Commentary: Covid-19 – the Big Immigration Reset? (Katy Armstrong); Part 3. Rethinking Migrant Rights, Belonging and Inclusion; 9. The Changing Contours of Migrant Political Participation, Activism and Solidarities in Aotearoa New Zealand (Ayca Arkilic and Julija Sardelić); 10. If Social Cohesion Is the Answer, What Was the Question? Policy Options for Aotearoa New Zealand (Paul Spoonley and Cameron Dickie); 11. Building Enduring Relationships for a Shared Sense of Belonging: Culturally Derived Bonds between Muslim Migrants and Māori (Shemana Cassim, Jennifer Khan-Janif and Nuke Martiarini); 12. Colonial and Bicultural National Narratives: Implications for Immigration and Foreign Policy Decision Making in Aotearoa New Zealand (Arama Rata); Commentary: Weaving Indigenous Values to Strengthen Intergenerational Resilience in Refugee and Migrant Populations (Jennifer Khan-Janif); Interview: A National Action Plan against Racism for Aotearoa New Zealand: An Interview with Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon; Conclusion (Shemana Cassim and Jessica Terruhn).


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