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Ongoing Mobility Trajectories

Lived Experiences of Global Migration


  • Conceptualises Australia as a site within global migration pathways

  • Provides a complex analysis of rich migrant narratives

  • Expands beyond labour-centered constructions of skilled migration


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Trajectories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 3-27
  3. Practices and Connections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 87-109
    3. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 111-137
    4. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 139-168
  4. Stories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 171-193
    3. Rosie Roberts
      Pages 195-207

About this book


This book explores the complex category of the ‘skilled migrant,’ drawing on multi-sited narrative interviews with migrants who have all lived in Australia at some point in their lives (as an origin and/or destination). Developing the more nuanced concept of the ‘mobile settler’, it shows how becoming a skilled migrant is not just a political and economic determination of knowledge and human capital but a complex negotiation of contexts – immigration contexts, social locations, qualifications and skills, as well as personal ties. Belying the simple binaries of official visa categories, these diverse contexts of migrant experience are central to the ways migrants construct their personal histories and negotiate their shifting attachments to home and belonging over time and space. By highlighting how migrants imagine their own complex social, cultural, national, professional and linguistic identities and pathways, this book extends the agent-centred approaches to global mobility and transnationalism that have emerged in cultural studies and social and cultural geography in recent years, according greater recognition to the individualised, local and lived experiences of global migration and thus engaging more deeply with global concerns about increased mobility and the challenges it represents.


Skilled migration Skilled migration in Australia Belonging in Australia Migrant storytelling Home and belonging in Australia Home and belonging for Australian migrants Transnational migration and work status Translocal migration Migration and identity Geographies of migration and mobility Narrative inquiry into migration Narratives of Australian migration Diverse migrant pathways Life cycle migration narratives Agent-centred approaches to global migration Migrant experience in Adelaide Frequent migrant relocation Mobile migrants Narrating migrant identity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Creative IndustriesUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Rosie Roberts is a teacher and cultural researcher in the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. Using processes of life storytelling and narrative inquiry, her work focuses on transnational mobilities into and out of Australia and the lived experiences of migrants as they negotiate embodied, material and imaginative forms of re-settlement and belonging. Her research also explores the ways migrants use tactics to negotiate risk under the spatial and temporal conditions of visa categories, which often produce multi-stage and ongoing migration trajectories (i.e. as people move within and between categories such as humanitarian entrant, international students, temporary labour migrant, working holiday maker and family migrant).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ongoing Mobility Trajectories
  • Book Subtitle Lived Experiences of Global Migration
  • Authors Rosie Roberts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3163-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3164-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Cultural Studies
    Human Geography
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