The Globetrotting Migrant: Aspirations for Transnational Mobility



Gomes provides a compelling narrative of the aspirations for further transnational mobility expressed by transient migrants in Australia and in Singapore. This chapter describes how transient migrants see themselves as living and working in the big cities of Europe, North America and Asia and the steps they take in order to achieve this such as bettering their English-language skills. Here transient migrants see themselves as global citizens and the English language as the global language for transnational transience. While there are transient migrants who would like to stay in their host nations as permanent residents, they are not concerned too much if their lives do not take this direction. At the same time, this chapter notes that transient migrants would eventually like to return to the home nation in their latter and retirement years and find communication technology vital for them when connecting back to family and friends there in the meantime. This chapter ends with a section on the implications of the research on policy and practice.


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