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“Dubai is a transit lounge”: Migration, temporariness and belonging among Pakistani middle-class migrants

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posted on 13.04.2021, 13:06 by Gennaro Errichiello, Line NyhagenLine Nyhagen
This article discusses relationships between temporariness and belonging among Pakistani middle-class migrants in Dubai. We explore reasons that push them to move to Dubai and how their professional position and temporary status affect their sense of belonging. Based upon unstructured interviews with 20 Pakistanis, our findings show that temporariness is problematized, but not explicitly contested, by the participants, who all expressed a strong sense of belonging to Dubai despite their lack of citizenship rights. We suggest that these findings relate to the participants’ ability to draw upon socio-economic resources and networks to enable further transnational mobility.

Funding

Loughborough University, UK

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Volume

30

Issue

2

Pages

119-142

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Scalabrini Migration Center

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

13/04/2021

Publication date

2021-05-12

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0117-1968

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Line Nyhagen. Deposit date: 13 April 2021