10:00-12:00, Friday, 14th December, 2018
Room No. 112, RIHE, Hiroshima University
Biographical-narratives of student-migrants in the UK and Japan:
Understanding dynamic agency in divergent states of the education-migration nexus
Thomas Brotherhood, Doctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University of Oxford, and JSPS pre-doctoral fellow at the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University
International flows of students and workers are fundamental features of higher education systems and the global economy. Accordingly, we have witnessed an increase in critical concern towards student-migrants, who exist at the intersection of these two systems: the “education-migration nexus.” To develop our understanding of this nexus, this study considers the perspectives and trajectories of graduating international students in two extreme case studies: the UK, undergoing a narrowing of its student-migration pathways; and Japan, in a process of “guarded liberalization.” Biographical narrative interviews provide new insight into the conditions of negotiating post-graduation migration options, and temporally sensitive evidence of student-migrants’ dynamic deployment of migrant agency in this process.
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