Development organisations cherish a mental image of happy peasants, tilling fields or resting of an evening in a flourishing village with schools, water and the like. I think many people in development therefore see migration as a failure – the talk is all about people forced to migrate, rather than choosing to. At least that point of view is reinforced by European history (think of the forced and miserable emigration of the Irish famine), but makes even less sense for New Worlders in countries built on migration.
–Duncan Green, “Why is Migration a Cinderella Issue for Development?”
Connection between ‘forced’ migration discourse and resistance to viewing migration as part of development? Methinks so. Reason # 13,367,081 why rhetoric and conceptualisation matters,
(forced) migration folks everyone.