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Onward Precarity, Mobility and Migration among Latin Americans in London

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Cathy McIlwaine, Diego Bunge

Original languageEnglish
Article number51:2
Pages (from-to)601-619
Number of pages18
JournalAntipode: a radical journal of geography
Issue number2
Early online date19 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

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Contributing to debates around the relationships between precarity, mobilities and migration, this paper examines the nature of precarity among onward Latin American (OLAs) migrants as they have moved transnationally to multiple destinations from their homelands to southern Europe and onwards to London across different time periods. Drawing on primary research with over 400 OLAs, the discussion highlights how precarity maps onto onward migration trajectories in fractal rather than linear ways. In moving beyond a continuum approach to labour exploitation, the paper develops the concept of “onward precarity” to capture how migrants negotiate intersecting vulnerabilities in holistic spatio-temporal ways as they move through different structural contexts across the world from origin, through transition to their final destination country over time. These negotiations are underpinned by multiple agentic tactics that revolve around resilience and reworking strategies as onward migrants traverse wider structures of disadvantage in situ and through mobility in different places.

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