This paper builds on emerging literature around ‘middling transnationals’. Drawing on empirical research among skilled migrant Tamil workers in Singapore, the paper advances two propositions. It argues that there has been insufficient consideration of skilled migration in terms of national and racial hierarchies of opportunity, rights and conditions; and the literature on skilled transnationals has been too receiving country-centric. The paper will also consider the ways in which middling Tamil migrant workers maintain links with their home village and will argue that both social media and budget air travel have completely revolutionised transnational relations by enabling a real presence with their village.
|Title of host publication||Routledge handbook of Indian transnationalism|
|Editors||Ajaya K. Sahoo, Bandana Purkayastha|
|Place of Publication||London ; New York|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Velayutham, S. (2020). Middling Tamil migrants in Singapore and the translocal village. In A. K. Sahoo, & B. Purkayastha (Eds.), Routledge handbook of Indian transnationalism (pp. 227-237). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.