Middling Tamil migrants in Singapore and the translocal village

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of Indian transnationalism
EditorsAjaya K. Sahoo, Bandana Purkayastha
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315109381
ISBN (Print)9781138089143
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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