A critical look at "safe migration"


Sverre Molland takes a critical look at two themes that have prominently structured humanitarian aid and funding: human trafficking and safe migration. He speaks about how one discourse increasingly gives way to the other, and what that might have to do with the politics of migration.

This interview was conducted by Jamie Coates.

The fieldwork photo is from the Lao-Thai border: Lao migrants are queuing up to attend their “post-arrival training session” which is part of Lao-Thai governments’ labour migration programmes. Part of the training includes safe migration awareness raising.

Want to know more about Sverre? Check out his website: www.sverremolland.com/about

Sverre Molland's book "Safe migration and the politics of brokered safety in Southeast Asia" (2021, Routledge) is available Open Access at Taylor & Francis. This is the link: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-mono/10.4324/9781003185734/safe-migration-politics-brokered-safety-southeast-asia-sverre-molland

This is the last episode of our second season and after a short break we will be back with new guests speaking about their research. We hope you will tune into Season 3.

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