BIGD Seminar on Migration
Current approaches adressing migration unsatisfactory and inadequate,
says Prof. Hasan Mahmud
Recognizing current approaches of migration unsatisfactory and inadequate, says Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, in a seminar organised by BIGD at the Conference Room on December 29, 2015. Dr. Mahmud showed a critical realist approach in this regard, while making a presentation titled Why Do Migrants Send Remittances? A Sociological Explanation in the seminar.
In his presentation, Dr. Mahmud explained social science discourses on migration and development that emphasize migrants' altruism or self interest as the determinants of their remitting practices, which is countered by alternative explanations focusing on social culture and structure. Recognizing current approaches unsatisfactory and inadequate, he showed a critical realist approach. His study begins with the empirical manifestations of migrants' remitting practices, but looks at deeper levels of social reality (the actual and the real) in identifying the determinants. It investigates remitting practices among Bangladeshi migrants in Tokyo and Los Angeles. While confirming the centrality of migrant family in remitting practices in the New Economics of Labor Migration (NELM) perspective, it goes beyond by including how internal family relations and external social relations collectively determine migrants' remitting, he shared. Dr. Mahmud also said, the study would advance the existing knowledge of migrants' remitting by incorporating both migrants' agency and social structures embedding remitting practices.
The presentation was followed by a question answer session. Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD introduced the presenter with participants and Md. Harun Or Rashid, Research Associate and Seminar Coordinator of BIGD moderated the Seminar.