Migration Happens

Novara Band 6 – Migration Happens.

Reasons, Effects and Opportunities of Migration in the South Pacific.

Migration is a global phenomenon that did not just emerge in the 21st century. It is perceived by many as a constant source of problems and threats. This notion is propagated by politicians, among others, who use migrants for to further their own political ideologies. Due to economic and security developments globally, migration is beset by increasing ethnical conflicts and restrictive immigration policies. This in turn creates heightened difficulties for migrants. But it also generates new life situations, shapes lives and reshapes identities. The region of the South-Pacific is no exception. Considering conflicts in recent years, the issue of migration in this area exemplifies the contestation over migration.

This book provides an overview on migration issues in the South-Pacific. Issues such as gender, the historical aspects and the history of migration in the Pacific, migration and conflicts, challenges of second generation migrants as well as the situation of Indians after the coup in Fiji are addressed in this volume of the NOVARA- Contributions of Research in the Pacific.


  1. Preface
  2. Parvati Raghuram – Dis/Placing Migration Theories.
  3. Grant McCall – Migration in Oceania: A Quick Overview of the Settlement and Continuing Occupation of an Acquatic Continent.
  4. John Connell and Carmen Voigt-Graf – Towards Autonomy? Gendered Migration in Pacific Island Countries.
  5. Hermann Mückler – Unwanted Neighbours: Implications, Burdens and the Instrumentalization of Migration: relations between American Samoa and the Republic of Samoa.
  6. Deborah Gough – Mobility, Tradition and Adaptation: Samoa’s Comparative Advantage in the Global Market Place.
  7. Cluny Macpherson – Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand: From Sojourn to Settlement.
  8. Richard Bedford and Elsie Ho – New Zealand: A Country of Immigration and Emigration.
  9. Manoranjan Mohanty, Mahendra Reddy, Vijay Naidu – International Migration, Human Capital Loss and Development in the South Pacific: The Case of Fiji.
  10. Deborah Oxley – Peopling the Pacific with Prisoners: The transportation of women to Australia.
  11. Abstracts
  12. List of contributors
  13. Index of Maps