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European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements

Mobility Capital and the Transnationalisation of Resources


  • This open access book highlights the relevance of various types of cross-border movements in the post-migration lives of women and men of Somali origin

  • Brings together conceptual insights from the migration studies and the mobilities studies to understand migrants' biographies

  • Contributes to an emerging field that aims to trans-nationalize theories of social inequalities

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Joëlle Moret
    Pages 1-50Open Access
  3. Typologising Cross-Border Movements in Post-Migration Life

    • Joëlle Moret
    Pages 51-97Open Access
  4. Mobility: A Practice or a Capital?

    • Joëlle Moret
    Pages 99-138Open Access
  5. Transnationalising Resources: Three Biographies

    • Joëlle Moret
    Pages 139-188Open Access
  6. Conclusion

    • Joëlle Moret
    Pages 189-213Open Access

About this book

Based on a qualitative study on migrants of Somali origin who have settled in Europe for at least a decade, this open access book offers a ground-breaking exploration of the idea of mobility, both empirically and theoretically. It draws a comprehensive typology of the varied “post-migration mobility practices” developed by these migrants from their country of residence after having settled there. It argues that cross-border mobility may, under certain conditions, become a form of capital that can be employed to pursue advantages in transnational social fields. 
Anchored in rich empirical data, the book constitutes an innovative and successful attempt at theoretically linking the emerging field of “mobilities studies” with studies of migration, transnationalism and integration. It emphasises how the ability to be mobile may become a significant marker of social differentiation, alongside other social hierarchies. The “mobility capital” accumulated by some migrants is the cornerstone of strategies intended to negotiate inconsistent social positions in transnational social fields, challenging sedentarist and state-centred visions of social inequality. The migrants in the study are able to diversify the geographic and social fields in which they accumulate and circulate resources, and to benefit from this circulation by reinvesting them where they can best be valorised.
The study sheds a different light on migrants who are often considered passive or problematic migrants/refugees in Europe, and demonstrates that mobility capital is not the prerogative of highly qualified elites: less privileged migrants also circulate in a globalised world, benefiting from being embedded in transnational social fields and from mobility practices over which they have gained some control.


  • Mobility capital
  • Post-migration mobility practices
  • Transnationalisation of social inequalities
  • Cross-border movements
  • Somali migrants

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laboratory for Study of Social Processes, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Joëlle Moret

About the author

Joëlle Moret is currently a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Laboratory of Transnational Studies and Social Processes, at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her teaching focuses on culture and ethnicity, migration studies, and transnationalism. Her current research interest is on cross-border marriages in Switzerland, Turkey, Kosovo and Sri Lanka, using a multi-sited methodology. She has worked and published on migration trajectories, mobility, transnational practices, gender, boundary-making and ethnicity. Previous employments include research at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (University of Neuchâtel) and teaching at the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland. In 2012 and 2013, she was a visiting doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, in Göttingen (Germany).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements

  • Book Subtitle: Mobility Capital and the Transnationalisation of Resources

  • Authors: Joëlle Moret

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-95659-6Published: 28 September 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-07079-3Published: 29 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-95660-2Published: 19 September 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 213

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Social Structure, Anthropology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)