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Bisaso, Denis, 2020. Migration in the Name of the Money : male and Female Migratory Experience of Rural Youth from Uganda to the Gulfs. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Labour migration is a growing phenomenon around the globe, and it is rather self-evident that people move to achieve better life conditions or flee adverse circumstances. Significant in this growth is the mobile continent, Africa having substantial numbers of its people on the move.
This study aims to explore the social, economic and cultural characteristics of male and female migratory experience of rural youth from Uganda into Gulf countries. For this aim, the following research questions have been developed:
What are the main motives and objectives behind labour migration for men and women
from rural Uganda to the Gulf countries?
 Which processes did Ugandan rural male and female youth go through to get employment
in the Gulf countries?
 How did guest workers experience the living and working conditions in the Gulf countries?
 How do migrants evaluate their time in the Gulf in relation to themselves and others?
This study was operationalized in Nakaseke, a rural district located in central parts of Uganda. Semistructured interviews with former guest workers in the Gulfs are the primary empirical basis for this
Participants in this study moved for economic reasons and experienced positive economic
achievement as a result of their work in the Gulfs. The emotional, bureaucratic and financial
facilitation from family and brokers is essential, but at times contributes to the vulnerability in the
migration process, according to the empirical findings. Racial discrimination, social-, cultural
isolation and poor working conditions were significant characteristics of the informants’
experiences. These experiences partly differed depending on gender. Despite these experiences,
participants generally viewed their migration as a positive achievement due to economic progress.
The world system theory, the new labour migration theory and Neo-classical economic together
with push/pull factor approach, has been the theoretical framework of this study. A gender
perspective has been consistently considered throughout the study.

Main title:Migration in the Name of the Money
Subtitle:male and Female Migratory Experience of Rural Youth from Uganda to the Gulfs
Authors:Bisaso, Denis
Supervisor:Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
Examiner:Bergman Lodin, Johanna and Beckman, Malin
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:labour migration, feminized migration, gendered migration, Uganda, migration to the Gulf countries
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Rural population
Deposited On:02 Jul 2020 08:03
Metadata Last Modified:03 Jul 2020 01:00

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