Thompson, M (2020) Mental mapping and multinational migrations: a geographical imaginations approach. Geographical Research. ISSN 0004-9190

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Researching migration decision-making raises certain methodological issues due to complexity of these practices and the diversity of possibilities that exist for aspiring migrants. Migrants are increasingly engaging in multiple migrations, moving between various locations in three or more international destinations. Particularly within Asia, where short-term temporary contracts are increasingly the norm for labour migrants, it becomes counter-productive to analyse migration decision-making as a movement from one place to another. Based on research undertaken in Metro Manila, the Philippines, with 48 Filipino nurses, this paper addresses the question of how to research the multinational migration pathways that structure migration goals and aspirations through demonstrating the benefits and practicalities of mental mapping, a participatory visual method. By exploring the geographical imaginations of migrants and aspiring migrants, multinational pathways are shown to be planned for at the earliest stage of migration. Overall, it proposes that we consider multiple migrations in more multi-directional and messy terms.

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Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Mental mapping and multinational migrations: a geographical imaginations approach, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. © 2020 The Author. Geographical Research published by John Wiley & Sons This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Migration; Migration decision-making; geographical imaginations; mental maps; multinational migration; the Philippines
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography > GF31 Human Geography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 08:13
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 14:50

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