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Maria Obonaga

 Maria Obonaga

Email: m.f.quinteroobonaga@qmul.ac.uk

email:  m.f.quinteroobonaga@qmul.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8570
Location: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.23

(Joint Student with School of Law)

1st Supervisor: Professor Geraldine Healy
2nd Supervisor: Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas

Project Title: Migration and Labour Market integration if highly skilled Colombians in Britain

Project Description: Despite tighter immigration controls, the number of Colombians in Britain has been growing during the last 30 years. Although they are not the most numerous migrant group from Latin America, they certainly are the best established Latin American community. Authors such as Guarnizo, McIlwaine, Bermúdez and Cock have made important contributions to the literature by explaining not only why Latin Americans, and in particular Colombians, have decided to move to the UK, but also the different dynamics of interaction of Colombians amongst themselves and of integration within the host country. However, what has been so far neglected in existing research is how the process of adaptation and integration to society and the labour market has been different for highly qualified migrants, how different are the emerging patterns for highly educated families, what are the gender differences and similarities among highly educated migrants, and what has been the impact of the changes in immigration law along the years. I hope therefore to close the existing gap in the literature by giving attention to the study of relatively long term Colombian residents in Britain who have implemented a number of migratory strategies to remain in the country and to participate in the labour market. Many of them will surely have successful stories to tell which will therefore allow me to go beyond prevailing focus of Colombian migrants in low paid jobs. 

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