International Migration, Development and Human Wellbeing by Katie Wright

By Katie Wright

Katie Wright explores how human wellness is built and the way it 'travels' throughout spatial limitations. She attracts on empirical examine, undertaken with Peruvian migrants dependent in London and Madrid and their Peru-based family and shut associates to discover how human wellness is built and the way it 'travels' transnationally.

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A person may value ‘mobility’ (the functioning) but possession of a bicycle is not itself useful unless the person both has the ability to ride it and is also free to ride it. Having this capability (in this case to be able to access and ride a bicycle which permits travel) allows people to live the lives that they value and contributes to the person’s happiness or wellbeing (Alkire and Deneulin, 2009: 22). Human wellbeing analysis has important points of connection with work on capabilities, as human wellbeing theory has emerged out of the capabilities approach alongside other development theories such as that on sustainable livelihoods, Puttnam’s work on social capital, and theories on participation developed by Chambers (1992).

Adoption of a human wellbeing lens might also open up the possibility of refocusing attention not only on how ‘those left behind’ are ‘passively’ and indirectly affected by international Migrating for a Better Life? 31 migration processes (via, for example, receipt of remittances) but also on how they are active in this process. Through its interrogation of complex psychosocial processes, human wellbeing analysis has the potential, for example, to deepen understanding of the powerful social narratives that affect the decision to migrate and the meanings that are attached to the outcomes achieved via this strategy.

Legislation in the UK has also limited family resettlement to inclusion of minors. In terms of non-documented migrants, access to state benefits was severely restricted in the UK in the 1990s (González Rodríguez, 2005: 290). By contrast, in Spain since 2000 undocumented migrants have enjoyed full access to health services, rights to education and to basic social services. From 2001 Spain signed various agreements on labour flows and cooperation for migration with countries such as Peru (Escrivá, 2003a), and Peruvians have also been one of the main beneficiaries of a series of amnesties including that of 2005.

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