Within international labour migration, received wisdom holds that the migration-development and migration-security couplings co-exist in discord. The migration-development-security relationship is perceived to swing like a pendulum. In this article I reject the simple pendulum formulation which suggests security stands at odds with development. I examine the ways in which migration controls occur through and reproduce racialised global capitalism. Capitalist development and security work together to undermine the resistance struggles of those designated migrant labour. Students of labour migration must refuse the game of balance and instead entrench our analytical efforts within the creative self-activities of ordinary working people.

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Keywords development, global capitalism, racialisation, security, Temporary labour migration
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1216783
Journal Third World Quarterly
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Smith, A.A. (2016). Migration, development and security within racialised global capitalism: refusing the balance game. Third World Quarterly, 37(11), 2119–2138. doi:10.1080/01436597.2016.1216783