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‘We are not free here...’ – Palestinian IT students’ (im)mobile transition from university to employment or further education
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6012-3203
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0937-9163
2019 (English)In: Journal of Education and Work, ISSN 1363-9080, E-ISSN 1469-9435Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Palestinian information technology (IT) sector is growing. Meanwhile, an ongoing out-migration of IT professionals and graduates is taking place. Drawing on group, pair and individual interviews, as well as field- work observations, this paper investigates highly skilled IT students’ inten- tions to stay in or to leave the West Bank. In particular, it examines their transition from university to employment or further education, including professional opportunities and factors affecting migratory and stay deci- sions. This paper shows how physical, legal, bureaucratic, professional, educational, cultural and personal factors shape professional plans and career trajectories. Particular attention is paid to the Israeli occupation and gender expectations. The students’ mobility is facilitated by completed degrees and diplomas, acquired skills and scholarships, all of which are potential tools to overcome restrictions. However, this study reveals a clash between aspirations and reality, which often results in limited freedoms. We argue that a student’s relative (un)freedom contributes to (im)mobile transitions from university to employment or further educa- tion, where migration could be a way to obtain freedoms or to escape the lack thereof.

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2019.
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The West Bank; international student migration; information technology; (im) mobile transitions
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400562DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2019.1704705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400562DiVA, id: diva2:1381665
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