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Arrival cities and the mobility of concepts

Wilson, Helen F

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The status of any arrival city is far from stable, being continuously reworked by state policy, geopolitics, economic fluctuations or localised events that rupture or destabilise what came before. The diversifications and differential inclusions that are examined in this special issue attest to the complexities of arrival cities, where the very nature of ‘arrival’ is open to interpretation and subject to diverse temporal experiences and migration regimes. By approaching the concept of ‘arrival city’ as a heuristic and moving between the literal and figurative realms of mobility, I draw out some of the core contributions of Migrant-led Diversification and Differential Inclusion in Arrival Cities Across Asia-Pacific. This includes: the notion of arrival; temporal geographies and the experience of transience and non-linearity; and the geographies of intimacy and encounter.


Wilson, H. F. (2022). Arrival cities and the mobility of concepts. Urban Studies, 59(16), 3459-3468.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2022
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 20, 2022
Journal Urban Studies
Print ISSN 0042-0980
Electronic ISSN 1360-063X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Issue 16
Pages 3459-3468
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