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Sport and migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Joseph Maguire

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm513

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Maguire, J. 2013. Sport and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


To migrate as part of the global sports process is portrayed as something to celebrate, reflecting an individual's right to move, or viewed in unproblematic terms. However, sports migration is bound up in a sports-industrial complex that is itself embedded in a series of power struggles that characterize the global sports system. Migration is marked by networks involving athletes, owners, administrators, agents, officials, and media personnel. These interdependencies are multilayered and incorporate not only economic, but also political, historical, geographic, social, and cultural factors. Thus, in seeking to explain global labor migration, a broad approach involving an examination of wider societal processes is required (Maguire & Falcous 2010). Questions concerning broader issues such as globalization, national identity, and intercultural communication – but also more specific matters relating to, for example, “talent pipelines,” stereotyping, and the ascribing of qualities to athletes from different countries, racial, ethnic, and gender groups – are also part of the migration process (Agergaard 2008).


  • cross-cultural;
  • immigration;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • racism