In this essay I collapse and redefine our common notions of migrant and migration. I do this by exploring the different ways I epistemologically, existentially, relationally, spiritually, and pedagogically embody migration, and why I choose to identify as a migrant rather than an immigrant. Migration speaks to the fact that life evolves and flourishes through migration, that is, through the constant creation of new meanings, new narratives, and new experiences. Migration is what life demands of us. Destinations are nothing but illusions and delusions. Migration puts us in harmony with a world that is always moving and gyrating. It reminds us that the book of life has no final chapter.
No Going Home: From Immigrant to Migrant
Amardo Rodriguez is Professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. Correspondence to: Amardo Rodriguez, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University, 200 Crouse College, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Amardo Rodriguez; No Going Home: From Immigrant to Migrant. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2019; 8 (1): 88–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.1.88
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