The unprecedented movement of people seeking protection, opportunities to work and study, and the chance to connect with others poses significant challenges and opportunities. Migration can be understood as a strategy for countering human insecurities (both real and perceived) but is also associated with insecurities of its own: during the journey, in countries of settlement and for those left behind. The movement of people within and across boundaries also raises important questions of belonging, both formally in terms of access to rights and citizenship and informally in terms of whether individuals feel part of a broader collective identity, at the local, national and/or transnational levels.
Research in this group encompasses the social, political and economic dimensions of migration exploring both violence and poverty as drivers of migration, as well as relationships between people in the places to which migrants move (including actual and perceived conflicts over resources, identity, space) and the political and policy narratives with which migration is associated together with broader narratives of ‘displacement’ and ‘belonging’ which impact on the experiences of non-migrant groups who are positioned as ‘other’.
Drawing on the voices and perspectives of migrants themselves, our research explores the many and varied experiences of migration (within countries, between regions and across geographical boundaries) and the ways in which these experiences are conceptualised within - and shaped by – migration policies, laws and practices developed at local, regional, national and international levels.
The research undertaken by group members aims to better understand the complex processes with which migration is associated and to support policy makers, politicians, community representatives and migrants to work together in ways that enhance human security, well-being and belonging in the context of migration.
Our group brings together members with a broad range of experience in research, government, policy, advocacy and teaching in countries around the world. By better understanding the complex processes with which migration is associated, we are able to support policy makers, politicians, international organisations, NGOs, community representatives and migrants themselves to work together in ways that enhance wellbeing and belonging in the context of migration.