The Migration research group addresses central theoretical aspects of migration and transnationalism, and the ways in which these phenomena are connected with peace and conflict. We seek to understand migration processes, the transnational ties created after migration, and their consequences for individuals and societies. The changes caused by migration are interlinked with other forms of social change in conflict, post-conflict, and peaceful contexts.
Migration and transnationalism interact with situations of peace and conflict in a number of ways. Many migration flows are caused by armed conflict, diasporas may play a role in the perpetuation or resolution of conflicts, and finding solutions for refugee populations may be fundamental to establishing a lasting peace.
Migration and migrants' transnational ties may also be significant for peace and development in societies of origin. In many communities across the world, links with migrants abroad is a main aspect of global connectedness. In societies of settlement, too, immigration and transnationalism affect the ways in which peaceful coexistence is possible, and how identity and citizenship are negotiated and experienced.
Furthermore, migration pressures and security concerns have contributed to the militarization of migration control and the erosion of humanitarian principles. Migration research is not only concerned with the people who move but also with those who experience hardship because they are prevented from moving.