What about conflict drives some people to move, while others stay behind? Proposed session for the Annual Meeting of American Geographers 2022, on the geographies of migration during conflict and the dynamics of migration-decision making in conflict settings.
Recent years have seen a rise in the numbers of both internally displaced people and of internationally recognized refugees. Many people across conflict settings do not migrate, and those who do, mainly remain close to the places they left, either within their country of origin or in neighouring countries.
- What about conflict (forms, intensity, proximity) drives some people to move, while others stay behind?
- When in a cycle of conflict does migration occur (timing), and to what extent and how are these cumulative processes, where ‘tipping points’ may be identified?
- How can experiences of violence be disaggregated in order to shed light on migration-decision dynamics in conflict settings?
- Where do people go, and why there, when they do decide to leave a conflict-affected area? And how do networks and resources matter differently or similarly to in non-conflict-affected areas?
- Which migration journeys are undertaken out of (and back into) conflict-affected areas, and how do these relate to the cycle of conflict and levels of violence there?
- How can subjectively experienced fear and insecurity be meaningfully linked with objective measures of violence in conflict settings, to better understand mobility/immobility dynamics?
- How can temporal dimensions of migration during conflict, such as protracted displacement with multiple mobility instances, be better integrated into knowledge production?
Please send your abstract by 10 October 2021 to to Maisie Fitzmaurice (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would like to encourage post-graduate students and Doctoral Researchers to consider submitting an abstract.