6. Migration and Development


Coordinator: Melissa Siegel

For a complete overview of all our research activities, publications and events, please visit the migration website at:  http://migration.merit.unu.edu.

The interdisciplinary Migration and Development research theme focuses on relations between receiving countries (immigration) and sending countries (emigration) and the dynamics of this relationship. This group specifically engages in research on the causes and consequences of migration (including both forced and unforced movements). While most research in the area is directed towards the determinants of emigration and the problems of integration faced by immigrants in receiving countries, research at UNU-MERIT emphasises that the economic and social effects of migration go both ways. This is not only the case in financial (remittances) and knowledge streams (brain circulation), but also in transferring and transforming individuals across borders. Modern communication and travel technologies play a pivotal role in keeping migrants and those left behind in touch with each other. These information-, knowledge-, financial- and human-flows have a decisive impact on the labour market, cultural exchange and integration, and the potential further migration behaviour (including circular migration) of migrants.

Much of the research of this group focuses on the effects of migration and migration related activities (such as remittances sending and knowledge transfers) on (human) development, including specific effects on those left behind or effects of return migration. Key research is done on migration for evidence based policy making as well as evaluations of actual programmes and policies related to migrants and refugees.

Research under this theme is often applied empirical work. The focus is often at the micro level, and both quantitative and qualitative methods are used as a mixed methods approach. The research on migration and development is strongly linked to other research themes such as poverty, social protection, public policy and economic growth.

1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy
6. Migration and Development
7. ICT-enabled Innovation and Societal Transformations
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics