About Us


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 emphasizes 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.

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