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The University of Southampton

"Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family." Ban Ki-moon

Migration – the movement of persons, with the associated flows of objects, practices and ideas, within and across territorial boundaries, conditioned by their capacities for mobility – is arguably the defining feature of contemporary society. As part of broader global processes of social transformation migration is shaped by, and in turn shapes, economic, political, socio-cultural, demographic and spatial processes and events. Refugee flows, climate-induced displacements, diaspora development, multiculturalism, integration, knowledge networks, ‘global care chains’ and gendered remittances are only a few examples through which the global migration is translated and made concrete at the local scale. Our research seeks to understand and act upon those complex moves and their implications for individuals and societies at large.

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