Governing human migration and mobility

Once a second-order policy issue in most countries, migration has risen to the top of the political and policy agenda at all levels of government. The most pressing impacts of human migration are generally experienced in and around major cities in the form of increasing diversity, which local and municipal governments must factor into planning as they seek to make places more liveable. Managing cross-border migration is central to the sovereignty of nation-states, and the politics of migration now frequently drive electoral outcomes in both destination and origin countries. At the multilateral level, migration has long been called the ‘missing regime’, but recent years have seen rapid evolution towards more coherent forms of regional and global migration governance. These local, national, regional and global levels of migration and mobility governance intersect, creating a complex labyrinth of opportunity structures for people on the move. This research theme is concerned with studying the drivers, dynamics and impacts of the multilevel systems in place for governing human migration and mobility. A central element of our approach is to use mixed research methods, including developing innovative techniques for geospatially analyzing and visualizing multidimensional data on migration, mobility, diversity, and related policies and governance procedures.

Research lead

Professor Dharma Arunachalam