Global Migration Dynamics: Journey, Precariousness and Territory
The post-2010 migration crisis, characterized by numerous observers as the worst since the end of the Second World War, is an extremely pressing issue. Although far from new, this situation requires greater attention from scientists to help us understand the international context that is giving rise to emigration by people who face armed conflict, violent totalitarian regimes, environmental disasters or lack of economic opportunity.
Dr. Danièle Bélanger, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration Dynamics, structures her work around concepts of migratory territory, journey and precariousness. She proposes to address the urgent need for scientific knowledge on these international issues that have such relevance in today’s society.
Bélanger and her team will be carrying out innovative research projects to explore migration dynamics as a system connecting countries of origin, transit and destination. Their aim is to gain a better grasp of the complex territorial and transnational context surrounding migratory flows. They will analyze migrants’ journeys and what makes them so precarious, with a view to identifying and understanding the repercussions of migration policy on migrants and their families. Their work also seeks to explain how and why certain migratory routes and territories evolve.
Lastly, they hope to generate useful knowledge and insight to help public policy makers optimize the positive impacts of migration.
Ultimately, Bélanger’s research will provide an overview of migration dynamics as well as steps that can be taken to make migrants’ lives less precarious in many parts of the world.