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Migration & Membership

The movement of people within and across polities is a pervasive feature of contemporary political life. Some of these movements are largely unremarked, others provide sites of moral panic and contending political rhetoric; all of them contribute to profound social and cultural changes and often demand new policies. The drivers of migration can be diverse, ranging from climatic change and political persecution to family links and economic opportunities, and involve complex empirical questions concerning how these drivers interact with different institutions and policies as well as normative questions concerning how we govern the movement of people in different contexts of governance.

What accounts for these differences across countries and regions? How are governments and societies at both ends of the migration journey responding to increasing human mobility? Is the nation-based notion of citizenship obsolete? What mobility and membership rights should migrants and other displaced persons be entitled to? Given that people on the move can maintain multiple engagements today, what are the implications for political participation, immigrant integration in host societies, and the definition of national identity? And how do migration, membership and movement intersect with issues of democratic stability, global justice and transnational governance? How should we respond to such migrations? Regulated by formal membership rules and mobility rights, the movement of people is patterned by, for example, prior histories of migration, public policies and labour markets. It gives rise to new forms of identity, community and social networks that can, in turn, support economic and cultural relationships as well as giving rise to new political demands.

Prospective PGR students who want to  learn more about the specific interests of group members should click on the links below:

David Owen

Ana Margheritis

Monique Ming-chin Chu

Watch David and Ana speak about this theme in the video below.


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