Migration and social mobility

Migration research has been one of the main areas of investigation at the Department of Anthropology since the 1980s. It has attained particular theoretical and methodological significance during the last decades, however, as rapid globalisation has fundamentally challenged the idea of a global order of separate and independent nation-states and created an awareness of the key role of mobility in contemporary life.

Migration and social mobility

An important theme within this area of research is mobility as a social, economic and cultural resource in the dynamic tension between envisaged and actualised migration. Several projects explore how migrants’ lives are shaped in the complex interplay between, on the one hand, formal immigration laws and policies, including the increasing use of biometric technologies to monitor population movements, and, on the other, informal fields of social relations, communication and interpretation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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