The Society’s Field Research Programme, Migrants on the margins, is an international collaboration with research partners in all four cities being studied.
Researchers and local residents on a ‘walk around’ at Camp A in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
The project team are working across four cities – Harare in Zimbabwe, Hargeisa in Somaliland, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Dhaka in Bangladesh – to investigate the impact of migration on migrants and the cities they move to.
The Development Government Institute (DEGI), based in Harare, has a strong research interest in Zimbabwe’s current urban governance challenges. DEGI has been strengthening its networks with social housing organisations and other institutions in preparation for sharing and acting on the knowledge generated by the project.
The Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention is investigating the vulnerability and opportunities of internally-displaced people living in three camps in Hargeisa. The three sites house people who are mainly from rural and pastoral communities, but differ in proximity to the city centre, access to services, date of establishment, and population.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Centre for Migration Research and Development (CMRD) is focusing on four sites in Colombo. The sites consist mainly of migrants from Sri Lanka’s plantation-based hill country and former conflict zones in the north and east, as well as those who have been evicted or relocated from other parts of Colombo.
The International Centre for Climate Change and Research, a research centre at the Independent University Bangladesh, is focusing on gaining better understanding of how migration could be a means for people to adapt to the changing climate and its associated stresses.
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