Field research programme
The Society’s most recent Field Research Programme, Migrants on the margins, was a five year project involving researchers from UK universities and international research partners. It focused on the vulnerability and opportunities of migrants in some of the world’s most pressured cities, including Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Hargeisa (Somaliland).
The project investigated the movement of migrants into and around these cities, and looked at the opportunities available to them in order to better understand their experiences and vulnerability.
The project aimed to not only dispel misconceptions around migration and improve the lives of migrants in the study areas through advising policy changes, but also to build regional research capacity and networks of expertise across Africa and Asia.
By 2050, it is estimated that the number of people living in urban areas in Africa and Asia will have doubled to 5.2 billion. And research shows that people moving away from humanitarian, environmental and other crises tend to move short distances, often ending up in marginal communities on the outskirts of urban areas, where it is all too easy to become stuck.
These movements are some of the most important but least studied migration patterns across the globe. The impact that migrants have on urban areas and how cities can best respond to the influx of people is understudied, while little is known about the life chances of the migrants themselves. This is an issue that will only become more urgent as populations grow and the impact of climate change is increasingly felt.
Meet the team
Meet the project team behind 'Migrants on the margins', coordinated by Professor Michael Collyer from the University of Sussex.
Research methods and outputs
Find out more about the research methods and techniques used in the project.
'Migrants on the margins' is taking a comparative approach in four of the world’s most pressured cities. Find out more about the cities of focus.
The Migrants on the margins final report outlines the results and outcomes of this five year research project.
Migrants on the margins: educational resources
Why do people move? Our educational video resources explore case studies based on the Society's Field Research Programme.
About Migrants on the margins
What is the 'Migrants on the margins' project?