I have often been struck by the near-absence of psychologists in interdisciplinary migration research. There seem to be so many areas where psychologists could contribute to understanding migration processes. And contributions in the other direction seem equally valuable, since migration … Continue reading Migration as a research field: Unanswered questions and relevance for psychology
The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants holds the promise of progress. But ahead of the summit, communications staff were pushing a warped view of migrant diversity. Even the International Organization of Migration (IOM) is straying from its mission to uphold … Continue reading The End Of Migrants As We Know Them?
This post was originally published on the Border Criminologies blog, based at the University of Oxford. (Photo: Carlos Spottorno, British Red Cross, CC BY-NC-ND) The recent debate over word choice has taken turns that undermine humanitarian principles and cloud the … Continue reading Refugees are Also Migrants. And All Migrants Matter
In early 2015 there was a spike in new stories about ‘trafficking’ related to migration. But most of the stories described events that had little to do with trafficking. They described smuggling of migrants, primarily across the Mediterranean. Does it … Continue reading Why ‘trafficking’ is in the news for the wrong reasons
During a recent conversation among migration scholars, a PhD candidate mentioned in passing that ‘I’m not really familiar with the names yet’. It was obvious that many of had a shared mental inventory of migration scholars. So I started wondering how this tacit knowledge … Continue reading Who is who in migration studies: 107 names worth knowing
The European Union has made it clear that bombs were not part of the plan for war against people smuggling after all. “No one is thinking of bombing,” said Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, yesterday. The alleged plans for bombing … Continue reading What would have been new about bombing migrant boats?