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The Research Topic will present and outline the progress in southern-led migration research. While migration studies have taken a rich interdisciplinary turn, they continue to be driven by experiences of migration in the Global North. In this collection, the articles present critical advances in theories, research agenda, methodology, and evidence to better understand migration. The contributions to this collections reflect on three important aspects of migration studies.

First, migration research in the Global South responds to a rich mix of forced migration, internal migration, and climate change-induced migration, in addition to refugees and asylum seekers, and often in transient and urgent scenarios. As such, some of contributors to this collection will be southern researchers who are guided by their own experience of migration to clarify conceptual overlaps and distinctions between multiple terms used to identify migration in the South.

Second, the policy priorities of humanitarian assistance and migrant integration do not translate effectively to the contexts in the Global South. Considering that many countries in South Asia for example have not signed the 1951 Convention, countries often devise their own framework and response to migration crises in their region. Increasingly, concepts of resilience and adaptation are being centralized through an emerging body of work and demand a closer look. The articles included in this Topic will contextualize the conceptual developments and provide a comparative perspective for responses to migration in the South.

Finally, the policymaking drivers of Northern institutions have strong predictive and preventive requirements that drive research in the North. However, in the South, the policymaking needs range from systematizing outmigration for remittance to systematic alienation of migrants, in some cases even historical migrants. The articles in this volume will present an outline of the policymaking environment and responses to a transient policymaking environment with imperfect and often non-existent migration data.

Keywords: migration research, migration, Global South, Global North, comparison, types of migration, forces migration, internal migration, refugees, asylim seekers, migrant integration, migration policies


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The Research Topic will present and outline the progress in southern-led migration research. While migration studies have taken a rich interdisciplinary turn, they continue to be driven by experiences of migration in the Global North. In this collection, the articles present critical advances in theories, research agenda, methodology, and evidence to better understand migration. The contributions to this collections reflect on three important aspects of migration studies.

First, migration research in the Global South responds to a rich mix of forced migration, internal migration, and climate change-induced migration, in addition to refugees and asylum seekers, and often in transient and urgent scenarios. As such, some of contributors to this collection will be southern researchers who are guided by their own experience of migration to clarify conceptual overlaps and distinctions between multiple terms used to identify migration in the South.

Second, the policy priorities of humanitarian assistance and migrant integration do not translate effectively to the contexts in the Global South. Considering that many countries in South Asia for example have not signed the 1951 Convention, countries often devise their own framework and response to migration crises in their region. Increasingly, concepts of resilience and adaptation are being centralized through an emerging body of work and demand a closer look. The articles included in this Topic will contextualize the conceptual developments and provide a comparative perspective for responses to migration in the South.

Finally, the policymaking drivers of Northern institutions have strong predictive and preventive requirements that drive research in the North. However, in the South, the policymaking needs range from systematizing outmigration for remittance to systematic alienation of migrants, in some cases even historical migrants. The articles in this volume will present an outline of the policymaking environment and responses to a transient policymaking environment with imperfect and often non-existent migration data.

Keywords: migration research, migration, Global South, Global North, comparison, types of migration, forces migration, internal migration, refugees, asylim seekers, migrant integration, migration policies


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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