Aotearoa Migration Research Network

Migration is a multidimensional phenomenon that forms a prominent feature of social, cultural, economic and political life in Aotearoa/New Zealand and across the world. The Aotearoa Migration Research Network seeks to support social science research that addresses the diversity of issues involved in moving in the world: the drivers and barriers to migration, the role of borders and state control, the lives, identities and aspirations of migrants, the role of migration in communities and economies and the emergence of diverse, multicultural and transnational social formations.

The network provides a forum for established and emerging researchers as well as representatives of migrant communities, and policy makers and practitioners working with migrants to share insights from new research and create dialogue in a regular seminar series.

To be added to the mailing list and stay up-to-date with events, please contact the network conveners, Dr Jessica Terruhn ([email protected]) or Dr Shemana Cassim ([email protected]) who are Research Fellows at NIDEA at the University of Waikato.

Details of previous presentations can be found here

Upcoming Seminar - Tuesday 14th September:

Exploring the Social Impacts of Climate-induced Migration in Host Communities
Presenter: Rajan Ghosh (PhD candidate, University of Otago)

Tuesday 14th September, 11am to 12pm

Climate change impacts and human migration are two sides of a coin. The extent of migration from the Pacific to New Zealand due to worsening climatic conditions is likely to increase over the coming decades and may have a range of potential impacts on the receiving communities. Therefore, we aim to investigate the social impacts of climate-induced migration in New Zealand, utilizing South Dunedin (an inner-city suburb of Dunedin) as a case study setting. We employed interviews with different stakeholders to explore the views of the host community regarding the social impacts of climate migration in South Dunedin. In this seminar, I will share our findings on how climate-induced migration may impact the social structure of receiving communities in New Zealand, in terms of population dynamics, community resources, housing, health, employment, social security, and cultural diversity.

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