ZEF theme: Mobility and migration

Mobility and migration

ZEF research focuses on the transfer of social resources - with a vertical and a horizontal dimension. Horizontal transfer of social resources involves all kinds of population movements: besides migration forced by natural disasters or wars, there are networks of labor migration, and networks enabling the flow of commodities (trade) or of ideas (knowledge). The vertical transfer of social resources deals with social stratification and opportunities for social mobility, e.g. in which context what kind of social resources enable people to improve their livelihoods.