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Recording of the Webinar 'Translating Migration Theory into Empirical Propositions'


  • Jørgen Carling, Research Professor of Migration and Transnationalism studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
  • Mathias Czaika, Head of Department and  Professor in Migration and Globalisation, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Marta Bivand Erdal, Research Director and Research Professor in Migration Studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Moderated by Jakub Bijak, joint Head of Department of Social Statistics and Demography Professor of Statistical Demography at the University of Southampton


Migration studies is often described as both a fragmented and largely under-theorised research field. However, through the triangulation of various theoretical accounts and concepts, propositions that address diverse and multifaceted migration patterns and regularities can be developed. This exercise has been done in the framework of the H2020 QuantMig project. This webinar introduces the logic behind moving from a theoretical approach to empirical propositions that have a strong evidence base. It will consist of a presentation that will first consider the very idea of migration theory, and second will outline the ten propositions that can be empirically approached from different angles and turned into hypotheses. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their reflections on how these propositions can be applied to understanding migration.

This event was originally held online on Friday, 11 December 2020.


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This online event has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870299. This video reflects the participants’ view and the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.