Migration and Im/Mobility in the Global South during a Pandemic (DFG Network)


  • The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led to novel experiences of isolation, mobility restriction and exclusion. Mobile populations are particularly affected when borders are closed and migrants are turned away, commuters are denied border crossings, resettlements are suspended or unlawful deportations are justified by pandemic-related risks. This network brings together twenty migration researchers to collect data, build theory, and gain new knowledge about the impact of the pandemic on the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024


    Team

    Judith Altrogge

    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Soledad Alvarez Velasco

    Dr. Sabine Mohamed

    Dr. Tabea Scharrer

    Dr. Gerhild Perl

    Dr. Dora Sampaio

    Dr. Victoria Kumala Sakti

    Dr. Megha Amrith

    Dr. Wayne Palmer

    Yaatsil Guevara

    Dr. Magdalena Suerbaum

    Dr. Monika Palmberger

    Dilshad Muhammad

    Dr. Franzisca Zanker

    Prof. Dr. Jelena Tosic

    Maria Lassak

    Dr. Katja Girr

    Prof. Dr. Magnus Treiber


    Leitung

    Prof. Dr. Heike Drotbohm

    Dr. Antje Missbach


    Forschungsfragen

    The research network will explore the extent to which we are currently dealing with a normalisation of experiences of disconnection, isolation and structurally induced waiting. We are also interested in whether this 'new normal' will lead to an "age of immobility" and how we can sharpen this perspective conceptually.

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led to unexpected and novel experiences of isolation, mobility restriction and new forms of political, social, economic and legal exclusion worldwide. Early on, measures that were aimed at containing the virus actually legitimised massive restrictions on urban, regional and international mobility. While curfews, quarantines, social distancing and mobility controls are experienced worldwide, mobile populations are particularly affected when borders are closed and migrants are turned away, commuters are denied border crossings, resettlement measures are suspended or unlawful deportations of refugees are justified by pandemic-related risks. In the course of such measures, mobile population groups and non-citizens are more than ever the target of xenophobia.

    This situation challenges us to develop alternative research approaches to a) collect data, b) gain new knowledge about the impact of the pandemic on societies of the Global South and c) contribute to theory building within the social sciences in order to programmatically reorient migration and im/mobility research.

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    This academic network, led by Prof. Dr. Heike Drotbohm and Prof. Dr. Antje Missbach, brings together twenty migration researchers, including GIGA research fellow Dr. Christiane Fröhlich, each contributing their different empirical experiences and theoretical perspectives. For more information visit: https://uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/soziologie/fakultaet/personen/missbach/forschung/pandemie/

    The findings will be used to bring different scales of im/mobility and migration (micro, meso and macro) into a common theoretical perspective. At the same time, we want to make an important contribution to increased public awareness by critically analysing these new global fault lines. Over the course of these three years, we will use a series of workshops and the involvement of experts to share our experiences, consult with each other, promote joint publications and raise public awareness.

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