Research

The focus of Migrating out of Poverty RPC research is on understanding the relationship between migration and poverty and the factors that mediate it. Migrating out of Poverty takes the long term view by using micro-surveys, qualitative research and panel data analysis to explore the sequence of life events and livelihood strategies that can lead to downward slides into poverty as well as an escape from it.

Research themes

Research is organised into six research themes which seek to understand the circumstances in which migration can help poor people move out of poverty.

Bus prepares to leave Nandom, Ghana for the journey South. Credit: Andrew McConnell/Panos

Migration and poverty

A research stream that explores the circumstances in which migration can help poor people move out of poverty.

Waiting in line at a food distribution centre, Mozambique. Credit: Heldur Netocny/Panos

Migration, women and girls

Research which explores how migration affects poor women and girls.

People travelling home on the train, Bangladesh. Credit: G.M.B Akash/Panos

Migration and urbanisation

A research strand that seeks to understand under what circumstances urbanisation and rural-urban migration leads to longer-term reductions in poverty.

Man carries wood on his shoulder, Bangladesh. Credit: Sergey Maximishin/Panos

Migration data

Work to improve data on internal migration and poverty and provide critical resources for migration researchers globally.

Women prepare vegetables in Kibera district of Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Andrew McConnell/Panos

Migration and policy

A research strand evaluating which policies have worked and which have not in maximising the developmental impact of migration.

People displaced by floods in the Satkhira district in Bangladesh. Credit: G.M.B Akash/Panos

Migration and climate change

A research stream that looks at migration as an adaptation strategy for poor rural populations facing climate stresses.

Children take an English lesson in Rajasthan, India. Credit: Dieter Telemans/Panos

Regional priorities

The RPC’s regional research is driven by partners to respond to the need for research-based evidence in on-going regional and national policy discussions.