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Lifetime Migration

Chair (s) 
Aude Bernard (University of Queensland)
Sergi Vidal (Centre for Demographic Studies)
Clara H. Mulder (University of Groningen)
José Irineu Rigotti (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Michael White (Brown University)
Blessing Mberu (African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC))
Helga De Valk (NIDI/Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Alicia Adsera (Princeton University)
Council Liaison 
Edith Gray (Australian National University)
IUSSP Secretariat 
Paul Monet (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP))
Terms of Reference: 

This panel responds to growing calls to progress beyond a binary approach to migration (migrants/non-migrants) by recognising that migration is more complex and often repeats itself over the life course. By approaching migration as a life-course trajectory, the panel aims to accelerate a conceptual and methodological shift in migration studies that will produce theory and policy-relevant insights. Stimulating progress in analytical methods and enhancing access to existing longitudinal datasets and novel collections of individual lifetime mobility histories is core to this panel. By encouraging the analysis of migration over individuals’ lifetimes the panel seeks to:


(1) Recognise the heterogeneity of migration behaviours in individual’s lives across diverse populations, from lifetime sedentarism to one-time migration, repeat and chronic migration.


(2) Integrate internal and international migration as part of the same continuum of population movement and identify how these are linked over the life course.


(3) Establish how migration trajectories are associated with individual life chances and societal wellbeing and inequalities.



Session on "Migration as a life-course trajectory" at the 50th anniversary of the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Conference

Keele University, United Kingdom, 11-13 September 2023


This session responds to growing calls to progress beyond a dichotomous approach to the study of migration (migrants vs non-migrants) by recognising that internal and international migration are a complex, repetitive process. We invite papers that showcase recent empirical and methodological advances in: (1) establishing the diversity of migration trajectories over the life course, including circular, return and serial migration (2) determining how migration experiences in early life influence subsequent migration decisions and (3) identifying the cumulative effect of migration life outcomes in later life in the social, economic, family and health domains.

Workshop on “Mining migration trajectories with R”, at the 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics

Santiago, Chile, 24-26 January 2023