MIGNEX Background Paper

The determination of migration through focus group data

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Discussions in 104 focus groups across the 26 MIGNEX research areas show how people talk about migration, what they perceive as reasons for staying and leaving, and what they think of as migration in the first place.

Key takeaways
Reasons for leaving are discussed in relation to the anticipated local effects of migration.
The simple desire to lead a normal or decent life stands out as a major motivation for migration.
People associate migration with the most common forms of mobility which are often not international migration to Europe.

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Erdal M.B., Godin M., Fitzmaurice M., Carling J. and Karl E. (2023) The determination of migration through focus group data. MIGNEX Background Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo. Available at www.mignex.org/d063.