Research areas are the sub-national units of analysis where most of the data collection is concentrated. They can be a town, part of a city or a rural district.
The use of research areas reflects the overall emphasis of MIGNEX on disaggregation in the study of migration–development connections and policies. By examining local contexts, it is possible to assess specific, local drivers and consequences of migration, as well as the drivers and consequences experienced at the national level.
The population of research areas will typically be in the range of 10,000 – 100,000. Each area will be sufficiently small that it experiences the same specific developments and conditions, but could be diverse in socioeconomic terms. The project will collect data in 25 research areas spread across ten case countries. Research areas will be selected in the second half of 2019.