Why do people migrate? And what international migration flows does this produce? Migration plays an important role in (re)shaping societies. It changes the population structure of the country and has important consequences for individual lives. We study the antecedents and consequences of migration and aim to provide insight into potential future migration patterns. We are interested in how the lives of migrants and their children unfold over time and pay specific attention to the (intergenerational) relationships and demographic behavior of migrants, for example by studying if and when migrants and their children marry, give birth, or move to a new home. Most of our research takes a comparative perspective and focuses on Europe.
What are we working on?
We are currently involved in the development of migration scenarios in two European Horizon2020 projects, the CrossMigration project and the Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy project (QuantMig). In the ERC funded project MYMOVE, we focus on how moving in childhood influences later life outcomes of those with and without a migrant background. In addition, two other projects compare the life courses of migrants and non-migrants. One focuses on the experience of insecure employment for demographic choices and the Finally, the project The Multicultural Drama in Perspective project zooms in on the family formation of the second generation in the Netherlands.