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Welcome to the migration seminar

"Migration, territorial inequalities and spatial justice"


Magdalena Ulceluse, Assistant Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmo University's Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare.


Magdalena Ulceluse, Tomasz Komornicki, Barbara Szegjgiec

Territorial inequalities remain a persistent problem within the European Union, with little progress made in narrowing the gap between more and less affluent regions, despite the targeting of EU Cohesion policies. In recent years, there has been a shift in policy and academic discourse from defining territorial inequalities in relation to economic structures and dynamics, such as GDP, to individual opportunities and individual access to resources. However, although the capacities of individuals may be constrained by place-based factors, individuals are able to seek to overcome territorial disadvantages by migrating internally or internationally. Drawing on results from an online survey of over 18,000 respondents in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK, and interviews with over 350 migrants, long-term residents and stakeholders in 13 localities across Greece, Ireland, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, and the UK, this paper explores the connections between migration, territorial inequalities and spatial justice. It discusses how experienced and perceived territorial disadvantages act as a catalyst for out-migration and how perceptions of relative differences in opportunities between regions inform decisions about where to go. Following migration flows, it further describes cases of inter-regional disparities being exploited to alleviate individual disadvantage, for example international labour migrants tapping into more dynamic labour markets and sending remittances back to their home community, or internal migrants playing inter-regional differences in property prices to improve their relative standard of living. The chapter argues that the former represents migration acting as an informal channel of redistribution, whilst the latter potentially raises its own questions of spatial justice if, for instance, long-standing residents are displaced.


This is a hybrid seminar, you are welcome to connect via Zoom
Meeting ID: 690 4712 4145

or join us at MIM seminar room, floor 9, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1. To attend on campus, please gather by the reception area at 14.05.

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