Migration research is heavily skewed towards the Global North where existing research is largely designed and led, and where governments and international organisations increasingly fund research to inform policy development.

MIDEQ mobilises resources for partners in the Global South to define their own research questions and generate their own knowledge, producing robust, comparative, widely accessible evidence on South-South migration, inequality and development and engaging national and regional partners on key policy issues.

The MIDEQ team come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds including geography, anthropology, development studies, economics, political science, linguistics, digital technology, sociology and social policy. MIDEQ’s research draws on a range of qualitative, quantitative and visual data methods including:

  • A synthesis and comparative analysis of existing data relating to migration, multidimensional inequalities and development indicators within and across the corridors
  • Household and business survey data gathered from around 24,000 migrant households and up to 1,440 businesses and community organisations/leaders
  • Semi-structured interviews, conversations, ethnographic tracing and social network analysis undertaken with around 1,800 individual migrants, 300 migration intermediaries and 320 stakeholders
  • Visual/creative forms of knowledge production (music, theatre, poetry, dance, animation) involving at least 600 people within the 12 countries and across the corridors.