The MIG research group focuses on applying advanced data collection and estimation methods to quantify and better understand the trends, patterns, drivers, and consequences of different types of migration considering its interactions with the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Migration is a key demographic component underlying population change. As a multifaceted process, it is influenced by various factors such as economic opportunities, social and political drivers, environmental changes, and conflicts. Due to its high volatility and complexity, migration is difficult to assess and forecast, thus requiring a combination of data sources and methods. The MIG research group employs innovative approaches to provide comprehensive estimates of internal and international migration and its underlying factors at global, national, and sub-national levels. A particular focus of the research group is exploring how climatic changes and environmental factors directly and indirectly influence migration, and how these effects differ across geographical locations and population subgroups. In addition, the research group offers valuable insights into the interconnections between sustainability, human development, and well-being, highlighting their relevance for migration processes worldwide.

Models, tools, datasets

Population of the world

Wittgenstein Centre Human Capital Data & Graphic Explorer Version 3.0 (WCDE)

Projects

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Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (FUME)

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BALancing humAn and Natural resource use for Circular bioEconomy (BALANCE)

Path

Just Transitions to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL)

Staff

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Fentaw Teshome Asnakew

Guest Research Assistant (MIG, CDAT)

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Guy Abel

Research Scholar (MIG)

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Orlando Olaya Bucaro

Researcher (MIG)

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Gregor Zens

Research Scholar (MIG)

News

University

22 February 2024

Master's Programme "Global Demography"

The Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna) will start Master's Programme "Global Demography" at the University of Vienna with its fourth cohort of students in October 2024.
Population

14 February 2024

Population and human capital projections to 2100

UPDATE OF THE HUMAN CORE OF THE SSPs: POPULATION AND HUMAN CAPITAL PROJECTIONS TO 2100
TEDx

28 November 2023

TEDx talk on "How climate change affects population dynamics"

Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program principal researcher Raya Muttarak talks about the relationship between global climate change and migration at a TEDx event in Vicenza, Italy.

Events

Focus

08 November 2023

Explaining the impacts of climate change on migration

Options Magazine, Winter 2023: There has been much debate around the impact of climate change on migration. The international discourses around this topic, however, have often been more politically charged and less backed by science.
Options

28 November 2022

Standardizing migration data in Europe

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: Researchers illustrated the discrepancies in migration flow statistics across Europe to help standardize data and better understand migration patterns.
Regional impacts