Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research (Meth@Mig)

The Standing Committee Meth@Mig provides a forum for discussing methodological approaches and tools in migration research and assessing the best options available for tackling manifold methodological challenges. The Standing Committee takes on a pluralist perspective as it addresses (1) issues relevant across a wide range of research methods in migration studies, such as obtaining informed consent in cross-cultural settings, gaining access to hard-to-reach populations, operationalising relevant concepts, and leveraging the potential of new communication technologies, as well as (2) issues relevant for specific research approaches (be they quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods or experimental) as applied to the study of international migration in all its facets and dimensions.

Due to its transversal methodological profile, Meth@Mig is uniquely suited to cooperate with various other IMISCOE Standing Committees that are mainly defined by substantive research agendas. Such cooperation may, for instance, consist of jointly organised events or publications. The Standing Committee places special emphasis on sharing innovative procedures and on interconnecting researchers from different methodological schools as well as migration scholars and experts in research methodology.

The Standing Committee aims to become a reference-point for methodological reflections in the migration research community within and beyond IMISCOE.


Justyna Salamońska

Kozminski University
57/59 Jagiellonska St., 03-301 Warsaw, Poland

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Steffen Pötzschke

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences , Germany

Sebastian Rinken

Institute for Advanced Social Studies, Spanish Research Council, Spain

Evren Yalaz


Agata Górny

Faculty of Economc Sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland

Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members

To be completed.

Agenda of activities

Meth@Mig was established in October 2019 and plans to develop activities in three broad categories: research promotion and publications, training, and network management.

  1. Research promotion and publications
    Once travel restrictions and distancing rules triggered by the COVID-19 crisis are phased out, the Standing Committee  plans to organize three international workshops (2020-2023), focusing on (1) opportunities and challenges related to new and innovative research methods in migration studies, (2) issues relevant for quantitative methods, and (3) issues affecting qualitative studies, respectively.  Furthermore, the Standing Committee will sponsor sessions at each IMISCOE annual conference addressing various methodological issues in qualitative, quantitative, and mix-methods migration research, whatever the conference format (physical or virtual). Our agenda for prospective publications includes the submission of special issue proposals peer-reviewed journals (based on the aforementioned methodological workshops), edited volumes, and a textbook on quantitative methods in migration studies.

  2. Training
    The Standing Committee aims to prepare PhD students and junior researchers to better navigate the highly varied, and at times confusing, research methods landscape. To this end, Meth@Mig aims to develop cooperation with the IMISCOE PhD Network with a view to offering PhD training sessions at IMISCOE annual conferences and summer schools. The Standing Committee also plans to promote accessible knowledge on methods via its online presence (videos, podcasts, blog entries, social media) as a part of our planned Research Methods Kitchen.

  3. Network management
    The Standing Committee will organize formal Standing Committee meetings at the IMISCOE annual conferences. In between the annual conferences, the Standing Committee will actively use electronic communication channels and the allocated webpage space on the IMISCOE’s website.

Methods kitchen


Workshop: Ethics and Privacy of Big Data Use for Migration Research, 7-8 October, 2021 (online). Organized in collaboration with the HumMingBird consortium and the SoBigData++ consortium.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines and sectors who work on theoretical, philosophical, legal and ethical aspects of Big Data possibly with a focus on migration; Big Data and new technologies for migration studies; real-life applications and socio-political consequences of Big Data and AI employment for migration to discuss and present their experience, knowledge and research on the topic. 




In preparation

  • Key Normative and Descriptive Concepts in Migration Studies, volume edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Dirk Jacobs and Riva Kastoryano.
  • Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to tackle Methodological Challenges, volume edited by Steffen Pötzschke and Sebastian Rinken, IMISCOE Research Series, Springer.
  • Quantitative Methods in Migration Studies by Agata Górny and Justyna Salamońska, IMISCOE Short Reader series, Springer.


Video series

The following video are part of our series “Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research” (Meth@Mig). This video series aims to stimulate debates on advantages, disadvantages, and challenges that the emergence of new methods and the availability of new data types entail for migration research and migration scholars worldwide.

Please klick on the links to watch the videos on Youtube.

“Digital trace data can never be used on its own” - An interview with  Albert A. Salah (January 18, 2021)

Digitization of Migration Research Methods – An interview with Marzia Rango (July 8, 2020)


 Meth@Mig Blog

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