University of Queensland
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


University Of Groningen
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Brown University
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
NIDI/Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Princeton University

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison

Australian National University

This panel responds to growing calls to progress beyond a binary approach to migration (migrants/non-migrants) by recognising that migration is more complex and often repeats itself over the life course. By approaching migration as a life-course trajectory, the panel aims to accelerate a conceptual and methodological shift in migration studies that will produce theory and policy-relevant insights. Stimulating progress in analytical methods and enhancing access to existing longitudinal datasets and novel collections of individual lifetime mobility histories is core to this panel. By encouraging the analysis of migration over individuals’ lifetimes the panel seeks to:


(1) Recognise the heterogeneity of migration behaviours in individual’s lives across diverse populations, from lifetime sedentarism to one-time migration, repeat and chronic migration.


(2) Integrate internal and international migration as part of the same continuum of population movement and identify how these are linked over the life course.


(3) Establish how migration trajectories are associated with individual life chances and societal wellbeing and inequalities.


Programme of activities


Webinar: Innovations in data infrastructure for the longitudinal study of international migration

7 March 2024


Early-Career Researchers Workshop on Migration Over the Life Course as a side event of the European Population Conference 2024 

Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 June 2024 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Session on "Migration as a life-course trajectory" at the 50th anniversary of the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Conference

Keele University, United Kingdom, 11-13 September 2023


Training course on Machine learning tools for the analysis of migration trajectories

Online, 13 and 15 June 2023


Workshop on “Mining migration trajectories with R”, at the 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics

Santiago, Chile, 24-26 January 2023