Migration in the Past: Patterns, causes, consequences and implications
Online, 28 October 2022
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography organized an online International Seminar on “Migration in the Past: Patterns, Causes, Consequences, and Implications,” in collaboration with the Center for Social Research, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. The Organizing Committee included Hao Dong (Peking University), Lionel Kesztenbaum (Institut National d'Études Démographiques) and Martin Dribe (Lund University). The aim of the seminar was to gather recent research on historical migration, focusing both on migrant selection and integration of immigrants in host societies, and to foster communication about the recent development of new data sources and the opportunities for new scientific contributions they offer.
In the presence of global challenges like below-replacement fertility, aging populations, rising inequality, and local resistance to globalization, as well as the current travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, migration probably draws more attention than ever before from the public. Similarly in the past, there have been periods of significant international migration flows, as well as waves of massive internal migration, shaping the history and development of many societies. A comprehensive understanding of the historical roots and patterns of migration not only contributes to the scholarship about the past, but also could shed light on the complicated issues of contemporary migration.
This half-day workshop included two sessions, the first on Patterns and Determinants of Migration and the second on Consequences and Implications of Migration. Eight presentations were given at the workshop, covering historical migration issues across Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America (see the program below for details). Over 70 scholars attended the seminar and contributed to a fruitful academic exchange.