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Mobility & Migration

Mobility & Migration

Land acquisitions trigger migration and yield other types of mobility such as capital, goods and ideas. Ensuing land claims raise new questions for land governance. So far, the discussion has focused on respecting land rights, informing local residents and offering fair compensation. Given the variety of mobility, what are good ways forward in land governance?

You can find more information below on the interrelation between mobility, migration and land governance.


Learn more: LANDac Resources

Brief – Displacement, De-urbanization and COVID-19 (2020)

Following the Webinar Series and Online Discussion on Land Rights Implications of COVID-19, LANDac, together with Landesa, the Land Portal Foundation, New America and the Norwegian Refugee Council published a Brief Series on the impact of COVID-19 on Land and Housing. This brief (one out of four) focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on displacement and de-urbanization.


Policy Brief 7 Migration, youth and land in West Africa: Challenges for inclusive development (2019)

Current (policy) assumptions about West-African migration are too simplistic for generating sustainable solutions. A better understanding of migration patterns, their connections to land dynamics and livelihoods, and how youth are affected is needed to establish opportunities for, and impediments to, inclusive development in West-Africa.

Also read the academic article on this research project here (open access) in MDPI Journal Land.

Ref: Kaag, M., Baltissen, G., Steel, G., & Lodder, A. (2019). Migration, Youth, and Land in West Africa: Making the Connections Work for Inclusive Development. Land, 8(4), 60. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/land8040060


Land (MDPI) Special Issue – Land Governance from a Mobilities Perspective

The aim of this special issue, compiled of contributions to the LANDac Annual International Conference 2018,  is to shed light onto the nature of relationships between land and people’s mobility, and its implications for land governance. Read the Special Issue here.

Ref: Land, 8(4), 60


Annual International Conference: Land Governance and (Im)mobility: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration (2018)

The LANDac Conference 2018 looked at land governance through the lens of mobility. Land acquisitions trigger migration and yield other types of mobility such as capital, goods and ideas. Ensuing land claims raise new questions for land governance. So far, the discussion has focused on respecting land rights, informing local residents and offering fair compensation. The conference explored the question: Given the variety of mobility, what are good ways forward in land governance? Download the conference report here.


Conference report: Climate change interventions as a source of conflict, competing claims and new mobilities (2016)

As countries in the South push for a greater focus on climate change adaptation, and enormous amounts of financing are made available through global finance mechanisms, understanding the impacts of climate interventions becomes increasingly important. Actions to address climate change create new winners and losers, generate new types of mobilities, and influence access to land and other natural resources. This conference intended to better understand the impacts of climate change-related investments, exploring how to prevent and resolve conflicts, in cities as well as in urbanising and rural areas. Read the conference report here.


Other Resources


News Items

Recently published blog by Sébastien Boillat and dr. Julie Zähringer on the impact of COVID-19 and reverse migration on land Read more
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The Land Portal Foundation has published a new Data Story by Abolfazl Sharifian Bahraman and Dr. Hossein Barani - "Pastoralists Read more