A transnational approach to migration
MIG@NET will undertake the task of researching and analyzing the ways in which migrants participate in the production and proliferation of transnational digital networks. Against a dominant trend that perceives the phenomenon of migration according to host and sending societies and devises methodological tools and policy responses based on ethnocentric approaches, the project will be based on a transnational perspective that focuses mostly on the links and networks that cross, and transcend, national and gender borders connecting migrant individuals and groups across the globe. From this perspective, migrant movements will not be conceptualized simply as linear processes leading migrant individuals and groups from one place to another, but as multi-directional processes, determined by transnational patterns of travelling and communication, as well as exchanges of information, ideas, histories, memories, and goods across national territorial and cultural borders. Although transnational processes linked to migration have already been identified in the past, and have also been studied from a gendered perspective new technological developments, which have had a profound effect on the spread, proliferation and diversification of migrant transnational networks need to be addressed in further research. Identifying and reflecting on the multiple links between the development of these migrant networks and high speed and broadband technologies will allow MIG@NET researchers to explore further specificities and potentialities of contemporary transnationalism.