EDEM is involved in the GLOBMIG Project. The researchers of EDEM working on this project are Francesco Gatta, Eleonora Frasca, Jean-Yves Carlier and Sylvie Sarolea. We will interact with the promotor Frédéric Docquier (coordinator), ESPO/IRES/IMMAQ, Chercheur Qualifié at FSR-FNRS and Professor of Economics at UCLouvain, as well as Philippe Bocquier, ESPO/DEMO, Professor of Demography at UCLouvain, and Pierre Schaus, (SST/)EPL/ICTM, Professor of Computer Science at UCLouvain. 

GLOBMIG is a 48-month project that aims at developing stronger conceptual tools to better understand and model global migration patterns, to anticipate future migration pressures, and to investigate the global implications of policy reforms. More precisely, GLOBMIG has assembled a team of economists, demographers, lawyers, and computer scientists around three general objectives: (i) to gain understanding of the long-run root drivers of international migration, (ii) to produce integrated projections of migration, population, and global inequality, and (iii) to use the knowledge base to assess the effectiveness and policy coherence of the legal framework.

Achieving these general objectives requires highly integrated models of global migration patterns. The innovative nature of GLOBMIG is that it goes beyond the state of the art in combining traditional and new sources of data (e.g., Big Data on cell-phone owners’ mobility, worldwide opinion surveys on migration intentions, geo-referenced data on population changes, comparative data on immigration laws and policies), in developing new methodologies for processing and analyzing them (e.g., data mining, machine learning algorithms), and in modelling the complex interactions between international migration, internal migration, and the socio-demographic, climatic, legal/institutional and economic environments.