Mobility is multi-dimensional. Mobility can be social, spatial, and political. While movement from one country to another is the typical framing of “mobility,” the ephemeral nature of borders means a person can move from one country to another without moving in space. Movement up or down through class structures can be an indirect a result of geographical relocation, or of staying put. Many of the processes of movement – whether physical or social – are far more complex and nuanced than the movement of people from a place that is “home” to a place that plays “host.” The Mobility and Immobility forum is a space to explore the many aspects of “movement” that shape our societies and the spaces they occupy.
The majority of migrants move to cities. At COMPAS we recently started a new portfolio of work on ‘Urban Transformations’. We decided it would be an opportune time therefore to connect our differing knowledges of the city and migration and reflect on mobility and immobility in these contexts.