Smart Migration

Research Supported by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, European Commision, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions and Mendel University in Brno

MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES

One of the tools we have been developing is a mobile application that includes an intelligent assistant based on natural language processing. This application is designed to help workers in the everyday situations they encounter.

MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: PROACTIVE POLITICS

We focus on the effects of international migration on development of target economies as well as on resource regions. We participate in proposals for effective measures to integrate foreign workers into labor markets and into society.

CLIMATE CHANGE, RESILIENCE AND POPULATION DYNAMICS

We survey the perception, resilience and adaptation strategies of households in Asia, Europe and Africa affected by the effects of climate change or other environmental changes and their impact on population dynamics. To do this, we use a variety of GIT tools and visualization in a geographic context.

Smart Migration

Governments are making efforts to reduce or manage migration to their own countries and the same time to integrate immigrants into their societal structures and economies. We have been dealing with this problem for hundreds of years and the responses vary according to individual situations. In order to develop meaningful efforts to give immigration rules, create appropriate (smart) policy instruments, bringing the positive effects of immigration on societies, we must first understand causes of migration.



In many cases, there are a number of interconnected factors associated with economic development, remittances, environmental changes and other social circumstances. Therefore, research on this subject requires a multidisciplinary approach. Our team has decided to focus on research of the causes of migration, their development impacts, and analyzing them using a variety of tools that will enable us to better understand through visualization in geographic context. We are based on the belief that migration processes are not a coincidence, but a strategic, smart solution for any life situation.



Quite special and relatively scarce factors are environmental changes. Although natural resources such as drinking water or soil may seem inexhaustible, in many cases the reality is quite the opposite. Slow-onset environmental changes or natural disasters can fundamentally affect the lives of the people in the area and thus take them natural resources, dwelling or subsistence away. Exhaustion of agricultural areas, floods, droughts, hurricanes and other natural or man-made changes along with economic causes lead people to migrate to cities. People in the affected areas are forced to leave their homes and seek livelihood elsewhere. Or don’t. And why is that?

Why do people not move from areas often affected by floods, droughts, hurricanes or other impacts of environmental change, natural disasters or climatic extremes? Alternatively, why only a part of the affected population moves while the other part, often majority stays trying to adapt?



And the dynamics of these processes, the behavior of the inhabitants of the affected areas, their perception of environmental changes, their degree of resilience, the decision to migrate or to stay belong to the main research topics of this research group.

TACR Project

The project has two basic objectives. The first is to provide effective support to immigrants in the Czech Republic who find themselves in difficult personal situations through the development and testing of new mobile and web applications “Smart Migration” with personalized support for immigrants from the former Soviet Union and other countries who are dealing with serious problems during their stay in the Czech Republic. User-friendly applications should help them in complex life situations (e.g. job loss, illness, work injury), but also facilitate their integration in the Czech Republic.
The second objective of the project is the analysis of three key socio-demographic issues (migration current risks and challenges, policy coherence, the Canadian model of active migration policy), the results of which can be applied in the development of public policies, strategic materials, and other appropriate tools for their application.

Project name and duration

Smart Migration in the Czech Republic (Project duration: 6/2018 – 5/2022)

Funding

Technological Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR), 1st public tender of the ÉTA program

Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert Stojanov, Mendel University in Brno

Principal Co-investigator

Prof. Oldřich Bureš, Metropolitan University Prague

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Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team consists of experts from Mendel University in Brno and Metropolitan University Prague.

Robert Stojanov

Robert focuses on the impacts of environmental change, including climate change on development, migration and population dynamics. He is a specialist in the formulation of research topics, theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as on field research activities and the interpretation of socio-economic data analyzes. Robert has been awarded by fellowships at Brown University in Providence, USA; at Migration Policy Center at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; and at the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder in Norway. More details about his research at www.stojanov.org

Oldřich Bureš

Oldrich is the founding director of the Center for Security Studies and Professor of International Political Relations at Metropolitan University Prague. His research is focused in the areas of Conflict Resolution and International Security, with special emphasis on privatization of security, (counter-)terrorism and recently also migration.

Radka Klvaňová

Radka is a sociologist and her research interests are in migration, immigrant reception and integration as well as migration policies. She is a part of the Center for Cultural Sociology of Migration at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University where she teaches courses on migration. Radka’s task in the project is data analysis and interpretation.

David Procházka

David is primarily concerned with analyzing user behavior. He deals with the redesign of complex applications and the design of new solutions. He focuses on innovative types of applications such as location services or virtual and expanded reality. He likes to connect space analytics, UX and mobile technology.

Jaromír Landa

Jaromir focuses on geographic information technologies: mapping, spatial analytics, and mobile app development for Android.

Ivo Pisařovic

Ivo is a developer of mobile and web applications in our team. He primarily focuses on data management, network services, and data synchronization.

Aneta Seidlová

Aneta is a student of a master’s degree in Global Migration and Development Studies at the Department of Geography at Charles University. In her diploma thesis, she deals with the relations between migration and development, namely the policy coherence. She works as a researcher at the MENDELU.

Latest News

Here you will find the latest of our texts on migration issues.

Local perceptions of climate change impacts in St. Kitts (Caribbean Sea) and Malé, Maldives (Indian Ocean)

We recently published our article in the Atmosphere (https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/9/12/459), which focuses on research into the perception of environmental change in two Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – St. Kitts in[…]

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Evaluation of the Long-Term Stability and Impact of Remittances and Development Aid on Sustainable Economic Growth in Developing Countries

Together with colleagues from the Faculty of Economics and Administration of Masaryk University in Brno, we published an article whose main objective was to (i) compare the stability of financial[…]

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Does climate change influence people’s migration decisions in Maldives?

Within our international team of colleagues from University College London (UCL), UK; Univesity of Agder, Norway; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany; Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; and Masaryk[…]

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