MigChoice is a research component of Outcome 4 of FCDO SSS II conducted by IOM in collaboration with University of Birmimgham which contributes to the evidence base on migration decision-making (regular and irregular) and the influence that interventions may have on this.  

The relationship between development and migration has long been a focus of practitioners, policy makers and academics alike. The literature on this topic is vast and the conclusion is that their relationship is highly complex and contextual. Researchers have highlighted how migration and development processes are inter-dependent and heterogeneous, and deeply connected to wider processes of social and economic change.   

MIGCHOICE will focus on delivering an evidence base to understand migration decision-making in The Gambia, Guinea and Senegal that leads to both ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’ migration. IOM has contracted the University of Birmingham to systematically account for both the context-specific nature of the migration-development nexus as well as its complex and non-linear features using a multi-method approach. In particular, the project will focus on answering the overarching question: “How and to what extent do development interventions affect people’s migration aspirations, decision and movement, and on what timetable?”    
The aim is to explore a range of past, current and potential future policy interventions that are relevant to migration, drawing on a mapping of interventions provided by IOM. The study will shed light on the range of past, current and potential future migration corridors that individuals may choose (or reject) when they make migration decisions, focusing on the reasons why they make those choices, and the extent to which development interventions influence those choices.