is the principal investigator in this project. She is professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Her research, conducted in transatlantic social fields (Haiti, Cape Verde), concentrates on the intersection of im/mobility, kinship and care. Since recently she follows migrant trajectories across urban and cross-border spaces (in Brazil and Central America), and explores configurations of care and control in solidarity and humanitarian settings.

“For me, this research project means an innovative, very dynamic and interconnected view of migration routes. I am fascinated by the diversity of the national frameworks, which are sometimes more humanitarian, sometimes more security oriented. Understanding how people manage to find and make their place while being en route is a perspective that can be applied to numerous other transit contexts in the world. Our teamwork enables a synergetic connection of empirical and conceptual work, which in turn has an inspiring effect on other research in the field of migration and displacement.”

Heike Drotbohm

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