Department of Sociology and Social Work

Research project by SocMap - Sociological Mapping

FLOW - Global flows of migrants and their impact on North European Welfare States

FLOW - Global flows of migrants and their impact on North European Welfare States

FLOW addresses the situation in which “global challenges regarding for instance climate, inequality and armed conflicts cause many people to wish to seek better living conditions in new countries -and the movements constitute challenges locally, nationally and globally” (reference text).

Last modified: 01.02.2018

Immigrant numbers are increasing. In 2000, 173 million foreign-born individuals lived in host countries.  By 2015, this number had increased to 244 million. Immigration is defined as a situation where a person leaves their nation state to take permanent residence in another state. FLOW addresses this more permanent immigration.

The objective of the project is to contribute with systematic and interdisciplinary analyses of:

  1. the migration flows of the future, particularly the consequences of climate changes,
  2. the effect of immigration on the developed North European welfare states, and
  3. the possibilities for improving both the socioeconomic and the sociocultural integration of immigrants.

FLOW’s mission is to deliver basic research into migration flows and their consequences as well as application-oriented research regarding the ways in which the socioeconomic and sociocultural integration of immigrants may be improved in developed welfare states.

Focus is on Northern Europe, defined as the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Germany.  The overall thesis is that these fairly homogeneous countries are facing comparable challenges.  Moreover, these states have handled the challenges differently, providing opportunities for ‘isolating’ dynamics and exchanging experience. 

SocMap member Anna Diop-Christensen is part of the research team.

The project is led by Christian Albrekt Larsen, Thomas Bredgaard, Henning Sten Hansen, Mette Buchardt and Trine Lund Thomsen, AAU, and funded by AAU. It has a budget of 1.2 million euros and runs from 2018 to 2020.

Contact information

Associate professor Anna Diop-Christensen: E-mail:


Starts/end date: 1 February 2018 → 31 July 2021

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