Human Mobility

One of the main motivations underlying many migrations is the search for better living conditions and opportunities for human development. Therefore, ACSAR focuses on the analysis of the relationship between human mobility and economic and social development at the individual, community, and global levels. Our initiatives focus on:

Voluntary Return: Among migration phenomena, return is one of the least studied in our country. Yet it is also one of the most demanding and newest processes in the context of the current economic crisis. The current programs in our country do not guarantee adequate support in the process, nor a successful return, especially in cases where returnees have entrepreneurial aspirations. Programs can guarantee successful return through collaboration between the public and private sectors, and between host countries and countries of origin, including job-placement assistance and assistance from international organizations.

Migrations and Development: Catalonia has a long history of debate and reflection on the relationship between migrations and development. A pioneer of the programs often called, co-development programs, many Catalan entities, from research organizations to those in civil society, have worked to analyze and reinforce the links between human mobility and development processes, as much in immigrants´ countries of origin as in receiving countries. The ACSAR Foundation enriches the public debate by opening up new spaces for reflection on past and current actions and experiences and on the possibilities for opening up innovative new processes of transnational development. This work builds on our evaluations of programs and projects that have already been implemented, and is carried out in close partnership with planning agencies, delivery agents, and affected communities.

The Fight against Human Trafficking: Despite the mobilization of various entities against this phenomenon, human trafficking remains an unresolved cause of much suffering in the field of human mobility in our country. This reality is largely driven by sexual and labor exploitation, which often have a strong gender inequality component, linking it in some cases to prostitution. Action on this subject ought to be directed at linking applied investigations to an active fight against transnational criminal networks and education to eliminate the many types of exploitation, expanding our attention from the victims to the exploiters and their motives as well.