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The Role of International Migration

Partner: ODI / SLRC

Duration: 2013

Locale: Select Union Councils of Lower Dir and Swat districts


This study focuses on  international migration as a livelihood activity from a household perspective. Migrant households has been compared to non-migrant households in order to understand who migrates and who is unable to do so in conflict-affected situations, and to understand the opportunities and barriers to international migration in the sample areas.

It is a mixed method study and combines econometric analysis of the baseline survey with qualitative fieldwork and analysis of secondary source with the econometric analysis.

In exploring migration as a livelihood strategy, particular emphasis has been given on the question of which social-economic groups and members within a household have access to migration and which are excluded and the reasons for their exclusion.


  • To consider the role of migration as a livelihood strategy
  • To provide an initial exploration of links between migration and legitimacy of government.


  • Primary data collection
  • Partners are analyzing the quantitative survey data carried out in October 2012 under the SLRC mainstream research programme.
  • Qualitative data collection started in October with the households, who have reported a member migrated outside for work.