The July 2021 lecture of the V2V Research Project - From Vulnerability to Viability - casts a light on migration, with special attention to environmental migration. Michaela Hynie of the Department of Psychology of York University focuses on the nature of migration and consequences for communities left behind in six sites across three countries: India, Nepal and Canada.

Migration takes many forms and can be temporary, seasonal or permanent. It may take place on a voluntary basis or forced, like in the extreme case of conflict. It may involve displacement within a country's international borders or crossing into other jurisdictions.

What matters most is how people can be integrated into communities and have a sense of belonging, whether they are leaving their places for short periods or for good, whether they are arriving in a new place to transit through or settle. Michaela is particularly interested in such social determinants of health as they are called, because beyond the material aspects of migration, these human and social relationships affect the health of migrants, but also of residents.

With millions of people on the move world-wide in double-digit figures, migration is a hugely diverse subject warranting our full attention as all of us will have been touched by it in one way or another. Watch the entire lecture here.