This research note addresses the current and potential future role of psychologists in the study of international migration. We review ways in which psychologists have contributed to the study of migration, as well as ways in which psychological scholarship could be integrated with work from other social science fields. Broadly, we discuss four major contributions that psychology brings to the study of international migration - studying migrants' internal psychological experiences, incorporating a developmental perspective, conducting experimental studies, and integrating across levels of analysis. Given the position of psychology as a 'hub science' connecting more traditional social sciences with health and medical sciences, we argue for a more prominent role for psychologists within the study of international migration. Such a role is intended to complement the roles of other social scientists and to create a more interdisciplinary way forward for the field of migration studies. The research note concludes with an agenda for further scholarship on migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-373
Number of pages18
JournalMigration Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation


    • acculturation
    • experiments
    • interdisciplinary
    • levels of analysis
    • psychological processes
    • well-being


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