Date on Honors Thesis

Fall 11-17-2020


International Studies



Examining Committee Member

Drew Seib, PhD, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Brittany Wood, PhD, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Christine Lindner, PhD, Committee Member


Migration is a human phenomenon impacting various factors of society, politics, and cultures today that will continue to grow in both domestic and international importance. Despite this profound significance, there are numerous challenges for migration with little control of the flow of populations and limited understanding of the changing trends of migration. Historically, migration has been defined by South-to-North movements, with the main motive being economic opportunities with the allure of developed countries, but many articles today have found more South-to-South movements and myriad other factors influencing migratory decisions. By examining net migration population from 2014 and 2015, in conjunction with Human Development Index scores (HDI) with its variable breakdown from the year 2014, this paper attempts to answer the question of what factors cause net migration to increase or decrease. Specifically, it will be arguing that states with higher HDI value will have a larger net migration population.