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The Impact of Migration on the Family and
Intergenerational Solidarity in Rural Cambodia

funded by the Doha International Institute
for Family Studies and Development

Senior Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA) scholar Zachary Zimmer is currently partnering with the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) on a joint research and capacity building project in Cambodia.  The project is partially funded by a grant IPIA senior scholar and Professor of Sociology Zachary Zimmer and University of Michigan Professor John Knodel obtained from the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD) based in Doha, Qatar.

Dr. Zimmer teaching a course in Cambodia

The research component of the project is investigating the extent of migration out of several rural villages in Northwest Cambodia as well as its impact on families and especially older adults left behind. The capacity building component involves the CCC’s Analyzing Development Issues (ADI) program that trains people in Cambodia in development-related research from conceptualization to implementation and policy development.  Participants in the ADI program come from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) across Cambodia. Zimmer is participating in training these participants and will be involved in the development of policy and the writing of scholarly research articles that result from the data collection.

According to Zimmer,"the movement of people from rural areas in developing countries to cities and across borders, primarily in search of employment, is an inescapable consequence of development and the globalization process occurring throughout the world. This type of labor migration has become a persistent and accelerating reality in many developing countries. The results of this research both increase the understanding of current labor migration in developing societies and also suggest strategies for enhancing Cambodia’s continuing social and economic development".
Interviewing in rural Cambodia

This collaborative effort between IPIA and CCC highlights IPIA’s commitment to interdisciplinary research with a development and international focus.