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Pathways to knowledge: Structures, flows and dynamics in networks of education migration from the Karakorum-Himalaya regio

Mobility and migration have gained central importance in the livelihoods of rural high-mountain communities in the Karakorum-Himalaya region. To acquire higher education and engage in professional employment, increasing numbers of people have moved out of their native valleys and temporarily or permanently resettled in urban centres. The project inquires in the mobility strategies in high-mountain communities of Gojal in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan and in the Kumaon Himalaya in Uttarakhand, India. Special focus is paid to the translocal social networks emerging from ongoing mobility and migration and the implications of  intensifying multi-local linkages, translocal support and remittances for processes of socio-economic development and change in these increasingly translocal communities. The project is part of the Crossroads Asia research network and funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.