Self-organization Simulation Applied to Migration across a Peaceful Border

William J. B. Oldham *

Texas Tech University, 3877 Royal Troon Dr., Round Rock, TX. 78664, USA.

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Self-organization using simple dynamic laws has been applied to migration across a common border between two entities, states or countries. The motion of the migrants and their final positions are presented.  In the system there were two sets of objects. One set is on a side of the boundary. One side, the right side, is considered to be the better entity.  That is it has a good government and the economy is strong.  On the left side the entity is decidedly different with respect to the governance and the economy.  Each side's objects are further divided into two groups.  The two groups are referred to as strong and weak. The strong represent the governance, rich or elite and weak refers to the general population. Initially the objects are randomly distributed in this two dimensional square bounded region, and then allowed to dynamically interact for a number of iterations. The forces among all of the particles as groups can be defined to be attractive or repulsive and can be adjusted to study the resulting configuration from the dynamics. Four experiments were conducted to see how self-organization applies for these scenarios. In Experiment 1 the migration takes place with only the object-to-object forces active. In Experiment 2 the concept of employment was introduced. An unemployed object was allowed to move faster than an employed object thus giving the unemployed greater mobility. The employment rate on right side is considerably higher than on the left side.   Experiment 3 explores changing one of the forces from repelling to attract. Experiment 3 is the same as Experiment 2 except for this and it went for twice as many iterations. Experiment 4 created employment centers on the right side. These centers provided jobs to left side migrants that came close enough to a center. If the left side object got a center job then that migrant did not move for the remainder of the simulation. In Experiments 1 and 2 there was no incentive for a migrant to remain so the migrant traveled back and forth across the border.  In Experiment 4 it was assumed that the job provided incentive for the migrant to remain at a fixed location. Thus clusters of migrants formed around the job centers.

Keywords: Migration, border, system, program.

How to Cite

Oldham, William J. B. 2020. “Self-Organization Simulation Applied to Migration across a Peaceful Border”. Advances in Research 21 (10):99-114.


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