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Please find below the latest International Migration Institute (IMI) update on all our recent research activities, events and publications.

NEWS

IMI celebrates tenth anniversary: The Changing Face of Global Mobility

IMI's three-day anniversary conference in January 2016 welcomed over 150 participants, of which 50 international speakers, among them former IMI staff and collaborators, as well as a generation of new scholars. Presentations explored IMI's founding research themes: the drivers and dynamics of migration; development, inequality and change; and diaspora, transnationalism and identity. Read the conference report and watch the conference presentations.

EVENTS

International migration of medical doctors: Trends, drivers and policies workshop

7 June 2016, Oxford Martin School

Yasser Moullan and Mathias Czaika will welcome Richard Scheffler (University of Berkeley) as a keynote speaker in a one-day project workshop which will present their research on the migration of medical doctors. Workshop particpants will discuss the drivers of medical brain drain and the impact and policies of medical brain drain in Europe. Details to follow...

Trinity term seminar series


Held every Wednesday at 1pm, speakers in Trinity term will include IMI Visiting Fellows, IMI Senior Research Officer Robtel Neajai Pailey, Joachim Jarreau (University of Paris-Dauphine), Cleovi Mosuela (Bielefeld University), Hillel Rapoport (University of Paris 1 / Paris School of Economics), Fangfang Li (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research) and Mouhoub el Mouhoud (University of Paris-Dauphine). More...
 

RESEARCH

Family strategies of migrants in West Africa
 

In collaboration with ISSP at the University of Ouagadougou, in January IMI Research Officer Marie-Laurence Flahaux organised a very successful participatory one-day workshop to present the Family strategies of migrants in West Africa project. The quantitative data collection of the most recent round of the Ouagadougou Surveillance System, which entails the annual interview of people in five formal and informal peripheral neighbourhoods of Ouagadougou, and on which the project is based, is coming to an end. Within the project framework new modules have been added on family and migration trajectories as well as migration aspirations of people who have arrived in the capital since 2008. During Marie-Laurence's visit the team discussed the topic of migration and family with various project stakeholders, started the qualitative fieldwork, carried out several pilot interviews, improved its interview guide, and recruited and trained interviewers. This qualitative fieldwork will last for six weeks, following which the team will carry out the analyses. More...

The migration of ideas, identities and practices


ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow Indrajit Roy is collaborating with a number of India-based research and advocacy institutions for this study. These include Asian Development Research Institute, Koshish Charitable Trust, PRAXIS- Institute of Participatory Practices, and Center for Equity Studies. Together, the research partners have completed a survey of around 5,000 households, and conducted group discussions with migrants, their family members and neighbours in twenty locations. Based on the findings from these sources as well as inputs from activists and bureaucrats interested in the issue of labour migration, they will soon be implementing the ethnographic component of the research, which will entail following select labour migrants through their multiple destinations for a period of one year while simultaneously work with their families, neighbourhoods and communities in the source localities during the same period. Indrajit focuses on mobility and migration as a way of understanding the ‘transitions’ of and in the Global South. His emphasis on itinerant labour migrants compels him to confront the limits of a governance regime that assumes sedentary, rather than mobile, populations. The research is supported by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council as well as the International Growth Center. More...

PUBLICATIONS

Thinking Migration: 10 Years of the International Migration Institute

This 56-page report captures the story of IMI's founding in 2006, tracing its development into a leading global authority on international migration. Contributions from current and former IMI staff, and from research collaborators from the Global North and South, celebrate the achievements IMI has made over its first decade, and look towards new areas of research. More...

From new helots to new diasporas: A retrospective for Robin Cohen

Comprising 18 contributions, this book is a tribute to Robin Cohen's academic scholarship and intellectual impact. The contributions cover Robin's interests in labour studies, social movements, globalisation, creolization, diaspora and migration. More...

Pakistani immigrant organisational spaces in Toronto and New York City

This study by Ali R Chaudhary and Luis Eduardo Guarnizo (University of California Davis) examines how contexts of reception in two migrant cities shape the organisational infrastructure for Pakistani immigrant communities in Toronto and New York City. More...

A ‘Despicable Shambles’. Labour, property and status in Faya-Largeau, Northern Chad

Faya-Largeau, the largest oasis in northern Chad, seems to present a classic picture of Saharan labour relations and status groups. Colonial officers spoke of nomadic ‘overlords’ who used to exploit sedentary ‘serfs’ of slave descent, but indirectly favoured the latter; today, former status relations are renegotiated, at times violently so. Access to vital resources, and especially agricultural land, is the focus of much contemporary conflict. Yet looking closer Julien Brachet discovers a less familiar picture, finding that status, property and labour are contextual categories that depend on as much as they constitute a historically specific and inherently unstable mode of production. More...

The New Humanitarians: Principles and Practice

As humanitarian needs continue to grow rapidly, humanitarian action has become more contested, with new actors entering the field to address unmet needs, but also challenging long-held principles and precepts. This volume, edited by Zeynep Sezgin and Dennis Dijkzeul, provides detailed empirical comparisons between emerging and traditional humanitarian actors, and includes a chapter by Cindy Horst, Stephen Lubkemann and Robtel Neajai Pailey on Diaspora Humanitarianism: The Invisibility of a Third Humanitarian Domain. More...
 

African migration: trends, patterns, drivers

Africa is often seen as a continent of mass migration and displacement caused by poverty, violent conflict and environmental stress. Yet such perceptions are based on stereotypes rather than theoretically informed empirical research. Marie-Laurence Flahaux draws on the migration and visa databases from the DEMIG project and the Global Bilateral Migration Database to explore the evolution and drivers of migration within, towards and from Africa in the post-colonial period. More...

Refugee movements

Mathias Czaika contributes a chapter on 'Refugee movements' to the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. More...

Do restrictive asylum and visa policies increase irregular migration into Europe?

Mathias Czaika with co-author Mogens Hobolth investigates the extent to which restrictive asylum and visa policies trigger an unintended behavioural response of potential and rejected asylum seekers. More...

Special Issue: The Impact of Diasporas: Markers of Identity

This special issue brings together contributions from the Oxford Diasporas Programme with the University of Leicester's The Impact of Diasporas project. ODP articles examine themes as diverse as diaspora engagement in war-torn societies, diaspora engagement policies, and stateless diasporas. More...

IMI WORKING PAPERS

Transnational politics and political integration among migrants in Europe

Ali R Chaudhary, in the first paper from the TRANSMIC project, investigates the relationship between participation in homeland politics and migrants' political integration in Europe. More...

High-skilled migration in times of global economic crisis

Mathias Czaika and Christopher Parsons (University of Western Australia) introduce two pioneering databases in order to analyse the implications of the Global Economic Crisis on international migration. More...

Stateless Kurds and their multiple diaspora

Latif Tas (SOAS) discusses how the condition of statelessness has affected Kurds, and how statelessness has been constructed and experienced at an individual and collective level in the diaspora. More...

Beyond war and peace: The IOM and international migration control in Libya

The war that took place in Libya in 2011 forced 1.5 million people to leave the country. Many of them, from sub-Saharan Africa, were helped to return to their countries of origin by the IOM. Julien Brachet questions the purely humanitarian nature of the IOM intervention with reference to its activities before and after the conflict. More...

The role of migration and higher education policies in international academic mobility. The case of Indian researchers

Former IMI researchers Sorana Toma and María Villares-Varela explore the roles of migration and higher education policies from both the origin and destination countries in the geographic mobility decisions of researchers, a highly skilled group specifically targeted by such policies. More...

BLOGS

Inside Europe’s refugee deal with Turkey – is it legal and can it work?

In a piece first published in The Conversation, emeritus professor Robin Cohen explores the legality and practicality of the recent deal.

'The proposed refugee exchange programme between the EU and Turkey is the most visible example of an evolving European policy of 'humane return'. Containment (keeping refugees in the Middle East) hasn’t worked, nor have deflection (razor wire on the Hungarian and Macedonian borders), temporary protection or permanent resettlement. This is the latest arrow pulled from the quiver of failed solutions.' More...

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda - time to celebrate?

Now that the SDGs are finalised, and the development community has new aims to work towards, what has this flurry of activity achieved in relation to migration? IMI Director Oliver Bakewell reflects on whether the inclusion of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals raise more questions than it answers. More...

They herded us into the aircraft like cattle

Read IMI Senior Research Officer Robtel Neajai Pailey on her recent experiences of travelling with an African passport, 'They herded us into the aircraft like cattle', part of the ‪#TravelAfrican‬ series she founded.

'I thought I’d become immune to the indignities of traveling with an African passport, but an encounter last month proved me wrong.' More...

MULTIMEDIA


We publish a range of audio podcasts that includes lectures and discussions on migration issues from IMI events and the IMI seminar series that can be downloaded and listened to for free. All of our latest podcasts available to download from the IMI website, University of Oxford Podcasts and iTunes.

IMI Hilary term seminar series: Migration, politics and political change

IMI's Hilary term seminar series, which has focused on migration, politics and political change, is available for download via Oxford Podcasts. Among this term's speakers were:

Ali R Chaudhary and Marieke van Houte (IMI): Migration, politics and political change: Introduction to the seminar series and preliminary TRANSMIC findings Listen to the full podcast...

Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute): A multilevel citizenship puzzle Listen to the full podcast…

The Changing Face of Global Mobility: Video presentations

28 video presentations from our The Changing Face of Global Mobility conference are available to watch in full via our YouTube channel. More...
 

Fight Gbagba: there is nothing uniquely African about corruption

Watch IMI Senior Researcher Robtel Neajai Pailey's TEDxEuston talk, in which Robtel discusses her 'bloodless revolution' to fight Gbagba (corruption) in Liberia, while reminding us all that there is nothing inherently African about corruption. Gbagba is not just about private or public sector graft, says Robtel, but also the dubious ways in which we all cheat the system. More...
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