Latest news from International Migration Insitute - June 2016
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Please find below the latest International Migration Institute (IMI) update on all our recent research activities, events and publications.



IMI part of consortium awarded European Commission Horn of Africa project

IMI director Oliver Bakewell will lead research on migration and development as part of a €4 million project to establish a Research and Evidence Facility in support of the work of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in the Horn of Africa.

The work of the Trust Fund aims to support stabilisation and address the root causes of irregular migration and displacement in Africa.

The 30-month contract has been awarded to Dr Laura Hammond, Head of Development Studies at SOAS University of London, who will lead the consortium with IMI and Nairobi-based think tank Sahan Research.


The relationship between social capital and health: What mechanisms and empirical evidence

8 June 2016, 4pm, Seminar Room 3, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

As part of his Astor Visiting Lectureship, Professor Richard Scheffler (UC Berkeley School of Public Health) will give a public lecture on the relationship between social capital and health.

Professor Scheffler will also give lectures on Obamacare and pay for performance in health care systems elsewhere in the University. More...

Profits, predation, and the 'bioeconomy' of border controls

16 June 2016, 1pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

In a special seminar co-hosted by Border Criminologies, COMPAS, and IMI, Dr Ruben Andersson (London School of Economics and Political Science) will examine the business of migrant reception and detention facilities as a 'bioeconomy' in order to highlight how punitive controls facilitate specific forms of profiteering and predation. More...

Why do people migrate?

25 June 2016, 5pm, Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX

Why do people move? How do you decide between the risk it takes to make the journey, and the opportunities it may bring you? Based on a live experiment on Broad Street (which will take place earlier on 25 June), and part of Oxfordshire Science Festival, this discussion featuring Marieke van Houte explores the personal characteristics one needs to have to become a migrant, and highlights the latest research on migrations. More...


Potsdam spring dialogue - African migration governance

Between 7 and 8 April Oliver Bakewell participated in Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden's 2016 Postdam spring dialogue, acting as commentator during a discussion on freedom of movement as part of the two-day meeting on Pathways towards Coordinated African Migration Governance: The African Regional Organisations’ Role.

More than 70 high-level African and European migration experts joined together to critically appraise the regional mechanisms for implementing migration governance in Africa, and to jointly identify and discuss priorities and fields of action for comprehensive refugee and migration governance in Africa, a continent in which intra-African migration is considerable and growing. More...

TRANSMIC mid-term review

On 25 May, IMI Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researchers Ali R. Chaudhary and Marieke van Houte joined the TRANSMIC consortium for a mid-term review meeting with the European Commission at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. The IMI team received positive reviews of their completed and ongoing research from the European Commission. In the upcoming final six months of the IMI project, both Ali and Marieke plan to finalise the dissemination of their respective research findings in academic journals, the IMI working paper series and through various public and social media outreach activities. More...


Revisiting Moroccan Migrations

In Revisiting Moroccan Migrations, a new publication by Routledge, previously published as a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies, contributors draw on contemporary migration theories to explore current trends in Moroccan migration, including a chapter by Dominique Jolivet on migration feedback loops in four Moroccan regions. More...

The effect of visas on migration processes

Using unique migration and visa data from the DEMIG project, Mathias Czaika and Hein de Haas look at the short- and long-term effects of travel visa policy regimes on immigration and emigration in new research published in International Migration Review. Their research shows that the immigration-reducing effect of migration restrictions like visas is to a large extent undermined by a simultaneous emigration-reducing effect, whereby the return of migrants is discouraged, which decreases overall circulation and encourages long-term settlement. More...

'Refugee voices', new social media and politics of representation: Young Congolese in the diaspora and beyond

Based on research with young Congolese in the diaspora, new research from Marie Godin and Giorgia Doná shows how refugees use social media tools to challenge conventional understandings of 'refugee voices'. More...

Democratic Republic of the Congo: A migration history marked by crises and restrictions

A profile published by the Migration Policy Institute, co-authored by Marie-Laurence Flahaux, presents the migration history of one of the most populous countries in sub-Saharan Africa, charting the changing patterns of Congolese migration over the last 50 years. More...

African migration: Is the continent really on the move?

An article published in the news magazine of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, N-IUSSP, assesses the volume and geographical orientation of African emigration against unproven perceptions that African migration is massive and increasing, and mainly directed toward Europe. The article by Marie-Laurence Flahaux and Hein de Haas shows African migrants overwhelmingly migrate within Africa. More...

The role of migration policy changes in Europe for return migration to Senegal

In an article published in International Migration Review, Marie-Laurence Flahaux reveals that Senegalese migrants to Europe are less likely to return when entry restrictions become tighter, and their decision to return depends on the possibility of their migration again after their return. More...

Women’s resilience: Integrating gender in the response to Ebola

According to a 2007 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, infectious diseases tend to unmask already entrenched gender disaparities in societies struggling to cope with them. In this report for the African Development Bank, Robtel Neajai Pailey examines the disproportionate effect on women of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More...

Encountering difference

Former IMI director and emeritus professor Robin Cohen has co-authored with Olivia Sheringham a book on how people from various societies learn to live with social diversity and cultural difference. Published by Polity, Encountering Difference considers how the concepts of identity formation, diaspora and creolization shed light on the processes and geographies of encounter. More...


Triadic political opportunity structures: Re-conceptualising immigrant transnational politics

The second TRANSMIC working paper, by Ali R Chaudhary and Dana M Moss, proposes a new theoretical framework to understand immigrant transnational politics. More...

Chiefs, migrants and the state: Mobility in the Ghana–Togo borderlands

Nathalie Raunet (a former MSc Migration Studies student now reading for her PhD at Birmingham University) looks at the interaction between chiefs, migrants and the state in the Ghana‒Togo borderlands in a paper published jointly with COMPAS. More...


A new generation of thinkers: On ways forward for migration and development policy and research

At the end of their course on Migration, Development and Conflict, in which they studied related theories, empirical evidence and policies, course tutor Marieke van Houte asked her MSc in Migration Studies students to come up with constructive recommendations on how to apply their learning to take research and policy on migration and development forward. More...


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 Trinity term seminar series

IMI's Trinity term seminar series is available for download via Oxford Podcasts. Among this term's speakers are:

Robtel Neajai Pailey (IMI): Birthplace, bloodline and beyond: How 'Liberian citizenship' is currently constructed in Liberia and abroad Listen to the full podcast...

Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics): The cultural transmission of the fertility transition: Evidence from internal migrations in 19th century France Listen to the full podcast…
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