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


Change of Director at IMI - a note from Oliver Bakewell

Moving into a new academic year is often a time of change, and I am writing now with news of some important changes at IMI. After much deliberation, I am stepping down as Director, which will enable me to focus more energy on my role as the Research Co-ordinator on Migration and Development for the Horn of Africa Research and Evidence Facility of the EU Trust Fund for Africa over the next couple of years. It has been a great privilege to play a role in building up IMI over the last ten years but it is now time to pass on the reins. I am very happy to announce that from the beginning of October, my colleague Mathias Czaika will take over as the Director of IMI. Mathias has played a vital role in the development of IMI and I know that he has new and exciting plans to take it forward into its second decade. I will continue to be part of IMI as a Senior Researcher but I am happy to pass on the responsibility for its future into the capable hands of Mathias and the rest of the IMI team.

Mathias Czaika said: “Over the last 10 years IMI has not only been established as a place known for sound and thoughtful migration research but has also become a growing network of friends, colleagues, and collaborators around the globe. I consider it both a privilege and responsibility to take up this new role as IMI director, and it is my aim to continue the good work of my predecessors and to consolidate IMI as a research centre.” 

Welcome to new staff

We are delighted to welcome Ruben Andersson, who joins us from the London School of Economics, as Associate Professor of Migration and Development from 1 August. An anthropologist whose research interests are on migration, borders and security with a focus on the West African Sahel and southern Europe, Professor Andersson will be teaching on the MSc in Migration Studies.

Departures and arrivals

We extend our best wishes to Yasser Moullan, who leaves us after two and a half years at IMI as a Research Officer on projects on high-skilled migration and the migration of medical professionals. We wish Yasser all the best in his new position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre of Economics and Management of Indian Ocean (CEMOI), University of Reunion Island, which he begins in January 2017. We also congratulate him on the recent arrival of his daughter Inès.

Over the summer we also congratulated Marie-Laurence Flahaux on the arrival of her son Marius, and Gunvor Jónsson on the arrival of her daughter Amanda.


Sponsor the ODID team running Oxford Half Marathon for Asylum Welcome

Sunday 9 October 2016

A team of runners from IMI and the Refugee Studies Centre are running the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October to raise funds for Asylum Welcome, the Oxford-based charity which welcomes asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire. More...

Seminar series: 'Border crisis, open borders, no border: Radical perspectives in migration studies'

Wednesdays from 12 October 2016, 1pm, Seminar Room 3, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Our new seminar series, 'Border crisis, open borders, no border: Radical perspectives in migration studies', is convened by Julien Brachet and will feature invited speakers as well as IMI visiting fellows, who will tackle issues including border activism, migration governance, border surveillance and how international organisations see migration. More...

Human trafficking: the rise (and fall?) of the Strasbourg case law

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 1pm, Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

In an event co-hosted with Border Criminologies and the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour of the University of Brighton will discuss recent human trafficking Strasbourg case law. More...


Key research outputs from project on Migrants in Countries in Crisis

The EU-funded project 'Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action' which is implemented by ICMPD in collaboration with IMI, has launched an emerging findings report setting out preliminary findings from ongoing research on six crisis situations – in Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Libya, South Africa and Thailand – and the impacts on migrants who are caught in these crisis-affected countries. In addition, two research briefs from the same project look in greater detail at both the long-term socioeconomic implications of crisis-induced migration, and how actors and stakeholders are involved in crisis mitigation. More...


Long-term socioeconomic implications of 'crisis-induced' return migration on countries of origin

This Research Brief from ICMPD presents findings from ongoing research in collaboration with IMI on migrants in countries in crisis. In this brief IMI's Robtel Neajai Pailey explores the long-term socio-economic implications of 'crisis-induced' return migration on countries of origin, based on case studies in Côte d'Ivoire, Lebanon, South Africa, Libya, Thailand and Central African Republic. More...

Birthplace, bloodline and beyond: How ‘Liberian citizenship’ is currently constructed in Liberia and abroad

Based on multi-sited fieldwork conducted in 2012 and 2013 with 202 Liberians in urban centres in West Africa, North America and Europe, Robtel Neajai Pailey examines the ‘Liberian citizenship’ construction through a historical prism. She argues that as Liberia transformed from a country of immigration to one of emigration, so too did conceptualisations of citizenship – moving from passive, identity-based citizenship emphasising rights and entitlements to more active, practice-based citizenship privileging duties and responsibilities. More...


Managing migrant labour in the Gulf: Transnational dynamics of migration politics since the 1930s

Hélène Thiollet looks at migration management in the Gulf monarchies since the 1930s, describing the dynamics of labour import and immigration policies and highlighting the hybrid nature of migration management. She explores the patterns and politics of migration management at the domestic, regional and international level over time to identify changes and continuity, finding that from the colonial premises to the 1970s and the oil boom, the patterns of labour import management proved consistent, shaping immigration as temporary and denying foreign workers socio-economic rights. More...

Transnational transformations: Coupling migration and change

Marieke van Houte proposes an analytical framework to study the dual relationship between migration and change, addressing a two-fold question: what are the consequences of political developments on migration and transnational engagement, and what are the consequences of migration and transnational engagement on politics in the country of origin? More...


Viewing Life Through the Migration Lens: experiences and thoughts post-MSc

In a new series of blog posts, MSc in Migration Studies alumni explore the application of their learning in their new roles. Read Tommaso Trillò sharing thoughts on his own experience of border crossing; Aliyyah Ahad on the increasingly important role played by tech solutions (including those designed by refugees) in responding to the needs of today's refugees, and Jonathan Paul Katz on the importance of plain language in communication with people with disabilities, including migrants with disabilities. More...

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

As global leaders marked the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals, we looked back at Oliver Bakewell's reflection from December 2015 on whether the inclusion of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals raises more questions than it answers. More...

Leaders must recognise migrants as human not hapless

As global leaders met in September at two key summits in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, Robtel Neajai Pailey urged them to recognise that, rather than being helpless, migrants have complex and dignified stories of human resilience. 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 Michaelmas term seminar series

IMI's Michaelmas term seminars will be available for download via Oxford Podcasts shortly after each takes place. Previous terms' seminar series podcasts are available for download now. More...

MSc Migration Studies video

We're proud to premiere a new video showing what's on offer from our MSc in Migration Studies, a 9-month Master's programme taught jointly with our colleagues at COMPAS. The degree course is open for admission in 2017-18, with the first application deadline in January 2017.
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