IMISCOE

October 2019

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IMISCOE New Infrastructure

With this newsletter IMISCOE proudly shares its new research infrastructure, which consists of 10 standing committees and 3 research initiatives. The Standing Committees cover the main topics in migration studies and will structurally be part of and supported by IMISCOE. Research Initiatives are supported for one year, which means that there will be announced a new call each year in February/March.
For more information on standing committees and research initiatives please see below.

 

An overview of the current Standing Committees 

 

 

SC Reflexive Migration Studies

Given the growth, relevance and responsibility of migration studies, the overall aim of this standing committee is to push forward a reflexive (and self-reflexive) perspective. 



SC Migrant Transnationalism 

The objective of the Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism (MITRA) is to provide an arena within IMISCOE for exchange on migrant transnationalism.



SC Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation

The Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation Standing Committee (MIGCITPOL) offers a unique forum to researchers working in the fields of migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation in sending and receiving societies. 



SC Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change 

DIVCULT aims to better understand the relevance of arts and culture in the theoretical and policy debates about immigrant incorporation and diversity in Europe and beyond.



SC Older Migrants

In 2010, when then the Research initiative ‘Ageing Migrants’ started its activity, this was a little studied topic. The research projects conducted by members of the group and the publications have been growing along with the development of our network that has become a Standing Committee (SC).



SC Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research

The new Standing Committee “Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research” (GenSeM) brings together and supports IMISCOE-affiliated scholars whose research focuses on the areas of gender, sexuality and migration.



SC  Immigration, Immigrants and the labour market in Europe

The link between increasing migration, labour market dynamics and access to welfare resources are central to the debate on both immigration and integration policies of newly arrived migrants and their children. Negative views on the socio-economic effects of migration, often based on scarce scientific or empirical evidence, influence the political debate around these themes.



SC Migration Politics and Governance 

The Migration Politics and Governance (MigPoG) Standing Committee (SC) takes a broad and comprehensive approach to the study of migration policy, one which aims at promoting dialogue between scholars focusing on the politics and governance of migration.



SC Education and social inequality

Education has been one of the earliest topics dealt with comparatively across countries in the IMISCOE network. The role of education as a key topic was clearly reflected since 2012 in the role of the Standing Committee on Education & Social Mobility, and since 2015 in the role of the Research Cluster on International Student Mobility and Migration.



SC Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research

This SC will provide a forum for discussing methodological approaches and tools in migration research and assessing the best options available for tackling methodological challenges. The SC will build on the former Qualitative and Conceptual Research Cluster’s activities, expanding its scope by including broad range of methodological approaches.


 


An overview of the current Research Groups
 

 

RI Privileged Mobilities: local impacts, belonging and citizenship

Transnational mobility by migrants who are relatively privileged by citizenship, class, ‘race’ and investment capacity is on the increase. PRIMOB brings together researchers working on diverse forms of privileged migration – retirement, lifestyle, investment, amenity, elite, highly skilled and international residential mobilities.



RI Revisiting Return Migration in Shifting Geopolitics 

Recent developments around the world are indicating that the symbolic and the instrumental positioning of return migration within public discourse and migration agendas is changing. Return can be leveraged to serve specific geopolitical goals as it is a highly sensitive issue, which often requires additional resources to be mobilised (e.g., the EU-Turkey agreement). In some contexts, different forms of forced return are appearing as assaults to human rights; e.g., the deportation of the Windrush immigrants and EU citizens in the UK, the recent forced return from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia.



RI Norms and Values in Migration and Integration

Recent developments around the world are indicating that the symbolic and the instrumental positioning of return migration within public discourse and migration agendas is changing. Return can be leveraged to serve specific geopolitical goals as it is a highly sensitive issue, which often requires additional resources to be mobilised (e.g., the EU-Turkey agreement). In some contexts, different forms of forced return are appearing as assaults to human rights; e.g., the deportation of the Windrush immigrants and EU citizens in the UK, the recent forced return from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia.

 

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