December 2019

Newsletter #05



REMINDER: Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award 2020 - Call for Nominations (Deadline 15 January, 2020)

IMISCOE has opened nominations for its 2020 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award. The Network has awarded this prize annually since 2010 to stimulate and recognise excellent PhD research in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe. 

The 2020 competition is open to all PhD recipients whose dissertations were defended within the 24-month period before the deadline for submission of 15 January 2020. Applicants are invited to apply on their own behalf, although dissertation supervisors may also nominate candidates.


Comparative Migration Studies - Call for Special Issues!


CMS accepts proposals for special issues twice a year. The next deadline for submitting proposals is January 8, 2020. Special issue proposals (as PDF files) can be sent to

Check out the full guidelines...»

NEW: Call for paper clusters - Comparative Migration Studies

In addition to Original Articles, CMS introduces Paper Clusters. There will be a continuously call for paper clusters. A paper cluster has no more than 4 articles. All paper cluster proposals will be submitted for internal review by the Editorial Board. CMS continuously publishes articles online on a yearly basis. The paper cluster will be published on our collection page . For more information you can contact us.

Insights from obtaining an ERC grant

Several IMISCOE members have received large and prestigious grants from the European Research Council. Many others have tried without succeeding, and the success factors can be difficult to pin down. Based on his experience of applying, failing, applying again and succeeding, Jørgen Carling has written a paper that extracts insights for future applicants: Pathways to an ERC grant: Learning form success and failure. Jørgen is a Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and has a member of IMISCOE for more than a decade. His current ERC project is called Future migration as present fact and combines theory development with empirical research in West Africa.

EuroMedMig has launched its new website!

The Euro-Mediterranean Research Network on Migration (EuroMedMig) is an independent interdisciplnary research network on migration and diversity on the Mediterranean. It seeks to be a platform promoting multilateral knowledge production, promotion, and exchange. EuroMedMig wants also to be a forum and space for exchanges and networking.

Download Brochure to know more about this Network


New EuroMedMig Working Paper (December 2019, n. 1) is available: A. İçduygu and B. Demiryontar: "Mediterranean’s Migration Dilemma and the EU’s Readmission Agreements: Reinforcing a Centre-Periphery Relation."



IMISCOE Research Series

Call for book proposals 2019 final RESULTS - The winners!

The IMISCOE Springer competitive call for proposals closed on 20 November and thanks to the Editorial Committee’s hard work we already have the three winners of the call. The first prize went to Elif Keskiner, Michael Eve and Louise Ryan for their forthcoming edited volume “Revisiting ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ ties: migrants and their children in the labour market”.

Contributions to this volume critically review the well known theory of Granovetter on the importance of strong and weak ties among migrants or between migrants and natives in helping or undermining socio economic integration processes. Reinhard Schweitzer was awarded the second prize for his authored book “The Micro-management of irregular migration” which looks at how street level bureaucrats react to knowing that one of their ‘customers’ is an irregular migrant. The book is innovative in distinguishing between knowing the information and deciding to act upon it. It compares the role of different organizational and civic cultures in London and Barcelona, looking at health, education and social assistance. Alice Massari won the third prize with her single authored book “Humanitarian Representations and Migration Governance” which critically reviews the ways in which four major NGOs (CARE, Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontier, and Oxfam) campaigned to raise support and donations for Syrian refugees. Alice takes a critical look at these campaigns which aim to support refugees but may end up, Alice warns us, victimizing and infantilizing them.


Books to be published in 2020

Comparative Migration Studies

Recently 2 Special Issues have been published

  • Externalization at Work: Responses to Migration Policies from the Global South, edited by: Inka Stock, Ayşen Üstübici & Susanne U. Schultz.
    The term “externalization” is used by a range of migration scholars, policy makers and the media to describe the extension of border and migration controls beyond the so-called ‘migrant receiving nations’ in the Global North and into neighboring countries or sending states in the Global South.

  • Gendered dynamics of migration and transnational social protection, edited by: Başak Bilecen, Karolina Barglowski, Thomas Faist, and Eleonore Kofman.
    This special collection aims to advance the current debates on transnational social protection further by showing the ways in which formal and informal social protection, which usually are treated as separate entities, intersect and reinforce inequalities on a transnational level. 








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