• Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Özge Bilgili (Macimide)
  • Jørgen Carling (Peace Research Institute Oslo)
  • Marta Bivand Erdal (Peace Research Institute Oslo)
  • Melissa Siegel (Maastricht University)
  • Erik Snel (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

This standing committee focuses on the various ways in which migrants’ integration in societies of destination interacts with transnational ties to countries of origin. This overall theme is reflected in more specific lines of inquiry, for instance related to return mobilities, transnational lives, membership in welfare states, and citizenship, as reflected in our conference sessions and seed funding initiatives. The Standing Committee on Interactions of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism in Europe (IMITE) has produced publications, special issues, research projects, conference sessions, workshops and PhD courses, involving more than a hundred scholars, since its establishment in 2011.

The IMITE standing committee is built on long-term collaboration, which has four pillars: research collaboration on particular research projects; joint publications; collaboratively organised conference sessions at the annual IMISCOE conference, and research symposia with PhD courses embedded, organised on an annual basis. During 2018-2019 the IMITE standing committee’s activities reflects the above, with two special issues of peer-reviewed journals in progress, both of which relate to past conference sessions and to the ongoing PRIO-led research project ‘Transnational lives in the Welfare state’ (TRANSWEL).

A conference session at the annual IMISCOE conference in Barcelona, takes its cue from a roundtable discussion organised at the IMISCOE conference in Rotterdam (2017), to explore new directions in research on the interactions of migrant transnationalism and integration.

With support from IMISCOE seed funding, and in collaboration with two research projects, a research symposium and PhD course foregrounding connections between citizenship and the IMITE standing committee’s core focus, will take place at PRIO in November 2018.

Plans for future activities for IMITE for 2019 (and beyond) will be discussed in conjunction with the annual conference in Barcelona, exploring fresh perspectives on the standing committee’s core interests, which appear as promising future directions to explore jointly.


Workshops & Conference sessions

  • IMISCOE workshop 'The Economic and Local Consequences of Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe in a Time of Economic Crisis, CIMIC/EUR, 8th-9th June 2011, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Transnationalism Workshop, Maastricht School of Governance/UNU-Merit, Maastricht, 14 December 2011
  • IMISCOE workshop ‘Migrant transnationalism, integration & return.’ October 25th-26th 2012, Erasmus University, CIMIC/EUR, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • IMISCOE/PRIO Oslo Workshop Workshop on Migrant Integration and Transnationalism in Contemporary Europe, 24-25 October, Oslo, Norway
  • Session on transnationalism at the 9th Annual Conference of IMISCOE,  28-29 August 2012 in Amsterdam
  • Session on transnationalism at 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference, 26-28 August 2013 in Malmo

Special issues 

Articles (selection)

  • Bilgili, Ö., & Siegel, M. (2014). Policy perspectives of Turkey towards return migration: From permissive indifference to selective difference. Migration Letters11(2), 218-228.
  • Snel, E., Faber, M. & Engbersen, G. (2014) 'Civic stratification and social positioning: CEE labour migrants without a work permit.' Population, Space and Place, Advance online publication (FEB 2014)DOI: 10.1002/psp.1846. 
  • Carling, J. & K. Hoelscher (2013) 'Capacity and Desire to Remit: Comparing Local and Transnational Influences.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(6):  939-958
  • Erdal, M., (2013) ‘Migrant Transnationalism and Multi-Layered Integration: Norwegian-Pakistani Migrants’ Own Reflections.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,  39(6): 983-999
  • Engbersen, G., Leerkes, A.S., Grabowska-Lusinska, I., Snel, E. & Burgers, J. (2013) 'On the Differential Attachments of Migrants from Central and Eastern Europe: A Typology of Labour Migration.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(6), 959-981.
  • Oeppen, C. (2013) 'A stranger at 'home': interactions between transnational return visits and integration for Afghan refugees.' Global Networks, 13(2): 261-278
  • Van Bochove, M. & G. Engbersen (2013) 'Beyond Cosmopolitanism and Expat Bubbles: Challenging Dominant Representations of Knowledge Workers and Trailing Spouses.' Population, Space and Place. Advance online publication (10 DEC 2013). DOI: 10.1002/psp.1839
  • Carling, J., Erdal, M.B., and Horst, C., (2012) ‘How does conflict in migrants’ country of origin affect remittance-sending? Financial priorities and transnational obligations among Somalis and Pakistanis in Norway.’ International Migration Review, 46(2): 283-309.
  • Van Meeteren, Masja (2012) 'Transnational activities and aspirations of irregular migrants in Belgium and the Netherlands.' Global Networks, 12(3): 314-332

Book Chapters

  • Engbersen, G. & E. Snel (2013) Liquid migration: dynamic and fluid patterns of post-accession migration flows. In: B. Glorius, I. Grabowska-Lusińska & A.  Rindoks (eds.), Mobility in Transition: Migration Patterns after EU Enlargement. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University, pp. 21-40
  • Engbersen, G. (2012) ‘Migration transitions in an era of liquid migration. Reflections on Fassmann & Reeger’. In: M. Okolski (ed.) Europe:The Continent of Immigrants: Trends, Structures and Policy Implications. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 91-105

Research proposal approved

  • Transnational Lives in the Welfare State (TRANSWEL). Financed by Research Council of Norway. Partners: PRIO Oslo, the University of Oslo & CIMIC Rotterdam.