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Friday, July 27, 2012

Workshop on Migrant Integration, Transnationalism and Return: Call For Papers

Call for Papers:
Workshop on Migrant Integration, Transnationalism and Return

Organized by the Standing committee on Interactions of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism in Europe (IMITE) of the IMISCOE network, organized by Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Hosted by: Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Date: October 25th - 26th 2012
Abstract submission: By 15 August
Further Information & Submission:  Linda Bakker,

Call For Papers

Although both transnationalism and integration are widely studied topics in migration research, the study of interactions between the two, is still fairly recent. Migrants' transnational orientations and their integration processes in destination countries are inherently linked, but the literatures on transnationalism and integration remain quite distinct. The first aim of this workshop is to focus on research that brings together integration and transnationalism, and encourage studies that see integration and transnationalism not as exclusive, but rather as concurrent dimensions of migrant lives.

In relation to integration and transnationalism, return migration is a relevant topic. One scenario is that strong transnational ties might increase the wish to return, as commitment to the host country might also be weak. Another scenario is that negative experiences in the host country might encourage a migrant to return. The second aim of this workshop is thus to explore possible interactions between transnationalism, integration and the possibility of return migration.

Furthermore, in order to bring the study of interactions between migrant integration, transnationalism and return forward, there is a need for a focus on a range of different migrant groups, including different legal statuses (e.g. refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migration) and different geographical origins, often beyond Europe. Through comparisons across different cases, we believe that both theoretical and policy-relevant advances can be made.

About The Workshop

This workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds to discuss migrant integration, transnationalism and return. We invite both quantitative and qualitative researchers who study these topics among different migrant groups to submit an abstract. The workshop will result in a selection of the best papers and these will be collected in a special issue to be submitted to a relevant journal. A modest budget is available for covering travel and accommodation expenses for a limited number of participants.

Submission Of Abstracts 15 August 2012

Are you interested in presenting a paper at this workshop? Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words), together with your name and gender, discipline and position, university/institution and country of residence by August 15 to Linda Bakker,

We expect to send out responses to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by September 1st, and we will be asking selected participants to submit a paper by October 15.


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