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Details on events held in 2012, see below

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10th Turkish Migration Studies (TurkMiS) Workshop

'The migration transition of Turkey - from an emigration to an immigration country. New realities, new policy changes'

28 March 2013, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Conveners: Franck Düvell, (COMPAS), University of Oxford and M. Murat Erdogan, Hacettepe University Migration and Politics Research Center (HUGO)

For more details visit TurkMiS

Migration and Human Rights: Trends and Priorities for Action

Wednesday 5 March, 14:00 - 15:30
Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road

Speaker: Dr. Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights 

COMPAS and the University of Oxford's Human Rights Hub are pleased to host this talk. The event will be chaired by Dr. Sarah Spencer (COMPAS) and comments will be provided by Dr. Cathryn Costello (Director, Human Rights Hub).



Conceptualizing and Measuring Immigration Policies: The Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) Index

Wednesday 5 March, 12:00 - 13:00
COMPAS, University of Oxford

Speaker: Dr Marc Helbling, WZB Berlin Social Science Center 

This seminar will discuss the  Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) Index. This project builds a dataset on immigration policies in all OECD countries for the period 1980-2010. It will open a completely new research field and allow researchers to study the causes and effects of immigration policies and developments across time more systematically. Contrary to existing indices this index will be conceptually more comprehensive and distinguish between (1) all relevant policy fields, (2) regulations that create/constrain rights and control mechanisms, (3) external regulations that concern border crossing and thus eligibility criteria and conditions and internal regulations that concern the status and rights of immigrants.

To attend, please register by emailing 

Migration Film Showings

Hilary Term, Tuesdays 4.30pm, 64 Banbury Rd. 

Weeks 3, 5, 6, 7 (4 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar)

Convened by Mette Berg

A series of documentaries about migration and migrants followed by discussion.

Week 3 (4 Feb): Last Train Home
Week 5 (18 Feb) Here to Stay
Week 6 (25 Feb): Harvest of Empire
Week 7 (4 March): Migrant Express


Politics beyond borders: Emigrants and emigration states

Tuesday 25 February, 13:00 - 14:30
Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, Manor Road

Speaker: Professor Roger Waldinger, UCLA
Convenors: Department of Sociology and COMPAS

This paper develops a framework for analyzing the political sociology of emigration. The paper emphasizes the dualities at the heart of the migration phenomenon: immigrants are also emigrants, aliens are also citizens, foreigners are also nationals, non-members are also members. At once of the sending state, but not in it, the migrants are members whose everyday cross-border connections and ongoing needs draw the sending state across the borders; residing abroad, however, their claims to belonging are undermined by their presence on foreign soil. At once in the receiving state but not of it, the migrants can access the economic and political resources available in their new home, using them to gain leverage in the home left behind; yet as outsiders, their rights are circumscribed and their acceptance is uncertain, vulnerabilities that can be aggravated if continuing homeland involvement triggers the suspicion of receiving state nationals. Both conditions activate interventions by home states seeking to influence and protect nationals abroad. While extension to the territory of another state keeps options inherently limited, even modest engagements can inflame the passions of receiving state nationals, already anxious about the foreigners in their midst.

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People on the Move: Celebrating a Decade of Migration

22 February, 18:00 - 19:30
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford

As part of our ten year celebrations we will be hosting a public reception called 'People on the Move'. The event will include photo exhibitions and poetry readings featuring winners from our past competitions. Join our exploration of mobility through poems and images. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is open to all. Please register if you would like to attend

Decade of Migration

21 - 22 February 2014
Merton College, Oxford

This international conference will mark the 10 year anniversary of COMPAS and look to future research agendas. Bringing together leading academics and senior practitioners from across the world, this event will discuss how migration research has re-configured the social sciences over the past 10 years and in turn how changes in the social sciences have influenced the study of mobility and migration, their patterns, consequences and policies.

Speakers will include: Saskia Sassen, Ash Amin, Roger Waldinger, John Urry, Robin Cohen, Fiona Williams, and Vikki Bell

Registration for this event is now closed. 

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