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Rethinking integration for the age of superdiversity: how to adapt public services?

Thursday, 18 June 2015
12:00 - 16:30, Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19 Brussels, Belgium

This Migration Policy Institute Europe public discussion will explore how a coordinated approach to integration may create more effective and inclusive approaches to diversity across the policy-making spectrum. Presenters will examine how national governments and the European Union can better support local authorities dealing with high population turnover (particularly in schools and housing), how a greater awareness and increased representation of diversity can more effectively be embedded in all public services, and how the European Union can incorporate the lessons learned at the local, regional, and national levels so that European funding streams are working, in a complementary fashion, towards the same goals. The discussion will also cover the findings of the UPSTREAM project, a multicountry study funded by the European Integration Fund that looks at the practice of mainstreaming in early childhood education, multilingual classrooms, antiracism, and equality strategies, and neighbourhood and housing policy.

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UK launch of MIPEX 2015

Thursday 11 June
14:00 - 17:00, House of Lords

MIPEX is a global index of integration policy, which uses hundreds of indicators to measure countries’ commitment to the integration of legal migrants. The index is the work of the Migration Policy Group based in Brussels and CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University is the UK partner.

The last edition of the index was published in 2010, and the UK scored in the top 10. In the new index, five years later, after a period of fiscal austerity and changed political priorities, find out how Britain compares with other countries in areas such as citizenship, anti-discrimination, family reunion, migrant workers’ rights and the education of immigrant children. 

Coming shortly after the election and looking back over the five years of the previous parliament, the debate at the launch event will clarify the integration agenda for the coming parliament. 

If you would like to attend, please contact 

Report launch: Local government responses to destitute children and families subject to immigration welfare restrictions

Wednesday 3 June, 10:00 - 12:00
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London 

This event launches the report "Local government responses to destitute children and families subject to immigration welfare restrictions". 

This research, funded by The Nuffield Foundation, explores a contradiction between a requirement in immigration law that excludes some families from accessing support from the welfare state (‘no recourse to public funds’) and a provision in the Children Act 1989 (Section 17) that requires local authorities to provide services to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child that is ‘in need’ and to keep families together. It sets out the findings of an 18 month study conducted in 2013-2014 which investigated the challenges to which that contradiction gives rise, for local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and for the children and families concerned. The event will include a presentation, and Q&A with a panel of experts. 

If you would like to attend, please contact 

The report will be available on the project webpage from Wednesday 3 June 2015.

Migrants and Refugees in Turkey: TurkMiS 11th Workshop

Friday 29 May, 12:00 - 18:00
Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road

COMPAS is hosting the 11th workshop by the Turkish Migraiton Studies Network (TurkMiS). This workshop will consider the Syrian refugee crisis as well as new migrations through Turkey. Speakers will include Ayla Deniz (Ankara University), Kamyar Jarahzadeh (University of Oxford), Duygu Cantekin (Middle East Technical University), and Müge Dalkiran (Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Kültür University).

To attend, please contact Franck Düvell, (

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MIGRALAC in Oxford

Monday 18 May, 13:00 - 17:20
Harris Manchester College, Oxford

This is the second of three conferences by the The Latin American and Caribbean Migration Research (MIGRALAC) network this year: the third and last one will be held at the University of Birmingham in October. The Oxford conference is co-organised by Carlos Vargas-Silva, COMPAS. 

The aim of the conferences is to bring together doctoral students and academics as well as researchers and practitioners from outside academia to explore diverse themes relating to Latin American and Caribbean migration.

Please register for this event via Eventbrite. For further information please contact Isabel Ruiz: Attendance must be confirmed by 10 May.

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Undocumented Migration Children's Lives and Stories

Thursday 19 March, 7pm
Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, London NW10 3ST

This performance is inspired by monologues commissioned from academic research into the daily life of migrant children in the UK, with a focus on the effects of lack of immigration status. The performers, 10 students of varying ages, from Capital City Academy have worked to create a thoughtful piece of theatre exploring the emotional and practical implications of being undocumented. They have adapted the script to best display their understanding and interpretations of the stories. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the students and a panel of researchers. 

The interviews on which the piece is based were conducted as part of the project "Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK", which aimed to advance knowledge on the experiences and everyday lives of irregular migrant children in the United Kingdom, to cast light on the challenges facing the communities in which they reside and to explore services and resources available to them in particular in relation to health, education and employment.  

This performance is part of the COMPAS project "Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools", which explores issues around migration with students using theatre. The researchers on the project have worked with students in Thame and London, and will also soon be taking the project to Birmingham. 

To attend, please register by e-mailing 

Migrants at Work: Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour Law

2:30 pm, Friday 13 February
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road

This event launches the new publication "Migrants at Work: Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour Law". Edited by Cathryn Costello & Mark Freedland (Law, University of Oxford), it includes work by Bridget Anderson (COMPAS), Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL), Bernard Ryan (Leicester), Martin Ruhs, (COMPAS), Sandra Fredman (Oxford) and Alan Bogg (Oxford). 

Refreshments will be provided. 

Places are strictly limited, so early booking is advisable

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