Franck Düvell

Franck Düvell

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher

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Franck Düvell is an Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at COMPAS, primarily working on projects in the Flows and Dynamics, Citizenship and Belonging, and Welfare clusters.

He has a PhD in Sociology, and was research fellow at the European University Institute, Florence and the University of Exeter. Prior to coming to COMPAS he was a lecturer in sociology, geography and political science at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS), University of Bremen and continues to be an associated fellow of CEuS

Franck has worked on irregular immigration, highly skilled migrants, health issues, and aspects of migration politics and management on EU and international level. He also works closely with migrants and refugee rights agencies all over Europe. Currently his projects include work on East West Migration and Transit Migration through Turkey and Ukraine.

Read Franck Duvell's online Diary on Human Migration Research
Selected Publications
Related activities

Selected Publications

Transit migration: a blurred and politicised concept, Population, Space and Place, 2010: DOI: 10.1002/psp.631

Tranzitnaia migratsia i tranzitnie strani: teoria, praktika i politika regulirovania [Transit Migration, Transit Countries: Theories, Cases, and Politics]. Moscow: University book, 2009 (with Irina Molodikova)

Ethical Issues in irregular migration research in Europe, Population Space and Place, 16 (3) 2010: 227-239 (with Anna Triandafyllidou and Bastian Vollmer).

Migration, Minorities, Marginality: New directions in European Research. In Rumford, Chris (ed.), Handbook of European Studies, London: Sage, 2009, 328-346.

Full list of publications



At the Fringes of Europe: transit migration in Ukraine

Eumagine: Imagining Europe from the outside. The cases of Ukraine, Turkey, Senegal and Morocco

Iraqi, Afghan and other refugees in Turkey: Barriers to protection

Fundamental rights of irregular immigrants in the EU (FRIM)

Recently completed

Clandestino - Counting the Uncountable: Data and Trends across Europe - Irregular Migration in the U.K.

Transit, Migration and Politics: Trends and Constructions on the Fringes of Europe

Related Activities

Turkish Migration Studies Group (TurkMiS), Convenor

TurkMiS aims to concentrate research conducted at Oxford University, across the various departments, colleges and institutes, on migration from, to and through Turkey and its vicinity and related politics in the fields of migration, refugees, European affairs and international relations. It seeks to present what is known, to identify knowledge gaps and encourage research into these. For this purpose the studies group also aims link up with researchers across Europe and in Turkey.

First TurkMiS report

Turkey: Migration Potential to the UK in the context of EU Accession.
Written in preparation for the House of Commons/Home Affairs Committee, 8/3/2011, session on 'the implications of Turkish accession to the EU for the Justice and Home Affairs area', to which Franck Düvell was invited to give evidence'


Franck Düvell, Bastian Vollmer (2011), European Security Challenges. EU-US Immigration Systems, Florence: European University Institute/Robert-Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

A report on migration and borders, security challenges for the European Union, compiled for an EU-funded project lead by the European University Institute/Robert-Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (EUI/RSCAS, Florence) and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington).


International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna (ICMPD), contract senior researcher, academic advisor

Migration Research Centre, Koc University (MiReKoc), Istanbul, academic adviser

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migration (PICUM), member of executive committee

International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) Network

Center for European Studies (CEuS), University of Bremen, fellow



Cetta Mainwaring, DPhil student, International Relations, Recentring on the Margins of Migration Controls: Malta, Cyprus and the European Union (2008-2011)

Esra Kaytaz, DPhil student, anthropology, Perceptions of Risk and Migratory Decisions: The Case of Afghans in Turkey (2009-)

Kristen Biehl, DPhil student, anthropology, tbc (2010-)
Nora Ratzmann, MSc student, Development studies, The European Neighbourhood Policy: Development or Security Policy? Migration Management in Moldova (2010-2011)

Recently completed

Marieke Wissink, MSc student, Nijmegen University, The dynamics of intentionality and the situated agency of irregular migrants in a transit migration hub in Turkey (2009-10)
Visiting academics

Yasemin Akis, PhD student, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Transit migration and socio-economic incorporation of Iranian refugees (2010-11)

Fessum Ghirmazion, DPhil student, University of Marburg, Die Arbeitnehmerfreizügigkeit im EU-Osterweiterungsprozess. Deutschland und  Großbritannien im Vergleich (2009-10)

Marta Biernath, DPhil student, University of Warsaw, Migrant Institutions and social capital. The case of Ukrainian and Armenian migrants in Poland (2009-10)

Lucia Kurekova, DPhil student, Central European University, Budapest, Labor migration dynamics in the enlarged Europe: from job search to skill search (2009-10)