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Attitudes to Migration and Patterns of Discrimination: Findings from Japan, the UK, Colombia, and Peru

2 Feb 2024, Convened by Migration Oxford

COMPAS Boardroom

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Time: 11 am - 1 pm (UK)

This event aims to present the differences in attitudes to migration and patterns of discrimination among receiving society members in Japan, the UK, Colombia, and Peru towards various migrant groups in those countries. Adam Komisarof will examine the diverging criteria for social acceptance in Japanese society towards immigrants from China, Western countries, and ethnic Japanese from South America, employing frameworks of national identity and social markers of acceptance. He will also detail how this approach may be applied in other countries' contexts. Will Allen will share findings about the differences in migration attitudes towards Venezuelans in Colombia and Peru and the factors accounting for those variations. Mariña Fernández-Reino will describe perceptions of discrimination among migrant minorities in the UK (EU and non-EU migrants) and identify how such perceptions change based upon variables including the proportion of native British individuals within respondents’ social circles and respondents’ familiarity with the British public and political discourse. Robin Cohen, an international expert in globalization, migration, and diaspora studies, will act as Discussant. Frameworks and theories to expand our understanding of discrimination will be introduced from various fields (acculturation psychology, sociology, and political science) and include, for example, social markers of acceptance (as detailed in Komisarof et al., 2023) and social network theory. Robust cross-national findings will be rooted in data collected in four nations on three continents and used to inform the dialogue between the audience, discussant, and presenters after the discussant and presenters have spoken.


  • Adam Komisarof, Professor, Keio University
  • Mariña Fernández-Reino, Senior Researcher, Migration Observatory, COMPAS
  • William Allen, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • Robin Cohen (Discussant), Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Following the welcoming from the Migration Oxford convener, invited speakers will deliver presentations on their research as described above, followed by the discussant’s remarks. The speakers and discussant will then welcome questions and comments from the audience and engage in a dialogue to further discuss the event’s main themes. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is open to students and migration researchers at all stages of their careers, including senior scholars leading participatory research projects from across the Social Sciences Division. Members of the Oxford Sanctuary Community are also warmly invited to attend.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Abril Rios Rivera at

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You might also be interested in this related event convened by Migration Oxford: The Roles of Acculturation Pressures and Migration Reasons on Subjective Well-Being for Migrants: Findings from Japan, Australia, the US, and the UK.