C-MISE Research Exchange Webinars

10 & 24 Oct, 21 Nov & 5 Dec

Convened by: Myriam Cherti

The C-MISE project will launch its Research Exchange Webinar Series, where invited researchers will share and discuss their findings with the C-MISE network.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome.

These events will take place online (Zoom), and you must register for each webinar. The registration link for each event can be found below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


10 October

(In)Visibility Paradox: Experiences of Irregular Migrants in Barcelona

14:00 – 15:00 (BST)

Speaker: Gülce Safak Özdemir, Pompeu Fabra University

In this inaugural CMISE Research Exchange Webinar, Gülce Safak Özdemir will share findings from her doctoral research that looked at the experiences of irregular migrants in 13 European cities. This webinar will focus on the case of Barcelona, where Gülce explores the (in)visibility paradox, which encompasses three dimensions: institutional (in)visibility, (in)visibility as marginalization, and (in)visibility as strategy. Institutional (in)visibility involves the simultaneous co-existence of institutional invisibility at the national level and institutional visibility at the local level. (In)visibility as marginalization stems from the duality of visibility and invisibility among irregular migrants with intersectional identities like race, gender, or class despite their shared legal status. (In)visibility as a strategy encompasses various performative actions, including street protests to insert claims into the public sphere and camouflage to avoid racial profiling. Institutional (in)visibility is connected to the legal status and rights of irregular migrants, (in)visibility as marginalization is related to their race, gender, or class, while(in)visibility as strategy is a performed action as a response to institutional (in)visibility and/or (in)visibility as marginalization.

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24 October

Visa RoC and C-MISE Joint Webinar

14:00 – 16:00 (BST)

Presentation of findings from VISA RoC Project: Safe reporting in Barcelona, Utrecht, Gent and Milan

This joint Visa RoC and C-MISE webinar will be an opportunity to share and discuss the findings of the Safe Reporting project with the broader C-MISE network. The webinar will focus on the experiences of four European Cities: Barcelona, Utrecht, Gent and Milan.

Please join us for this exciting exchange!

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21 November

(Un)equal services, (un)equal opportunities. Migrants’ social rights in Berlin, Stockholm, London, and New York City.

14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)

Speakers: Karolina Łukasiewicz, Ewa Cichocka, Kamil Matuszczyk, Centre For Migration Research, University of Warsaw; Silver School of Social Work, New York University

Compared to a central level, governing migration in cities is known for better efficiency and participation, producing policies fitting local needs and developing social innovations. However, in the context of central-level curbing migrants’ social rights, local policies also suffer. In this webinar, we will unfold this process and answer how different cities respond to the needs of marginalised migrants through their local welfare systems and analyse factors shaping different types of responses impacting migrants’ social rights. We will use four cases of cities representing different welfare regimes and varying levels of efficiency in poverty reduction: Stockholm, Berlin, London, and New York City. Our analysis is based on comparative qualitative research, including 95 interviews with marginalised migrants and immigrant service providers. We argue that the tendency to shift the responsibility for protecting migrants’ social rights from the national to the local level brings local authorities more autonomy and control and stimulates social innovations. However, it also generates overlooked risks, such as accelerated privatisation of social services that, combined with underfunding, negatively impact cities’ capabilities to respond to the needs of marginalised migrants. In particular, cities representing liberal welfare regimes offer privatised, fragmented and difficult-to-navigate services of unequal quality and consequently perpetuate (un)equal opportunities for marginalised migrants. More generous and less privatised regimes, however, make their services less accessible and inclusive for migrants, dividing people into varying categories of deserving and undeserving support. Our research indicates that negative outcomes of policy decentralisation can be mitigated by more considerable social expenditure, an absorbent labour market and creating more inclusive migrant policies.

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05 December

Everyday Bordering Processes Affecting Undocumented Moroccans in the Borderlands of Ceuta and Melilla, Spain

14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)

Speaker: Nina Sahraoui, Junior Professor, University Paris-Saclay

In this webinar, Nina explores the entanglements of migration control with migrants’ access to social services, notably healthcare and education. The presentation examines how exclusionary policies specific to the Spanish borderlands of Ceuta and Melilla impede undocumented migrants from accessing social services through concrete legal, economic and social barriers, leading them to become ‘externalised within’. The cases of children’s admission to school and pregnant women’s access to healthcare are highly symbolic issues, as these groups tend to be portrayed as vulnerable and benefit from some forms of inclusion in mainland Spain and many other European settings. In the context of Ceuta and Melilla, the marginalisation of undocumented Moroccans is intensified by the divisive effects of border fortification, seen in the weaponising of basic social services. The presentation is based on qualitative fieldwork conducted with undocumented Moroccan women, NGO members, social workers, healthcare professionals and managers in 2016 and 2017.

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Climate Migrants

Hilary 2022

Gender, Love and Migration

Michaelmas 2021

Special Guest Seminars

Trinity Term 2019

In Discussion with Gulwali Passarlay

MSc. Student-led Series

Four one-off seminars

Trinity Term 2018

Beyond Impact?

Hilary Term 2018

person finding a way out

Refugees and the Economy

Michaelmas Term 2017

Talking Oxford

Trinity Term 2017

Migration Research – where next?

Michaelmas Term 2016

Wellbeing and Migration in the UK

Michaelmas Term 2015

Arrival Cities

Michaelmas term 2014

Borders of the welfare state

Trinity term 2014

Boundaries of Freedom

Hilary term 2014

Rethinking Migration

Trinity term 2013

Migration Journeys

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012

Everyday multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity 2012

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2009

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2009

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2008

Migration and Cultural Production

Migration and Cultural Production

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2008

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2008

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2007

Perspectives on African Migration

Perspectives on African Migration

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2007

States and Emigrants

States and Emigrants

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2006

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2005

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2005

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2005