Michaelmas 2019

City networks and migration governance

Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00
Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

Convened by: Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity and Maison Française d'Oxford

Cities of the North as well of the South face the daily realities of migration in terms of housing, education, health or urban management. This necessity of welcoming immigrants is, however, increasingly at odds with the security approach endorsed by state authorities. The so-called “refugee crisis” in 2015 gave a particular salience to this dissonance and a growing number of local governments now advocate in favour of more flexible migration management. City networks have formed in the UK, the US, France, Germany, Italy, Africa and Australia while the role of cities in the management of international migrations occupies a growing place in the agenda of international organisations.

This seminar series is meant to foster a dialogue between migration and urban scholars on the one hand and city/civil society representatives on the other. It aims at giving an overview of the scope and effects of this emerging trend on local as well as international policies. How do cities adjust to the growing securitisation of migration policies? What is the agenda of city networks? With regard to the limited outcomes of the Global Compact negotiations and the sclerosis of receiving states on the matter, shall we expect a “local turn” of international migration governance? What kind of multi-level governance linking local, national and international institutions can one foresee?

17 October – 5 December
Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00

Free, no registration needed
All are welcome




A joint seminar series between Maison Française d’Oxford and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)


17 October

The incomplete local turn of integration policies in France

Anouk Flamant, INSHEA, University of Paris Lumière

24 October

'Victims' inclusion or immigration enforcement? City measures on safe reporting of crime for undocumented migrants in the USA

Nicola Delvino, the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, COMPAS, University of Oxford

31 October

The role of academia in agenda and policy making at the local level: the city working group model

Jacqui Broadhead, the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, COMPAS, University of Oxford

07 November

French Cities membership in European migration networks: understanding the (dis)involvement in transnational city networks

Aisling Healy, Triangle, University of St Etienne &
Aude-Claire Fourot, Simon Fraser University

14 November

Transforming intercultural integration internationally: the example of Intercultural Cities

Anne Bathily, Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe

21 November

Mediterranean Thinking in migration studies: reassessing the role of Mediterranean cities

Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Universitat Pompeo Fabra, Barcelona

28 November

Seminar: cancelled

Due to planned strike action taking place from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December, this seminar has been cancelled.

05 December

Cities and the search for a governance of mobility

Colleen Thouez, Open Society Foundations and Cécile Riallant, International Organisation for Migration

Discussant: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Science Po, Paris

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MSc. Student-led Series

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Trinity Term 2018

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Hilary Term 2018

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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

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Gender, Migration and Citizenship

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Seminar Series Michaelmas 2009

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

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Seminar Series Hilary Term 2009

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

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Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2008

Migration and Cultural Production

Migration and Cultural Production

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2008

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

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Seminar Series Hilary Term 2008

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2007

Perspectives on African Migration

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Seminar Series Trinity Term 2007

States and Emigrants

States and Emigrants

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2006

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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

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Seminar Series Hilary Term 2005