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IMISCOE and CERC Migration

May 13, 2020
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CERC Migration joins prestigious European research network and brings important editorial role to Ryerson University.

International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (IMISCOE) (external link, opens in new window)  is Europe’s largest research network in the field of migration, integration and diversity. The interdisciplinary network contributes theory-based analyses and provides the widest possible access to its work through Open Access publishing.

Ryerson University has recently joined IMISCOE as one of its 55-member institutions and the only member in the Americas.

“Migration processes are highly interconnected throughout the world,” says Anna Triandafyllidou, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson. “To make a contribution to global understanding, CERC Migration must be well connected to important international networks. IMISCOE will provide a vital link between CERC Migration and Europe.”

Ryerson now hosts the editorial committee of the IMISCOE Springer book series for which Triandafyllidou is chair. The series presents empirical and theoretical research and is internationally peer reviewed. IMISCOE has also announced that Triandafyllidou will be a keynote speaker for its 17th Annual Conference (external link, opens in new window)  in July 2020, which will take place online. She will speak on mobilities and immobilities in pandemic times.

New book:  Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe: Evolving Conceptual and Policy Challenges (external link, opens in new window) 

Triandafyllidou and Sarah Spencer, Director of Strategy and Senior Fellow, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, released a new book on migrants with irregular status in Europe as part of the IMISCOE Springer book series. The book addresses the complex challenges of irregular stay and work and the evolving policy responses at all levels of government from the international to local level. It takes the reader through the ethical and legal dilemmas and provides a sociological and policy analysis of related governance issues.

Maurizio Ambrosini, professor of Sociology of Migration at the University of Milan, writes, “[this] group of gifted researchers, brought together by Anna Triandafyllidou and Sarah Spencer, has provided sound knowledge about present social issues surrounding irregular immigration. Questions such as the very distinction between regularity and irregularity, the fluid and dynamic forms of unauthorized migrations, their connections with labour market needs of receiving societies, the reasons for the persistence and reproduction of this phenomenon, have been discussed with great accuracy and brilliant competence. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to approach this contentious issue with an open spirit, scientific glance and intellectual curiosity."

The book is available through Open Access (external link, opens in new window)  and will be important reading for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers as well as for students who are concerned with irregular migration in Europe.  Sarah Spencer provides an overview of the book here. (external link)