Centre for Migration Studies

Part of Department of Sociology

We address critical issues surrounding migration.

Our centre addresses issues such as human rights, immigration policies, forced migration, education, citizenship, political engagement, social cohesion, religion, human trafficking, race, ethnicity and identity.

We seek to bring this multidisciplinary research together to foster academic exchange and encourage collaboration across the University, with academics from the UK and with colleagues from the University of Cologne (Germany), Kobe University (Japan), University of California Davis and Los Angeles (USA), CIESAS (Mexico) and UNED (Spain). Maybe mention we are based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex (why is this good??)

Our research

 Our aims

  • To investigate the kinds of inequality and power relationships exist between host society and the foreign born in relation to rights and citizenship
  • To determine the role of civil society in the process of reception and social inclusion of migrants, especially for refugees
  • To discuss the connections between migration, social control and crime
  • To explore diasporic identities, migrants narratives and cultural productions
  • To understand the divergent pathways of immigrants and their children in school, work, social and political life
  • To examine the challenges and barriers that European countries face in managing the mobility of persons to realise competitiveness and growth

Our research

The Centre for Migration Studies is an umbrella for a wide range of research that examines causes and consequences of the movement of people across international borders. Our research takes a variety of empirical approaches, including quantitative, qualitative and experimental methodologies as well as applied investigations in our School of Health and Social Care and the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. Our research projects are funded by a range of bodies including the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, and the European Union Framework Programmes.

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Centre for Migration Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Department of Sociology University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873049