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COMPAS Newsletter

May 2015

Welcome to the latest COMPAS Update. Here we give a round up of COMPAS' research work and dissemination activities, including forthcoming events, recent publications and other news. 

News and notices

COMPAS Recruitment 
COMPAS is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and well organised Administrative Assistant and Receptionist on a fixed-term basis. The role will be split between two units at the School of Anthropology; COMPAS and and Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA). The application deadline is 27 May 2015More details
COMPAS Photo Competition 2015
This year the theme of the COMPAS Photo Competition will be "Re-Creating Migration". Keep a look out for further information soon, and get your creative thinking caps on! 
Autumn Academy: Residential course on cities and integration 
As part of the Action for Inclusion in Europe project COMPAS is running a five day residential course in Oxford, 5 - 9 October 2015, on cities and integration for practitioners and local policy makers working at city level. The course will cover a variety of issues including the role of cities and their partners in integration and the different approaches to policy intervention across Europe. See here for details and how to apply. Deadline for application, 1 June 2015. 
Joint blog series on gender & migration
Following the success of our joint blog series with Politics in Spires, we have now joined forces with Border Criminologies to bring you a joint series on "Gender & Migration". This blog series looks into our understanding of the relationship between gender and migration and aims to help us reflect on the role gender plays in the causes and consequences of migration and how migration policy and scholarship is itself deeply gendered. A new blog in this series is posted every Friday. 


Breakfast Briefings
The COMPAS Breakfast Briefings Series continues its 5th session. The briefings present topical, cutting edge research on migration and migration related issues. These events are by invitation only, but if you would like to attend, just get in touch! 

The next briefing will be on 12 June and 10 July. In June Sarah Spencer and Jonathan Price will discuss challengers for local authorities in providing services to residents without entitlements to welfare benefits. In July the Migration Observatory team will talk about what the 2015 election means for migration to the UK.
Seminar Series: Immigration and Democracy in the UK today
Our current seminar series runs 30 April - 28 May 2015. This series considers the role of immigration on democracy in light of the recent General Election. It covers a range of issues including the loss of trust in British politicians over the issue of immigration, media narratives and their impact on public opinion and policy and the rise of anti-immigration parties and policies.
UK Launch of MIPEX 2015
COMPAS is hosting the UK launch of MIPEX 2015, a global index of integration policy, on the afternoon of 11 June, in London. The last edition of the index was published in 2010 when the UK scored in the top 10. Five years later, after a period of fiscal austerity and changed political priorities, find out how Britain compares with other countries in areas such as citizenship, anti-discrimination, family reunion, migrant workers’ rights and the education of immigrant children. Coming shortly after the election and looking back over the five years of the previous parliament, the debate at the launch event will clarify the integration agenda for the coming parliament. If you would like to attend, please contact
City Working Groups 
This is a second initiative of the Action for Inclusion in Europe project. The City Working Groups element of this project aims to secure tangible reforms in city practices in Europe that address the exclusion of marginal communities via action-oriented learning exchange.Three working groups are being set up, each focusing on a particular area of city- or municipal-level policy and practice: 
  • Cohesion and belonging: building a shared civic identity 
  • Education: engaging parents for better outcomes
  • Homelessness: solutions for excluded migrants 
The deadline for applications has now passed but further information and outcomes will be available soon. 
Migrants and Refugees in Turkey
COMPAS is hosting the 11th workshop by the Turkish Migration Studies Network (TurkMiS) on 29 May. This workshop will consider the Syrian refugee crisis as well as new migrations through Turkey. Speakers will include Ayla Deniz (Ankara University), Kamyar Jarahzadeh (University of Oxford), Duygu Cantekin (Middle East Technical University), and Müge Dalkiran (Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Kültür University).To attend, please contact Franck DüvellMore details. 
This is just an example of COMPAS activities coming up. For information on what else we've been up to see below! 


Have a read....
We've been releasing more publications in print and online since our last newsletter. Here are a few of them:   For more publications, visit our publications page

Other highlights

Awards and Prizes
  • COMPAS has won funding from the  ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative Commissioning Fund for another Breakfast Briefing series in 2015-16 on the migration implications of EU withdrawal, for which academic experts will provide overviews of the implications of the UK leaving Europe in a series of key migration-related areas. For further information, contact Ben Gidley.
Migration in the run up to the 2015 General Election
The Migration Observatory developed a suite of materials to inform the 2015 General Election, including a series of peer-reviewed briefings on immigration topics for Full Fact, the independent fact checking organisation. The briefings covered subjects such as UK migration policy, labour market effects, fiscal impacts, enforcement, benefits and impacts on local public services. Observatory researchers also produced two new analyses of the changing composition of migration to the UK. They showed continued increases in the size of the UK’s foreign-born population since the 2011 Census, but a declining share of newly arrived migrant workers. They also illustrated the shift towards greater shares of European migration since the last election. The new research was widely cited by the BBC, the Financial Times, and other media outlets. The full suite of materials is available on the Migration Observatory website.
DCLG integration round tables
As an initiative of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, Sarah Spencer and Ben Gidley co-organised three closed-door roundtables on integration processes and integration policy with the Integration and Faith Division of the UK's Department of Communities and Local Government, hosted at their London office. The aim was to inform understanding and stimulate debate on integration processes, outcomes and policy interventions. Three experts were commissioned to produce briefings on key evidence questions for each session: Professor Andrew Thompson, Varun Uberoi and Will Somerville on key concepts; Professor Anthony Heath, Nissa Finney and Professor Linda Platt on integration outcomes; and Professor Miles Hewstone, Professor Jenny Philimore and Vidhya Ramalingam on what works. The briefings are available on our website. Ben and Vidhya participated in a further informal workshop at the DCLG, giving evidence on what works in combating extremism. 
Project Upstream 
Upstream, a research project on municipal migrant integration policies across Europe whose UK research is led by Ole Jensen and Ben Gidley, will conclude this summer. The project’s new website is launching at The website will soon feature Ole’s report on how UK cities are mainstreaming migrant education and social cohesion, and Ben’s report on comparing practices across Europe. In March 2015, COMPAS hosted a UK policy roundtable with participation from local and national government officials, and organised a study visit by integration experts from the city of Barcelona, hosted by the London Borough of Southwark and welcomed by the Mayor of Southwark (see Southwark press release). 
There's been a lot happening at COMPAS. Have a look at some of the events we've held over the last several months. Our staff have also been (and will be!) busy in other places. Here are a few examples:
  • Michael Keith has been confirmed as a key note speaker at the conference "Visual Urbanism: Locating Place in Time", on 29 May. 
  • Bridget Anderson gave a lecture on "borders" at the Tate Modern at the end of November. In February she also spoke at UCL at an event on re-thinking impacts of immigration, as part of their series on current legal problems.
  • Bridget and Martin contributed to an event to launch the publication "Migrants at Work: Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour Law", which includes work by both Martin and Bridget.
  • On 20 April, Franck Düvell gave evidence to the Committee on Migration, Asylum and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, speaking on transit migration in the EU's neighbouring countries. 
  • Madeleine Sumption spoke at the Royal Statistical Society in April, as a panellist in a specialist pre-election debate on media and immigration.  
  • COMPAS welcomed a delegation of the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) of the Turkish Ministry of Interior lead by the Head of the Department for Foreigners, Aydogan Asar. Franck Düvell, Madeleine SumptionBridget Anderson and others discussed migration to Turkey and the need for research-based policy development. 
  • In November 2014, Franck participated in a virtual roundtable conference, "Conversations on Europe", at the Migrations Research Centre at Koc University, where he spoke on a panel discussing the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean basin. He also spoke at the Centre's 10 year anniversary, at the conference "Border, Mobility, Diversity - old questions, new challenges".  
  • Ben Gidley contributed to a major parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism, held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. Ben was invited to give oral evidence to the inquiry, and then commissioned to write a sub-report to aid its deliberations. Ben’s sub-report focused on antisemitism in relation to protests during the conflict and was quoted extensively in the inquiry’s final report
  • Ben Gidley was invited to speak at the Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London in April; his talk was entitled “I’m not racist but some of my best friends are: Paradoxes of xenophobia and structures of disavowal”. 
  • In addition, Ben was invited to deliver a one-day intensive “MobilityLab” at Bilkent University in Ankara on migrant integration. The Lab series was organised by Professors Saime Ozcurumez and Can Mutlu of the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration and International Relations at Bilkent, with the support of the British embassy in Ankara. 
  • In May, Mette Louise Berg and Ben Gidley were invited speakers at CRASSH in Cambridge; their talk was entitled “Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity: rethinking the ethnography of superdiversity at the margins of the city”. 
  • In the same month Ben hosted a study visit by Year 8 students from King Solomon High School in Ilford, as part of, “Jewish Migration Routes: From East End to Essex”,  an intergenerational oral history project led by Eastside Community Heritage, funded by the Rothschild Foundation Europe. The project explores Jewish migration into and out of the East End of London and Essex. 
  • In October, Ben was also an invited speaker at the I International Conference on Cultural Diversity and Conflicts in the EU at the University of Valencia; his paper was entitled "Understanding conflict and conviviality in diverse European urban neighbourhoods: putting human rights and social justice back into the integration debate".
  • At the end of April, Caroline Oliver spoke at the Key Concepts Roundtables series at the Institute for Superdiversity (IRiS) at Birmingham University. She spoke on "Intersectionality and superdiversity: What's the difference?" together with Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University and Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education. 
  • Caroline Oliver addressed the topic "Family migration, social rights and impacts on integration in the United Kingdom" as an invited speaker at the CEIFO seminar on Transnational Migration, University of Stockholm on 12 May. She is also invited to speak on this subject at the International Organization for Migration, Malta, Pan-European Conference: Integration of Immigrant Spouses and Children on 28 -29 May.
  • Ida Persson and Vanessa Hughes participated in the Goldsmith's Grad Fest 2015. The students from Capital City Academy who participated in the "Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools" project revived their performance of "Undocumented Migrant Children's Lives and Stories" for the festival. In June Ida and Vanessa will start work for this project with primary school students in Birmingham. 
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