Exploring Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond

Why do some migrants set off the movement of thousands of people, while others are followed only by a few, or remain virtually alone in the destination country? Some answers can be found in the variation in economic and social conditions in different places. Another vital part of the puzzle relates to the historical, social and cultural practices of migration: those who move now are following in the footsteps of those who left before. This conference examines how enduring patterns of migration emerge, are sustained and decline; the mechanisms by which the migration processes of yesterday influence those of today; and the role of the migrant as a social actor in the face of these historical and social processes.


Thomas Faist, Douglas Massey and Ewa Morawska are all giving keynote speeches at IMI's big THEMIS project conference in Oxford in September 2013.

THEMIS researchers have been taking a fresh look at how patterns of migration to Europe develop, focusing on the conditions that encourage initial moves by pioneer migrants to become established migration systems (or not). Based on field research, the project has aimed to bridge the theories on the initiation and continuation of migration, and to integrate the concept of agency in a systems theory approach.

The themes for the 2013 concluding conference are:

  1. Emergence and Development of Migration Systems
  2. Feedback Processes in Migration
  3. Migrants as Social Actors

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2013.


Time and Place:

Date:   Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Venue:   Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Address:   Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
City/Twon:   Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
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