Call for Papers: Integration and Labour Markets

TMC 2017 Athens

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to The Migration Conference 2017. The conference will be hosted by Harokopio University Athens and will convene from Wednesday 23 August to Saturday 26 August 2017. This world congress of Migration Studies creates a forum where scholars, experts, young researchers and students, practitioners and policy makers are encouraged to exchange knowledge, share research and debate the issues that challenge existing modes and models of migration, discourses to understand human mobility, ponder about better policies and practices.

Special Track CfPs: Migration theory | Communications, media and mobility | Gender and mobility | Transnational Social Spaces, Cities and Migration | Gypsies and mobility | Law and Policy | Conflicts and War | Integration & labour markets | Literature and migration | Diasporas and identity | Internal - international migration nexus | Data and methodology | Remittances and development | Germany’s refugee policy | Movers and non-movers | Migration theory

We invite colleagues to submit papers for The Migration Conference 2017 special track sessions on integration and labour markets.

Immigration volume has grown significantly in the last few decades; and the implications for both sending and receiving countries are remarkable. "Challenges of integration are complicated by the widespread anxieties of receiving societies" (Alba & Foner, 2015: 1-2). Integration is a term on which there is no consensus but overall it refers to parity of life chances with members of the host society and being recognised as part of the receiving society. Hence it refers to economic, political, social and cultural spheres. In this particular track we invite contributions looking into employment, self-employment, unemployment, underemployment patterns as well as entrepreneurship among immigrant groups and comparative studies of these groups and host society populations. Multidisciplinary studies are encouraged but we would like to see different disciplinary views and analyses are presented as this is a multi-faceted issue. Legal perspectives, economic perspectives, sociological, psychological and anthropological studies as well as policy perspectives from Political Science, International Relations and Geography disciplines are welcome.

This track of sessions aims to explore the patterns and processes of integration, discrimination, and disadvantages in the labour markets, informal and formal alike. We also encourage theoretical and empirical studies focusing on industrialised countries, developing countries and less developed countries where significant immigrant populations are known to exist.


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We look forward to seeing you in Athens, and if you have any questions regarding this special track please do contact us at:

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Contact: | Website: | @MigrationLetter

* (Source: Alba,R. & Foner, N. (2015). Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe, N. Jersey: Princeton University Press, pp.1-2)


•        migration law and policy•        movers, non-movers •        passport geographies •        culture of migration •        domestic care migration •        return and onward migration •        departures, destinations, arrivals, transit •        migrant children •        refugee children •        borderlands •        trafficking and irregular migration •        retirees and elderly migration •        göç ve edebiyat •       göç ve sinema •       international migration •        internal migration •        migration, arts and culture •        transnational and multicultural practices •        identities, ethnicit(ies), and minorities •       sanat ve göç •        religion and religious communities •        Mexican migration •        migration in the USA •        Refugees in Germany •        British expats •        Brexit and EU migration •        minority diasporas •        Alevis •        Data and methods in migration research •        Grounded theory in migration studies •        Bayesian methods in migration research •        multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism •        refugees and burden sharing •        migration management •        Syrian migration and refugees •        US-Mexico wall and other walls •       Brain drain and brain gain •       Return migration •       Migration history •       conflict and insecurity •       Identity •        households education and human capital •        religious groups •       Retirement migration •        remittances •        migration and development •        migrant consumers and consumption •        social, cultural, and political networks •        migrant associations •        homeland, displacement, Diaspora •        Greece-Turkey border •        new generations in diaspora •        circular migration •       Kurds •       Circassians, Bosnians, Armenians •       Population Exchange •       Syrians and Iraqis •       Nomads, Romanis, Gypsies •        global cities •        Africans in Turkey •       Transit countries •      Balkan migrants •       Migration history •        seasonal migrant workers •        domestic care and migration •        human trafficking •        human smuggling •        forced migration •        discrimination, xenophobia •        migration and inequalities •        anti-immigration •        migration politics •        legal frameworks and policies •        migration and citizenship •        political participation •        asylum and refugees •        health and well-being •        fertility, ageing and migration •        gender roles and sexuality •        assimilation, integration, adaptation, acculturation •        EU-Turkey deals •        mental health •        families and households


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The Migration Conference 2017 is a peer-reviewed international academic conference dedicated to the study of migration covering a wide range of multidisciplinary areas including dynamics and patterns of human mobility, legal and regulatory frameworks, labour market outcomes, education and human capital, brain drain and brain circulation, short term migrations, migrant integration, specific diasporas, such as of Mexicans, Latinos, Turks, Chinese, Caribbeans, Africans, Indians, South Asians, Kurds, Syrians, retirees, returnees, irregulars, and others, culture, media  and politics, health and well-being of migrants, internal and international migration nexus, migrant experiences, mobile minorities, transnationals, nomads, Gypsies, Romanis, methodology in migration research, migration theory, the cost of migration, transnational space, transnationalism, political participation, legal frameworks, conflicts, non-movers and attitudes and policies towards migration and migrants.

The TMC conferences are unique in their dynamic, complex and multidisciplinary approach and focus on migration and surrounding issues, challenges and solutions to them. The scientific programme organizes papers around thematic lines and streams weaved around regions, corridors, country cases as well as global and regional perspectives and theoretical takes on human mobility and population movements with all facets covered from motivations and mechanisms of migration to policies and integration, to irregular movements and demographic and geographic analysis without ignoring the non-movers, host and sending societies. The conference accommodates training workshops, public roundtable discussions, invited talks, oral presentations, poster presentations, special sessions and thematic workshops. The conference will start with the Opening Plenary in the late afternoon of August 23rd with keynote speeches by distinguished scholars in migration studies. In past conferences, an excellent line of scholars including Barry Chiswick (University of Washington), Philip Martin (University of California Davis), Jeffrey Cohen (Ohio State University), Karen Phalet (KU Leuven), Caroline Brettell (Southern Methodist University), Tariq Modood (University of Bristol), Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent's University), Gudrun Biffl (Danube University), and the most cited scholar Douglas Massey (Princeton) have been keynote speakers.

The Migration Conferences’ goal is to facilitate the inter-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and provide an outstanding opportunity to meet fellow researchers working on a wide array of topics and themes. Participants in the conference also have the opportunity to submit their work to special issues of the journals Migration Letters, Remittances Review as well as opportunities to contribute to the edited books published by Transnational Press London .

The official language of the conference is English but since the TMC 2015 Prague, we have introduced parallel sessions in other languages through special sessions.

Submissions of papers and posters are welcome from scholars, experts, policy makers and PhD students carrying out research in the field of migration.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Athens!

TMC Conference Committee