Migration and Integration

About the Cluster

The ISS21 Migration and Integration Cluster brings together researchers with an interest in issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity, from a wide range of disciplines including Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies, Education, Geography, Languages, Law, Philosophy, Sociology and Study of Religions.

Cluster members have researched and published widely in areas such as: youth mobility; refugees and asylum; gender and migration; migrant narratives of identity, place and belonging; immigration policy and law; institutional racism; models of integration; child trafficking; multiculturalism and human rights; migrant children; international justice; travel writing; and religion and migrant identities.

Interdisciplinary research in migration and integration is well-established among cluster members, building in part upon the pioneering work of UCC’s Irish Centre for Migration Studies in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Director P. Mac Éinrí). Members of the cluster cooperate regularly through ongoing collaborative research projects, joint supervision of PhD students and hosting regular seminars.

Cluster Events

The migration and integration cluster organises regular events at which cluster members and invited speakers can present their research to the university and wider community. Highlights from recent years include:

Contested Spaces of Belonging: asylum, direct provision and beyond,  September 2019

On 6th September 2019 the cluster hosted a symposium to explore current questions relating to asylum and contested spaces of belonging, in particular issues relating to power/politics, belonging/not-belonging and place/space for asylum-seekers and refugees. Dr Jonathan Darling (Durham University) delivered the keynote speech on the privatisation of dispersal accommodation and reception services for asylum seekers in the UK. Further details available here

Beyond Trafficking: reflections on research with child and youth migrants,  April 2018

In April 2018, the cluster held a half-day symposium at which visiting academic Dr. Roy Huijsmans (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) presented the findings of his research with child and youth migrants in the majority world, followed by a round table discussion with ISS21 members. Further details available here 

Looking Ahead: Brexit, Borders and Belongings,  March 2017

This half-day event explored key questions raised by the prospect of Brexit in relation to international borders, migrations, im/mobilities and belongings. Further details available here

Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration,  September 2014

From 2-4 September 2014 the Migration and Integration cluster hosted a major international conference which explored the key ways that economic, social and political crises in Europe have changed people’s migration patterns and life chances. As part of the conference, the cluster also hosted the launch of four books by members of the cluster. Further details available here 

In addition to the events listed above, the cluster hosts an internal seminar series at which cluster members present their research. A list of presentations from recent years is available at: Migration & Integration Seminar Series

Research Projects

ISS21 research projects linked to the themes of the Migration and Integration Research Cluster include:

IMMERSE: Integration Mapping of Refugee and Migrant Children in Schools and other Experiential Environments in Europe (2018-2022) Funded by Horizon 2020.

EMBRACE: Exploring Mobility: Borders, Refugees & Challenging Exclusion (2020-2021) Irish Research Council New Foundations Programme

EMNaH: Elderly (non)migrants’ narratives of home: A comparative study of place-making in Ireland & Slovakia (2020-2021) Funded by the IRC New Foundations programme.

YOUTH-HOME: Migrant male youth home-making in Ireland (2019-2021) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship project.  

MusConYP: Music Consumption and Young People’s Negotiation of Space in Direct Provision: An A/r/tographic Inquiry (May-Dec. 2019) Funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC).

YMOBILITY: Maximizing opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in Europe (2015-2018) Funded by Horizon 2020.

Transnational Commuting  (2013-2015) Marie Curie Fellowship project

Emigration and Return: profiling today's generation of emigrants and their propensity to return (2012-2013) Funder by the IRC Collaborative Projects Scheme.

TCRAfEu: Transnational Childraising Arrangements between Europe and Africa (2010-2013) A transnational comparative study funded by the Norface Research Programme Migration in Europe.

Migration and Networks of Care (2006-2009) Funded by the European Social Fund.

Migrant Domestic Workers and Migration Law in the EU. Funded by the Irish Research Council.

Gender Equality, Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Ireland. Funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Cluster Membership

For a list of cluster members, please click on the following link: Cluster Members

If you are interested in joining the cluster, please contact the cluster leader, Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire, c.nilaoire@ucc.ie 

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