Newsletter September 2021: ECPR Standing Group Migration and Ethnicity

Newsletter September 2021: ECPR Standing Group (SG) Migration and Ethnicity

SG News

Renew your membership by 30 September! It’s free and you can participate in more than one group: just log into your account on, click ‘My ECPR’ on the top menu then select ‘My Groups’, then join or renew our SG Migration and Ethnicity.

New initiative: every day we will promote one publication, taken from each newsletter, on our Twitter account, @ECPR_Migration with over 2,300 followers, tagging #ECPRmigrationReads.

At the ECPR General Conference, our Standing Group’s endorsed 18 panels on the section, “International Migration: Challenges for Politics, Governance, and Society”. To all the Presenters, Chairs, and Discussants, well done!

Join us 27 October 2021 at 16:00 CEST for our next ECPR Online Seminar Series in Migration and Ethnicity. Speakers: a lively discussion with Dr. Ana Margheritis (Reader in International Relations in Politics & International Relations, University of Southampton) and Dr. Luicy Pedroza (Centro de Estudios Internacionales, Colegio de México) on emigrant and immigrant policies and rights in Latin America.


Upcoming deadline, 30 September 2021: CfP ‘Understanding Border Securitization in Contemporary Societies’, planned in-person but hybrid/online if necessary, 18-20 November 2021, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Looking for theoretical, empirical or methodological papers on any aspects related to developments and approaches in the field of border securitization (no limitations in terms of geographical focus). No conference fee and organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the entire conference.

CfP for the In_equality Conference 2022, 68 April 2022, in-person, in Konstanz, Germany. Costs covered: travel and accommodation for one presenter per paper. Contributions from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, education research, psychology, and law on the politics of inequality; different methodological approaches welcome. Paper submissions: 1 October30 November 2021. Apply via online application form on the conference website with an extended abstract (max. 400 words).

CfP on ‘New Dynamics of East–West Migration and Migrant Integration Within Europe and Beyond’ for the 2nd MIRNet International Conference in-person at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, 15–16 November 2021. Paper submission deadline: 1 August 2021.

CfP ‘Rethinking Knowledge Politics In Migration Research, Teaching & Practice’, online workshop 3 December 2021, hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand, & Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, with the African Research Universities Alliance & the Anti-Racism Working Group of the IMISCOE International Migration Research Network. To join, email with your name, paper title, (max. 300 word) abstract, short bio (affiliation, title, research interests, time-zone); use the email subject line, Rethinking Migration Workshop. Proposal deadline: 20 October 2021. Essay-length papers (3,000–5,000 words) due 30 November 2021, aimed at compiling an edited volume.


CfP 16th Congress of the French Political Science Association, 5-7 July 2022 in Lille for thematic section 43: Transnational voting. Procedures, practices and representations. Looking for analyses articulating various disciplinary sub-fields, emphasizing a methodological reflexivity (construction of data, protocols, etc.) and establishing links between theoretical and empirical approaches, from French or foreign fields. Paper proposal (around 500 words) deadline: 2 November 2021, by email to the panel’s conveners: David Gouard, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CERTOP, & Sylvie Strudel, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, CECP/CEVIPOF, Paper deadline: June 2022.

SG Member Activities and News

Book Launch of the textbook, Introduction to International Migration (Routledge), online 14 October 2021 (21-22:00 CEST)

Interdisciplinary Colloquium for Early-Stage Migration Researchers on migration politics and policies: MIGRAKOLLOQ, online 12 November 2021. PhD researchers, early-stage post-docs, and master students present their research (conceptual ideas, research design, or results), then discussed in a peer-to-peer framework. To register to attend or present, email Anna Görg: by 14 October 2021. Presenters must include name, university/institution, research project topic, presentation title, and (max 300 word) abstract.

Join the 2nd MIRNet International Conference, ‘New Dynamics of East–West Migration and Migrant Integration Within Europe and Beyond’, in-person hosted by the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, 15–16 November 2021.

Latest Publications from SG Members

Adam, C., Fernández-i-Marín, X., James, O., Manatschal, A., Rapp, C., & Thomann, E. (2021) Differential Discrimination against Mobile EU Citizens: Experimental Evidence from Bureaucratic Choice Settings. Journal of European Public Policy 28(5): 742–760.

Alnasir, S. (2021) An Anthropological Introspection into Identitarian, Social, Religious and Coloniality Social Practices in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Anales de Antropología, 2(55): 195–209.

Bitschnau, M., Ader, L., Ruedin, D. & D’Amato, G. (2021) Politicising Immigration in Times of Crisis: Empirical Evidence from Switzerland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Bonjour, S., & Cleton, L. (2021) Gendered Migrations: A Gender Perspective on International Migration and Migration Politics. In Money, J. & S. Lockhard (Eds) Introduction to International Migration: Population Movements in the 21st Century, pp. 127–148. London: Routledge.

Brunarska, Z., & Denisenko, M. (2021) Russia: A ‘Hidden’ Migration Transition and a Winding Road towards a Mature Immigration Country? Central and Eastern European Migration Review 10(1): 143–172.

Cleton, L. (2021) The time politics of migrant deportability: An intersectional analysis of deportation policy for non-citizen children in Belgium and the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.  

Cleton, L. & Schweitzer, R. (2021) “Our aim is to assist migrants in a well-informed decision”: how return counsellors in Austria and the Netherlands manage the aspirations of unwanted non-citizens. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Open Access.

Collard, S., & Kernalegenn, T. (2021) The membership of parties abroad: a case study of the UK. Comparative Migration Studies 9, 34.

Dandoy, R., & Kernalegenn, T. (2021) Internet voting from abroad: Exploring turnout in the 2014 French consular elections. French Politics.

De Backer, M. (2021) ‘Being different together’ in public space: young people, everyday cosmopolitanism and parochial atmospheres. Social and Cultural Geography 22(4): 480–500.

De Backer, M. & Mazzola, A. (2021) Liminal spaces of migrant reception in times of crisis. Cartografie Soziali, 10: 143–156. 

della Porta, D., & Steinhilper, E. (2021) Contentious Migrant Solidarity: Shrinking Spaces and Civil Society Contestation. Routledge. ISBN 9780367538323.

Demker, M., & Odmalm, P. (2021) From governmental success to governmental breakdown: how a new dimension of conflict tore apart the politics of migration of the Swedish centre-right. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Eick, G.M. and Larsen, C.A. (2021) Welfare Chauvinism across Benefits and Services. Journal of European Social Policy, online first.

Finn, V. & Brumat, L. (2021) Mobility and Citizenship During Pandemics: The multilevel political responses in South America. Partecipazione e Conflitto 14(1): 321–340.

Finn, V. & Doña-Reveco, C. (2021) Peaks and Pitfalls of Multilevel Policy Coordination: Analyzing the South American Conference on Migration. Migration Letters 18(4): 487–496.

Finn, V. & Jakobson, M.-L. (2021) Mobility During Pandemics: Moving Borders and Citizenship into Uncharted Territories. Cosmos + Taxis 5(6): 109–121.

Gagnon, A., & Larios, L. (2021) The Politicization of Immigration and Integration at the Subnational Level: Electoral Campaigns in Ontario and Quebec. Canadian Journal of Political Science, online first.

Gago, A. (2021) All of the same type? The use of fears of ‘welfare tourism’ to limit the access of EU migrants to social benefits in the UK and Germany. Social Policy Review 33: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 203. 

Gago, A., & Maiani, F. (2021) Pushing the boundaries’: a dialogical account of the evolution of European case-law on access to welfare. Journal of European Integration, online first.

Jakobson, M.L., Saarts, T., & Kalev, L. (2021) Institutionalization of transnationalizing political parties: the case of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia. Comparative Migration Studies, 9(1): 1–18.

Karyotis, G., Skleparis D., & Patrikios, S. (2021) New migrant activism: Frame alignment and future protest participation. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Kernalegenn, T., Pellen, C., & Smith, É. (2021) When Politics Abroad Turn Local. A Study of French Parties Campaigning Abroad During the 2017 French General Elections. Representation.

Landini, I. (2021) The exclusion of migrants and refugees from welfare programs in Austria: the “legitimizing explanations” across different policy areas. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, online first.

Manatschal, A. (2021) The integrative force of political institutions? Direct democracy and voter turnout across ethnic and nativity groups. Comparative Migration Studies 9(1).

Mazzola, A., & De Backer, M. (2021) Solidarity with vulnerable migrants during and beyond the state of crisis. Culture, Practice and Europeanization 6(1): 55–69.

Mescoli, E. (2021) Multi-Level Governance and Sanctuary Cities: The Case of Liège (Belgium) and Undocumented Migrants. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 1–14.

Mescoli, E., & Roblain, A. (2021) The ambivalent relations behind civil society’s engagement in the “grey zones” of migration and integration governance: Case studies from Belgium. Political Geography, 91(102477).

Panebianco, S. (2021) Human security at the Mediterranean borders: humanitarian discourse in the EU periphery. International Politics.

Politi, E., Bennour, S., Lüders, A., Manatschal, A., & Green, E.G.T. (2021) Where and Why Immigrants Intend to Naturalize: The Interplay Between Acculturation Strategies and Integration Policies. Political Psychology, online first.

Schmid, S. D. (2021) Stagnated Liberalization, Long-term Convergence, and Index Methodology: Three Lessons from the CITRIX Citizenship Policy Dataset. Global Policy 12(3): 338-349.

van Haute, E., & Kernalegenn, T., (2021) Special Issue: Political parties as actors of transnational politics. Comparative Migration Studies.

Wittock, N., Cleton, L., Vandevoordt, R. & Verschraegen, G. (2021) Legitimising detention and deportation of illegalised migrant families: reconstructing public controversies in Belgium and the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.  

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