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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to the 6th Migration Conference 2018. The conference will be hosted by ISEG and IGOT at the University of Lisbon and will convene from Tuesday 26 June to Thursday 28 June 2018. 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.

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 entertain keynote speeches by distinguished scholars in migration studies. In our past conferences, we have brought in an excellent line of scholars including Barry Chiswick (University of Washington), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Douglas Massey (Princeton University), Oded Stark (Bonn), Giuseppe Sciortino (University of Trento), 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 London), and Gudrun Biffl (Danube University). In subsequent panels, a number of well-known scholars contribute to the debates over four days of stimulating exchange.

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 LettersRemittances 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. Please check special tracks for these.

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

The conference will convene at ISEG campus of University of Lisbon, a world class university in Portugal's capital city. The University is home to many world class conferences every year. At the center of a vibrant city, the campus provides a pleasant surrounding for the exchange of knowledge between the parallel sessions. Lisbon with its historic sites, museums and exhibitions along the banks of Tagus river is only paces away from the conference venue.

We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon, and if you have any questions please do contact us at:

On behalf of the Conference Committee 
Ibrahim Sirkeci, João Peixoto, Maria Lucinda Fonseca, Philip L. Martin, Jeffrey H. Cohen, Gudrun Biffl (Conference Executive Committee)

Contact: | Website: | @MigrationLetter

The Migration Conference 2018 is a peer-reviewed international academic symposium 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, speficic diasporas, such as of Mexicans, Latinos, Chinese, South Asians, Africans, Caribbeans, Portuguese, Ukrainians, Russians, Turks, Kurds, Syrians, retirees, returnees, irregulars, students 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.

To faciliate engagement with the host institution and the host country, TMC 2018 will also have sessions on migration in, to and from Portugal. These sessions will offer scholarly exchange and opportunities for comparative studies.

The Migration Conference 2018 brings together practitioners, academics, and students from a broad range of disciplines including anthropology, demography, economics, law, psychology, sociology, geography, business and management, linguistics, development studies, health sciences, political science, international relations, media and communications, and other cognate disciplines with a focus on human mobility . Inter-disciplinary research and comparative perspectives are particularly encouraged. The Migration Conference features invited talks, parallel and special sessions, workshops, and policy sessions where practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss migration and related issues. There are opportunities for side-meetings and social activities.

The conference's main language is English, however, TMC 2018 also hosts a limited number of specialist sessions in other languages to encourage transnational and cross-cultural research on country or region specific migration flows and diasporas. Please contact if you have queries regarding multilingual specialist sessions. Currently, there are specialist sessions planned in the following areas: Migrants and migration in the literature, diasporas, borderlands, remittances and irregularity, and sexuality and migration.

LIST OF TOPICS (indicative not exhaustive):

•        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 •    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 •        Kurdish diaspora •        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 •       Idendity •        householdseducation and human capital •        brain drain •       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 •        Migration in and from Africa •       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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