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Japanese Migration Research Interchange Opportunity Jan-Mar 2016

An Anglo-Daiwa fund has been provided to facilitate interchanges between academics based at Kobe University's Research Centre Promoting Intercultural Studies (PROMIS) January-March 2016

Associate CAMMIGRES member, Professor Kaoru Aoyama submitted a proposal to the Anglo-Daiwa Foundation for funds to set up the first stage of collaboration in 2015-16.  This stage involves both visits to Cambridge and Kobe University and a series of seminars, workshops, and excursions to migration NGOs in Kobe, in January and March 2016.  

PROMIS's goals are to build a network of key research centres on cross-border migration in and between Asia and Europe.  It aims to apply for funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core Programme Advanced Research Networks for five years, starting in 2016.  This fund will lead to global research connections and engagements with cutting edge academic institutions and contribute to future policy-making.  

Details of CAMMIGRES members'  participation in the exchange programme and titles of their research presentations are provided below: 

Exchange January 2016

Dr Madeline-Sophie Abbas (Research Associate, CAMMIGRES)

Maddy participated in a workshop on 'Integration of Migrants and Social Policy Issues' with colleagues from Japan, Thailand and Korea

For details of the workshop, please click here 

Her research presentation drew from her research on British Muslim identity formations: 

'Limits of Hospitality: Challenges and Negotiations of Muslim Women and the Volatile Terrain of Migration in Europe and the UK'

Exchange - March 2016

Dr Paolo Campana (Institute of Criminology) will be speaking on: 

'The organisation of human smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea'

This paper is an empirical in-depth study of the structure and activities of a human smuggling ring operating between the Horn of Africa, Libya, Italy and Northern Europe. The ring was involved in the tragic journey that ended with the 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck, in which 366 migrants lost their lives. More generally, the actors under investigation took part in the smuggling of at least 4,670 migrants across the Mediterranean over a period of seven months. This paper relies on a number of novel data sets that were manually coded from court files and analysed using social network analysis techniques. It reconstructs the structure of the smugglers’ network and investigates the determinants of coordination among the actors involved. Finally, the paper complements the quantitative evidence with a discussion of the (qualitative) content of phone wiretaps.

Dr William O'Reilly (Faculty of History) presents his research on contemporary and historical perspectives of migration:

'Migration and Decision Making: Contemporary and Historical Phenomena'

Dr Karen Forbes (Faculty of Education) draws from her involvement in a 2 year research project funded by the Bell Foundation to improve the educational outcomes for UK pupils where English is an additional language:

'The Education of Migrant Students in Schools in England: Opportunities and Challenges

Research into the socialisation of migrant-background children in new educational contexts has pointed to a complex relationship between language, identity and social integration. In England, where over a million school children between the ages of 5 and 16 speak English as an Additional Language (EAL), the social and educational consequences are increasingly felt by schools and families alike. This presentation will draw on findings from a recently completed study into the language development, social integration and academic achievement of newly arrived migrant students in schools in the East of England. This longitudinal study consisted of a survey on EAL provision distributed to all secondary schools in the region and in-depth case studies of two schools, which involved tracking the progress of a group of newly arrived students. In order to gain a more comprehensive insight, interviews were also conducted with members of the senior management team, classroom teachers and parents of EAL students from both schools. This presentation will highlight some of the key recommendations arising from this study for both schools and policy-makers. 

Paolo, William and Karen were also invited to provide methodological insights from their research to a workshop on:

'Theory and Methodology for Research in Migration, Multiculturalism and Welfare Policy for Regenerating Communities in the UK and Japan'

For the workshop poster, please click here

"The international exchange programme provided an excellent opportunity to share research findings in a different context and gain important insight of migration issues in East Asian contexts as well as develop connections with those working in areas relevant to my research on Muslim identities and counter-terrorism within different geographical contexts." - Dr Madeline-Sophie Abbas


"I found the visit to Kobe to be incredibly enlightening and from a personal point of view the experience has generated a range of questions for further research, particularly in terms of the variation in support available for migrant children in schools, not only within, but also between countries. I believe that there is a lot that we can learn from each other by looking beyond national borders. I hope that this visit will lead to the possibility of collaboration on future projects." - Dr Karen Forbes



Dr Madeline-Sophie Abbas contributes to a workshop on developing effective policy for the inclusion of migrants with scholars and NGOs from Japan, Thailand and Korea


Dr William O'Reilly, Dr Paolo Campana and Dr Karen Forbes contribute to a workshop exploring methodological issues arising from their research on migration