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Philippe Bourbeau - POLIS, Small Grant Award Nov, 2014

The Comparative Politics of Migration in Europe

Philippe Bourbeau, Geoffrey Edwards, POLIS and Jeffrey Miley, Department of Sociology, CAMMIGRES Small Grant Award, Nov, 2014

Summary of the Project:

In its current configuration, contributions trying to gain a better understanding of xenophobic movements, resilience as applied to migration, the mediatization of migration related issues, and the politicization of migration abound in specialized journals and beyond. Yet, very few studies have sought to explore, analyze, and theorize their relationship. It is therefore imperative to attempt to pull together the pieces and to suggest a theorization of the relationship between xenophobia, resilience, mediatization, and politicization in the context of international migration.

The objectives of the research project:

  • To develop a compelling analytical framework for the study of the relationship between xenophobia, resilience, mediatization, and politicization as applied to international migration.
  • To offer a rich, analytically sharp, insightful, and informative study of these processes in the context of international migration in several European countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The commission has been (1) to produce a thorough literature review of the four concepts (xenophobia, resilience, mediatization, and politicization) as applied to migration, and (2) to produce a list of UK-based funding schemes and potential collaborators. The work completed by the research staffs – Elif Cetin and Torsten Geelan – will be instrumental in preparing larger funding applications.

Outcomes of research – Elif Cetin:

  • Review of literature completed;
  • Identification of hypotheses for theorisation completed and includes for example:
    • Whether and how politicisation processes show variations and continuity across time and among different immigrant receiving countries and how they are linked to xenophobic public attitudes;
    • Whether in the selected European countries, mainstream parties proactively seek to define the content of immigration debates and policies or whether they primarily take a reactive stance and respond to far-right parties’ immigration position.

 Outcomes of research – Torsten Geelan:

  • Meeting held with Daniel Wunderlich to identify relevant UK and EU funding schemes appropriate for our projects;
  • Successful prior grant applications gathered together and reviewed
  • Short bios of international collaborators collated and contact initiated






Launched in January 2014, by Co-Founders Professors Madeleine Arnot and Loraine Gelsthorpe, and Research Associate Dr Jessica Wheeler, the Cambridge Migration Research Network, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund, brings together a superb tract of migration research, spanning 23 University of Cambridge faculties, departments and centres, including researchers in anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, economics and land economy, geography, sociology, gender studies, psychology, health and education studies, management studies, linguistics, theology, criminology and law.

CAMMIGRES researchers' interests orient around the impacts of past and present migration in relation to human evolution and development, social, legal, and economic policy, governance, professional knowledge, institutional practice and social relations.