International Migration Research at Bristol

The International Migration Research network hosts a wide range of researchers who share an understanding of migration as both:

  • a processual and multidirectional phenomenon (encompassing immigration, emigration, return and circulation), and
  • an area of discourse and knowledge production which is intimately connected with issues of social justice and the distribution of rights.

The university also hosts the Bristol Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies (BIMMS) that draws on multidisciplinary perspectives to look at why people move from one place to another; the social, economic and cultural consequences of migration; and, importantly, the actual experience of migration.

Our research focuses on migration to, from and within the UK and Europe, and can be characterised as broadly sociological in nature, with strengths in both qualitative and quantitative methods.  From these core commonalities, the breadth of international migration research at Bristol encompasses many key theoretical and empirical topics in contemporary Migration Studies, including: labour migration; the family, gender and migration; elite and non-elite mobilities; migration policy; transnationalism and diaspora; and the complex of topics surrounding ethnicity, citizenship and integration.

The network of scholars are active contributors to the Centre of Ethnicity and Citizenship, and organises and hosts other migration related events.

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