Hidden Migration, Data & Policy, 9-10 March, 2017

This international symposium featured two days of panels with contributions on topics including labour migration, precarious employment, human trafficking, regional perspectives, health and migration, gender and migration, and older people and migration. The Bristol symposium provided an opportunity for migration researchers at Bristol to engage with academics and policy makers at a global level, and to get together to discuss furthering the activities of the WUN RDF MDGT group's research by obtaining future funding. 



Day 1 - 9th March 2017 - Bristol Marriott Royal, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA.


Hidden Migration, Data & Policy




Welcome & Opening Remarks

Nishan Canagarajah (Pro-Vice Chancellor Research, University of Bristol)

Dipti Pardeshi (Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration, UK) 


Panel A: SDGs and Hidden Migration

Chair: Ann Singleton (Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies, University of Bristol; Senior Adviser to IOM GMDAC)

Denis Kierans (Data & Research Officer, IOM GMDAC) & Marzia Rango (Research Officer, IOM GMDAC) - Global Migration Trends: the experience of IOM’s Data Analysis Centre

Hakan G. Sicakkan (Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen) - Hidden Policy, Hidden Migration and Researching SDGs




Panel B: Regional Perspectives

Chair: Franck Düvell (University of Oxford)

Akanni Akinyemi (Associate Professor & Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife) - Challenges of Migration Data Harmonization within ECOWAS

Delali Badasu (Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana) - Developing a Migration Data Policy for Ghana: International Context, Sustainable Development and Human Rights Considerations

David Gordon (Professor of Social Justice, University of Bristol) - Well-being and inclusion of migrants in Southern Africa: which data are needed?

Franck Düvell (Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford) - Migration in transition: Russia and Turkey




Panel C: Labour migration, hidden & precarious employment 

Chair: Jon Fox (Co-Lead, Migration Research Group, University of Bristol)

Chris Forde (Professor of Employment Studies, University of Leeds) & Gabriella Alberti (Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds) - Employment agencies, precarious work and migration

Hung Wong (Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) & Raees Begum Baig (Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) - Protection or exclusion: national and international social protection policy on migrant domestic workers

Rutvica Andrijasevic (Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Bristol) - Global Firms and Labour Migration

Ranji Devadason (Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences, Bath Spa University) - 'The Golden Handcuffs? Choice, compliance and relocation amongst transnational professionals'




Networking and Refreshments 


Roundtable: Future Research Funding Bids (RDF Core Participants) - Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX 

Frank Laczko (Director, International Organization for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre)


Day 2 - 10th March 2017 - Marriott Royal, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA.


Hidden Migration, Data & Policy




Panel D: Health and Migration

Chair: Val Williams (Professor of Disability Studies, University of Bristol) 

Sandra Dowling (Lecturer in Disability Studies, University of Bristol) - At the margins of the marginalised: Disabled refugees within the migrant population

Dee Knipe (Senior Research Association in Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol) - Self-harm in families “left-behind” by temporary foreign migration – evidence from Sri Lanka

Loubaba Mamluk (Research Associate in Epidemiology/Knowledge Transfer, Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol) - Syrian Health and Migration Study (SHAMIS)




Panel E: 'Marriage, migration and children: gender and citizenship dimensions'

Chair: Chris Bertram (Co-Director, Specialist Research Institute in Migration, University of Bristol)

Katharine Charsley (Reader in Sociology, University of Bristol) - Migrant husbands: hidden aspects of marriage-related migration

Devyani Prabhat (Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol) - The Missing Ingredient: Best Interests for Children Seeking Nationality and Secure Status in the UK

Popo Mfubu (Attorney, Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town) - The gendered impact of South Africa’s interpretation of Family Reunification under its Refugees Act  




Panel F: Older People and Migration 

Chair: Randall Smith (Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies, University of Bristol) 

Hong-Jae Park (Associate Professor, Community Welfare & Social Work, Western Sydney University) - ‘Involuntary retirement migration’: The experiences of older Asian adults being left behind in New Zealand

Liz Lloyd (Professor of Social Gerontology, University of Bristol) - Societal ageing, migration and care work

Michaella Vanore (Research Fellow, Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University) - Adult Child Migration and Elderly Multidimensional Well-being: Comparative Analysis between Moldova and Georgia




Roundtable & Departure


Please see Hidden Migration Abstracts (PDF, 563kB) for more information on the presentations.