Convenors: Fiona Adamson (SOAS), Claire Dwyer (UCL), Eiko Thielemann (LSE).

When: Tuesdays, 6:30pm
Where: New York University in London, 6 Bedford Square, Room 303

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12. March, 2019






by Fiona B. Adamson (SOAS) and Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Birmingham), with discussion by James F. Hollifield (Southern Methodist University)


Academic and policy debates on migration and refugee “crises” across the world have yet to engage fully with the importance of cross border population mobility for states’ diplomatic strategies. In this presentation, we discuss the concept of “migration diplomacy” as a key component of the ‘migration state’ and as an object of analysis for academics and practitioners alike, distinguishing it from other forms of migration-related policies and practices. Our analysis of migration diplomacy draws on realist approaches in international relations to identify how the interests and power of state actors are affected by their position in migration systems, namely the extent to which they are migration-sending, migration-receiving, or transit states. The presentation will examine how migration issues are connected with other areas of state interest and diplomacy, including security interests, economic interests and issues of identity, soft power, and public diplomacy.

Link to the article: https://academic.oup.com/isp/advance-article/doi/10.1093/isp/eky015/5253595

About the speakers

Fiona B. Adamson is an Associate Professor (Reader) of International Relations in the SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies. Her expertise is in international migration, diaspora politics, transnationalism, global governance and peace and security. Adamson has published in political science, international relations and migration journals such as International Security, European Journal of International Relations, International Migration Review, International Studies Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, Current History, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Political Science Quarterly. Dr Adamson is co-convenor of the London Migration Research Group (LMRG) and serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review (APSR), European Journal of International Relations (EJIR) and Ethnopolitics. She served as Chair of the SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies (2010-13), and was previously Director of the Program in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL). Dr Adamson was a Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2015-17 and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University, Stanford University, Humboldt University in Berlin and University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr Adamson received her PhD from Columbia University and BA from Stanford University.

Gerasimos Tsourapas is a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the politics of migrants, refugees, and diasporas in the broader Middle East. He is currently the Principal Investigator in two research projects: “The International Politics of Middle East Migration: Problems, Policy, Practice,” funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, and “Migration Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean: Inter-State Politics of Population Mobility in the Middle East,” funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Gerasimos was a Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS – University of London, and a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of The American University in Cairo. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association, and the Council of the Migration & Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association. Gerasimos has published in leading journals including International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Global Security Studies, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Third World Quarterly, and the Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies. He co-edited a special issue of International Political Science Review (with Maria Koinova) on ‘Diasporas and Sending States in World Politics’ (2018). His first book, The Politics of Egyptian Migration – Strategies for Survival in Autocracies, has been published by Cambridge University Press (2019).

About the discussant

James F. Hollifield is the Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. Hollifield has advised various governments in North and South America, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East and Africa, as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the OECD, the ILO, the IOM, the EU, among others. His major books include Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard), L’Immigration et l’Etat Nation: à la recherche d’un modèle national (L’Harmattan), Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (Routledge), Migration, Trade and Development(Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Herausforderung Migration—Perspektiven der vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft (Lit Verlag), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford). His current book projects are The Migration State (Stanford), Understanding Global Migration (Stanford) and International Political Economy: History, Theory and Policy (Cambridge). Hollifield was educated at Wake Forest College, Sciences Po Grenoble and Paris, and Duke University (PhD). He has taught at Brandeis and Auburn, served as a Research Fellow at Harvard and MIT, and was appointed Director of Research at the CNRS and Sciences Po in Paris. He is a Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the UC San Diego, at the Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) at the University of Bonn, and the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In 2015/16 he was named as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. In 2016 Hollifield received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association.

12. February, 2019











The Market Model: Immigration Regime Variation and Convergence in 30 Countries

By Associate Professor Anna Boucher, University of Sydney (presenting), Assistant Professor Justin Gest, George Mason University, February 2019, London.

Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change finds that the world’s most prominent immigration regimes are converging toward elevated numbers of temporary immigrants, a focus on labor immigration through economic visas and free movement agreements, forms of tacitly ethnicity based selection and dropping naturalization rates. Relative to the openness and permanence of a liberal model of permanent, non-discriminatory settlement, that epitomized the immediate post-Cold War period, this emerging approach embodies a “Market Model” that reflects the increasingly contingent nature of labor markets worldwide. Based in an analysis of immigration demographics across 30 of the world’s principal destination states, this presentation will outline the methodological approach of the Crossroads book and identify some of its key empirical findings. It also outlines the Market Model argument, demonstrating that it is true of both democracies and non-democracies. This address situates Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom within these global trends in light of its shift towards skilled immigration over the 1990s and 2000s, the increase in temporary labour migration and planned changes to citizenship laws in several of these countries. A shift towards temporary immigration status and more stringent approaches to naturalization are often interconnected in important ways.

About the speaker

Dr Anna Boucher is an active researcher in the immigration field. Her book Gender Migration and the Global Race for Talent  (Manchester University Press) analyses skilled immigration policies globally from a gender perspective. Her second book, with Dr Justin Gest, Crossroads: Immigration Regimes in an Age of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, New York) compares immigration regimes across 30 countries. She holds degrees in law and political science. Prior to coming to Sydney University, she was an Australian Commonwealth Scholar and Bucerius Scholar in Migration Studies at the London School of Economics. From 2017­-2020, she holds an Australian Research Council grant to investigate the rights violations of migrant workers in former settler states. She is also writing a third book on the Holocaust and the creation of a global Jewish diaspora with Dr. Joseph Toltz. She is a regular commentator in the media on migration issues.