We hosted a migration policy workshop on the 15th-16th February funded by the British Academy’s Horizon Europe Pump Priming Collaboration. The workshop was organised by Dr Eghosa Igudia.

The goal of the workshop is to will ‘map the journey’ of migrants from Africa and South Asia to Europe. The overall aim is to provide evidence to enhance EU migration policy.  There is ongoing debate about the ageing population of Europe and the challenges this creates.  Part of the solution will be immigration of young adults from less developed countries.  We will explore the positive role that migrants can play in the EU and what drives migrants to make long and dangerous journeys, use this to inform migration policy reform, and determine where best to target policy responses.

Presentations include:

  • Migration decision-making across time and space: Intersections of aspirations, perceptions and information, Bilger, Veronika (ICMPD)
  • An evaluation of recent EU’s intervention programmes (incorporating the complexity of migration in policy making with the problem alienation, institutional alienation, political and social alienation lens) and way forward for a sustainable future Europe, and EU and UK future needs for a sustainable population growth, Prof Ursula Ott (NTU, UK)
  • The Oxymoron of informal sector – a framework for understanding informality as change agent in LMIC
  • Professor Aihie Osarenkhoe (University of Gävle, Sweden) Dr. Eghosa Igudia (DMU, UK) Dr Ehsanul Huda Chowdhury (University of Gävle, Sweden)
  • EU and UK policy framework, and why it matters for migrants? (incorporating evolution of EU and UK migration policy via punctuated equilibrium and/or multiple streams framework), Prof Rob Ackrill (NTU, UK) & Prof Ott et al (NTU, UK)
  • Migrant Worker Journeys: Regular and Irregular Routes to Europe, Dr Chibuzo Ejiogu (DMU, UK)
  • Subnational co-operation on migration policy: A case study of interactions between Edo state and the City of Milan, Dr Ohio Omiunu (Associate Professor, DMU, UK)
  • In-work poverty, modern slavery and migration, Prof Cartwright and Igudia (DMU, UK)
  • Analysing the transnational routes migration take to Europe (incorporating the complexity and frailties of regulation in the UK ‘permissive visibility’, migration and sustainable population growth in the UK, the nature of informality and non-compliance in the UK), Prof Ian Clark et al (NTU,UK)
  • The informal economy, policy mis-match and internal migration crisis in Lagos, Nigeria, Prof Ackrill (NTU), Dr Igudia (DMU) and Unilag colleagues
  • Realising Education’s Promise for Children Refugees from Syria: Assessment of Education Provision and Learning Environments in Iraq, Dr Suha Omar (DMU)
  • Heterogeneous effects of rural-urban linkages on sustainable and inclusive growth, Professor Osarenkhoe (University of Gavle, Sweden), Dr Igudia (DMU, UK), Dr Chowdhury (University of Gavle, Sweden), Associate Professor Nandita Singh (Sodertorn University, Sweden)
  • Exploring the drivers and realities of youth unemployment and migration in Uganda: implications for program and policy interventions, Assoc. Prof. Jotham Byarugaba Timothy Esemu (PhD), Faculty of Marketing and Hospitality Management, Makerere University Business School
  • Migration, diaspora and national development: leveraging policy for win-win outcome, Dr Rita Agu, NIIA, Nigeria
  • Mapping of nigerian migrants and development: are there legal and policy options? Dr Rita Agu, NIIA, Nigeria