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WELCOME TO THIS WEBSITE ON

MIGRATION RESEARCH

Galeria de Recerca sobre Migracions

GRM

INFORMING YOU SINCE 2002

 

GRM participates in the Spanish-scale Network of Migratory Studies / Red de Estudios Migratorios, REsMi. This is one of the 2016 Networks of Excellence in Social Sciences funded by MINECO, Government of Spain (2017-2019). In this network, a dozen researchers linked to universities located in Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, Madrid and Valencia participate.

 
 

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This is an open access website named Galeria de Recerca sobre Migracions GRM and focused on human migration studies. It was set up in 2002 at UAB by Ricard Morén-Alegret (@RicardMoren) with funding from the Ramon y Cajal Research Programme (Spanish Ministry for Science and Technology).

Since 2017, GRM and the researchers linked to it are organised as migration research program of ECONECOL, a Funded and Consolidated Research Group of the SGR2017-2019 Programme, supported by AGAUR (thus GRM has become one of the 5 research programs of that group). ECONECOL includes professors and researchers linked to UAB-ICTA and the Department of Geography, among other institutions.

From October 2014 to 2017 this website offered content related to activities, among others, from the migration research programme of the renovated Interfase consolidated research group (SGR, 2014-2017), which is based at the Geography Department and the Philosophy and Arts Faculty of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB. The UAB Geography Department was set up in the 1970s. According to the III ranking QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on 26/02/2014, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is among the best 100 universities in the world in the following disciplines: Agro-Forestry Sciences, Communication, Economy, Geography and Physics (3,002 universities were assessed, among them 689 were classified).

This Migration Research Gallery (GRM) and the aforementioned research programme on migration are coordinated by Ricard Morén-Alegret (https://twitter.com/ricardmoren).

Additionaly, this website also offers contents related to the already historical Migration Research Group - Grup de Recerca sobre Migracions, GRM -, which was also based at the Geography Department and the Philosophy and Arts Faculty of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB.

Grup de Recerca sobre Migracions, GRM, was awarded as Consolidated and Funded Research Group by AGAUR (Catalan Government) for the period 2009-2014 with Ricard Morén-Alegret as Coordinator (SGR2009-728). During this period GRM has increased, internationalised and diversified the research outcomes production. Previously, during the period 2005-2008, Àngels Pascual was coordinator of the group, and from 2009 to her official retirement in September 2013 she was Emeritus Professor. Àngels Pascual has been an appreciated scholar devoted to migration research in Spain since the 1960s and, recently, she has been active at Institut d'Estudis Catalans, IEC.

Along the years, GRM has carried out interdisciplinary research on migration and settlement with a special reference to Catalonia, the Iberian peninsula, Europe and the Mediterranean. Its members have taken part in several European research projects and have collaborated with a range of institutions at local, national and international level.

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCT PARTICIPATED BY GRM (2012):

"If I were the mayor of my neighbourhood"

This international multimedia product approaches life in neighbourhoods of five cities belonging to a variety of European countries: Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, UK. It was developed within the framework of the Concordia Discors project (coordinated by FIERI, Italy) and it was funded by the European Commission.

See: http://www.concordiadiscors.eu/multimedia/

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DOCUMENTARY VIDEO PRODUCED by GRM (2009):

"IBERIANA"
Immigrants' Integration Processes
in Five Small Towns Placed in Peninsular Spain

 
 
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Download sleeves:
Front page - Credits - Back page - CD Label

Duration: 38 minutes (+5 extra minutes)

Brief description: The popular science documentary video "Iberiana" has been produced in 2009 from GRM (Department of Geography, UAB) as an outcome of the R+D project "Foreign Immigration, Sense of Place and Territorial Identity in Five Small Towns in Spain", funded by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation. "Iberiana" shows some general features of the making process of a social science research project, it presents some recent geographical dynamics in territories located in five Spanish provinces (Alicante, Cáceres, Girona, Huelva, and León), and, furthermore, it puts some light on five cases of successful immigrants' integration explained by migrants themselves. Thus this documentary gives voice to persons living in so-called peripheral areas and, as a popular science video, it is devoted to both students and public interested in immigration and integration dynamics.

Keywords: Geography, Immigration, Integration, Small Towns, Spain

 
     

 
 
.... News and Agenda  

 

GALERIA de RECERCA sobre MIGRACIONS, GRM
http://geografia.uab.es/migracions/

presents the

16th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration

Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona, UAB-GEO-GRM

2018 Programme

24 April 2018, 11:30h. Michele Nori, European University Institute, EUI:
Living with uncertainty – learning from pastoralists

24 May 2018, 11:30h. Anthony Liew, ICTA-UAB:
Forced Migration: The Ecological Burden of Hosting Refugees?

29 May 2018, 11:30h. Ruth McAreavey, Newcastle University, UK:
The Integration of Migrants in Peripheral and Rural Regions: A Case Study of Northern Ireland

Book presentation:
October 2018 (TBC*). Ryan Alaniz, California Polytechnic State University, USA:
From Strangers to Neighbors: Resettlement and Recovery in Post-Disaster Honduras

Session postponed to the next academic year:

2018-2019 (TBC*). Daniela del Bene, ICTA-UAB:
Environmental refugees? Unpacking and exploring forced displacements and involuntary migrations in environmental conflicts

All sessions are open to the public. The April and May sessions will take place in Aula 301 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)'s Arts & Humanities Faculty (Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres) of , located in Bellaterra campus.
*(Date and place to be confirmed for the book presentation & the postponed session).

**Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served, basis.
***Please, before attending a seminar, outside visitors are advised to check this website to confirm details and to take into account last minute changes.

These seminars are held within the framework of the HAMLETS research project (funded by RercerCaixa, a program promoted by ACUP & Obra Social “La Caixa”; see: www.uab.cat/hamlets), the ECONECOL Research Group (SGR2017-2019, AGAUR), the UAB Doctoral Studies Programme in Geography as well as the REsMi Network (see: http://resmi.ugr.es), and are coordinated by Dr Ricard Morén-Alegret.

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Since January 2018 the website of Red de Estudios Migratorios (REsMi) / Network of Migratory Studies is already available on-line. It is coordinated from University of Granada and it will mainly publish information related to the REsMi partners located in several universities of Spain. This network includes, among other participants, GRM-GEO-UAB; see: http://resmi.ugr.es/. Additionally, a Twitter account has also been published: @Resmi_Red

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Issue 15, December 2017, of the electronic journal e-Migrinter has been published and it is available as open access publication. That is a special issue titled "Migrinter a trente ans : analyses et portraits" and mainly devoted to celebrate 30 years of academic life of the aformentioned laboratory (Migrinter, Université de Poitiers / CNRS, France). This lab is focused on research in human migration. Within the framework of that special issue, one can find, among other texts, a brief review article titled "Présentation du « Réseau Migrations »" co-authored by Josepha Milazzo (TELEMME-AMU & GRM-UAB), Jordan Pinel (Migrinter-U.Poitiers/CNRS) & Ewa Tartakowsky (Centre Max Weber). See: http://journals.openedition.org/e-migrinter/831

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On 23 November 2017 took place in Madrid the kick-off meeting of the TransMENA Research project on Transnational Dynamics and Actors in the Middle East and North Africa, MENA (funded by MINECO, 2017-2020). This project involves over 20 researchers based in universities placed in four continents and is coordinated from UAB by Laura Feliu & Ferran Izquierdo, with participation among others of Ricard Morén-Alegret. That same day some preliminary data, reflections and maps - that are also linked to the research project titled HAMLETS. Immigration and Sustainable Development in Small Villages (see: www.uab.es/hamlets) - were presented by Ricard Morén-Alegret in the 20th FIMAM annual congress, which was held at @CasaArabe, Madrid. Among others, the following map (elaborated in collaboration with LIGIT-UAB) was presented. In this map, residents born in Morocco are located in the 336 municipalities of Catalonia with less than 500 inhabitants (INE, 2016). Among the aforementioned 336 municipalities, 9 of the top 10 with more population born in Morocco are placed in southern areas of Catalonia, in Lleida and Tarragona provinces:

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On 13 November 2017, Ruth McAreavy organised a research seminar at Newcastle University (Sociology Seminar Series, in conjunction with the Centre for Rural Economy and the Cultural Significance of Place Research Group) where Ricard Morén-Alegret presented some preliminary data and maps regarding the research project "HAMLETS. Immigration and Sustainable Development in Small Villages" (see: www.uab.es/hamlets). Among others, the following map (elaborated in collaboration with @LIGIT_UAB) on residents born in the UK who are located in the 336 Catalan municipalities with less than 500 inhabitants (INE, 2016) was presented and their geographical distribution was commented, e.g. among the aforementioned municipalities, 7 of the top 10 municipalities with more registered residents born in the UK are placed in Girona province (only 2 in Tarragona province, 1 in Barcelona province and none in Lleida province):

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In November 2017 Springer International Publishing has published the Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, edited by Walter Leal Filho, Robert W. Marans & John Callewaert. Among others, this book includes a chapter that is titled: "A Sustainable Touristic Place in Times of Crisis? The Case of Empuriabrava-A Superdiverse Mediterranean Resort" (pp. 263-281). This chapter is co-authored by Dawid Wladyka & Ricard Morén-Alegret.

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In October 2017 the presential activity of the Migration Studies Network / Red de Estudios Migratorios (REsMi) kicks off in Madrid. This is one of the 2016 Networks of Excellence funded by MINECO and its coordination is based at Universidad de Granada. In this network, a dozen professors and researchers who are based at Universitat de València, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universidad de Almería, Universidade da Coruña and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona participate as members, including Ricard Morén-Alegret among others.

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Since late July 2017 the website of the research project titled "HAMLETS. Immigration and Sustainable Development in Small Villages'" is available on-line also in 3 languages (English, Spanish and Catalan): www.uab.cat/hamlets . The HAMLETS project is linked to GRM and directed by Ricard Morén-Alegret. That website will also be the portal of the Geographical Information System for Active & Sustainable Hamlets, GISASH, which is one of the forecasted fruits of the aforementioned project and that is being developed from LIGIT-UAB in coordination with colleagues at UAB Geography Department, ICTA-UAB, Associació de Micropobles de Catalunya...

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Since June 2017, within the framework of the applied research project titled 'HAMLETS. Immigration and Sustainable Development in Small Villages' , a number of popular science tweets are being published on Twitter, mainly in English. These tweets offer geo-demographic data and photographies taken in municipalities with less than 500 inhabitants (336 municipalities in Catalonia, according to MUNICAT for 2016). These are photos taken in situ by researchers during fieldwork, showing a variety of aspects regarding social, cultural, economical, polítical or natural life in villages. Later these pictures will be linked to a Geographical Information System named GISASH that is being developed from LIGIT-UAB (during the next months, GISASH will be available on-line). In this sense, those tweets are being already linked to other tweets published from LIGIT offering land use evolution data and maps in small villages (CORINE Land Cover 1990-2012). The usual periodicity is various tweets per week. The main hashtag is #HAMLETS and two twitter accounts that can be followed for updates during the project are: on the one hand, @LIGIT_UAB and, on the other hand, @RicardMoren . The project HAMLETS was selected in the call for proposals RecerCaixa 2016 (promoted by Obra Social de 'la Caixa' with the collaboration of the Catalan Association of Public Universities, ACUP), it is developed from UAB with support from an association of local governments (Associació de Micropobles de Catalunya) and it is directed by Ricard Morén-Alegret.

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On 5 July 2017 a session on migration in rural areas of the European Union and North America took place at UAB within the framework of the 14th International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute. The institute convenes for two weeks and involves approximately 30 graduate students and numerous faculty members from universities placed in various continents. The ICRPS 2017 has been organised from the UAB Economy and Business Faculty. The session on migration in rural areas was was coordinated by Philomena De Lima (University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK) and Ricard Morén-Alegret (UAB). In this session, a variety of speakers participated, including Lídia Carvajal (UAEM, Mexico), William Ashton (Brandon University, Canada), Maria Crehuet and Mª Carme Freixa (Associació of Micropobles de Catalunya) as well as Neus Monllor (Universitat de Girona).

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In late May 2017 the paper titled "Sustainable Touristic Place in Times of Crisis? The Case of Empuriabrava – a Superdiverse Mediterranean Resort" was presented at Michigan University, USA, within the framework of the SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM. That paper is co-authored by Dawid Wladyka (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and Ricard Morén-Alegret (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Abstract: "Empuriabrava is a cosmopolitan neighborhood located in Costa Brava and one of the world’s largest residential marinas. About sixty-five percent of Empuriabrava’s population are foreign residents from dozens of nationalities. Their profile constitutes an intersection of religions, languages, socio-economic statuses, and migratory histories. Previous research rooted in conflict and contact theories as well as studies based on the superdiversity paradigm underscored the contradictory effect that diversity may have on the sustainable development of local communities. This paper analyzes Empuriabrava’s population daily life and community sustainability. The analysis is based on interviews with local key informants, both natives and immigrants, as well as analysis of statistical and documental sources. The results suggest that while superdiversity provides vast possibilities to empower sustainable development, a perceived lack of local authorities’ involvement diminishes this positive effect. The economic downturn has been observed as enhancing conflict and limiting collaborative initiatives. However, the efficient management of superdiversity in tourism–oriented neighborhoods has been found to be a key asset, which may help to experience rejuvenation instead of decline in the resort life cycle model. In this sense, this paper shows practical sustainability lessons to be learnt from Empuriabrava recent history and present situation". (Source: http://graham.umich.edu/events/sustainability-social-science-research)

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The 15th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration

[Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona, UAB/GEO/GRM]

took place during May 2017 with the following

Programme:

9 May 2017, 11:30h. Josepha Milazzo, Aix-Marseille Université:
Lugar, inmigración y geografía de una ‘aldea’ global. El caso de Cadaqués 

18 May 2017, 11:30h. Natàlia Ribas-Mateos, Trans-MENA:
Migracions, Mobilitats i la Primavera Àrab. Ressorgiment del dret a tenir drets a les fronteres? 

23 May 2017, 11:30h. Àlex Cubells, Geografia UAB:
El comerç paquistanès a Barcelona. Explorant el cas del barri de Camp de l’Arpa 

All sessions were open to the public and took place in Aula 101 at the Philosophy & Arts Faculty (Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres) of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, located in Bellaterra campus.

*Seats were available on a first-come, first-served, basis.
**Before attending a seminar, outside visitors were advised to check the website http://geografia.uab.es/migracions to confirm details and to take into account last minute changes.
*** The language used by the speaker in each seminar is indicated in the respective titles.

*** These seminars were held within the framework of the Trans-MENA project (MINECO 2017-2019), the UAB Doctoral Studies Programme on Geography and the Migration Research Programme of Grup de Recerca Consolidat Interfase (SGR2014-2017, AGAUR). This seminar series have been awarded by the Dean of the UAB Philosophy & Arts Faculty and was coordinated by Dr. Ricard Morén-Alegret.

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On February 2017, the research project titled '"HAMLETS. Immigration and sustainable development in small villages'" was selected in the open call for proposals RecerCaixa 2016 , promoted by Obra Social 'la Caixa' and Association of Catalan Public Universities, ACUP (among 205 proposals, 18 projects were selected for funding). In English, hamlet means small village and, at the same time, Hamlet is the main character of an existential tragedy written by William Shakespeare. This project explores the human geography, the sustainability dynamics and the 'to be or not to be' debate of small villages (i.e. municipalities with less than 500 inhabitants). In Catalonia, the area covered by hamlets is more than a third of the territory, but less than 2% of the Catalan population reside in these small villages. This is a project carried out in collaboration with Associació de Micropobles de Catalunya (with its president Mª Carme Freixa upfront), but that has been granted to UAB, with Ricard Morén-Alegret as Principal Investigator and various participants based at ICTA, LIGIT, IERMB, DdG and GRM as well as Newcastle University, UK. The duration of the project is 2 years (minimum) and it is focused on Catalonia, within the European context (some tasks will be carried out in France, the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Eire).

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Recently, Dawid Wladyka collaborated with the project "Trafficking in Persons in Central America and along Mexico's Eastern Migration Routes: The Role of Transnational Criminal Organizations". The project lasted 18 months and was directed by Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. It was financially supported by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the U.S. Department of State. The first results of the project, including maps and photos, are available at the following website: http://www.utrgv.edu/human-trafficking/index.htm

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This winter (in the Northern hemisphere) 2016-2017 an article titled "Living with climate change risks: stakeholders’ employment and coastal relocation in mediterranean climate regions of Australia and Spain" has been published in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions. This article is the outcome of an inter-continental collaboration, pays an international homage to the late Professor Graeme Hugo and is co-authored by Sandra Fatoric, Ricard Morén-Alegret, Rhiannon J. Niven & George Tuan. DOI: 10.1007/s10669-017-9629-6.

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The book titled Inter-group Relations and Migrant Integration in European Cities and edited by Ferruccio Pastore & Irene Ponzo (2016) is already available (and can be downloaded as PDF) in the open access platform Springer Open: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-23096-2. with This book includes chapters on London, Budapest, Turin, Nuremberg and Barcelona. The latter one is authored by Ricard Morén-Alegret, Albert Mas & Dawid Wladyka.

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On 22 November 2016 took place at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) the Symposium on Climate Migration, organized by Ecodes. Among the invited speakers who came from various countries and were linked to academic, environmental, social, political, economic and media institutions - there was Ricard Morén-Alegret. His contribution was offered within the session titled "Definition and dimension of the phenomenon". For more information and details, please see: https://migracionesclimaticas.org .

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From mid September to mid December 2016, Ricard Morén-Alegret is carrying out several fieldworks on immigration in rural areas and small towns in Provence and Roussillon (France). These actions take place within the framework of a research visit to TELEMME laboratory, Aix-Marseille Université (http://telemme.mmsh.univ-aix.fr), where he was invited.

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During June 2016, a special issue of the international academic journal e-migrinter titled "L’ajustement méthodologique comme fabrique critique du savoir dans les études migratoires" has been published. It has been co-edited by Mike Gadras (U. Paris XIII) and Josepha Milazzo (AMU & UAB). This publication includes over a dozen of fresh artiles on the study of human migration written from a variety of social sciences: "Ce numéro d'e-Migrinter donne suite au séminaire des doctorants du laboratoire Migrinter des 23 et 24 Juin 2014 intitulé : « nouvelles migrations, nouveaux concepts, nouvelles méthodes - vers une réflexion critique sur l’enthousiasme pour la nouveauté dans le champ des migrations ». Les contributions réunies dans ce dossier permettent d'appréhender un souci similaire de distanciation par rapport aux cadres méthodologiques pour mieux s’y confronter, les tester, s’en rapprocher, les « réajuster », et ce en fonction de terrains de recherche qui s’inscrivent résolument dans une démarche inductive" (see: http://e-migrinter.revues.org/676).

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During May 2016 Ricard Morén-Alegret participated as invited speaker in two international academic gatherings held abroad: on the one hand, a transatlantic workshop titled "Exploring and identifying barriers to migrants’ opportunities in the labour market". This event took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 17 and 18 May. It was organised by the Queen's University Belfast and MICaRD, a international regional studies network. Ricard Morén's presentation was titled Conceptualising new migration patterns to small towns and rural areas.  

On the other hand, Ricard Morén-Alegret also participated in a European workshop on "New Migration Processes and Development in Peripheral Areas" that took place on 2 and 3 May 2016 in Gorizia (Italy), a town that is part of an international conurbation with Nova Gorica (Eslovenia). That workshop was organized by Università di Trieste (Italy) and Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). Ricard Morén's presentation was titled: International immigration in small human settlements: reflections on ruralphilia/ruralphobia and urbophilia/urbophobia.

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From February to May 2016 five sessions of the 14th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration took place in Barcelona metropolitan region. The organisation of these events is linked to the Departament of Geography at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB/GEO/GRM. These seminars are coordinated by Ricard Morén-Alegret and held also within the framework of the UAB Doctoral Studies Programme in Geography and the Migration Research Programme of 'Interfase' Consolidated Research Group (SGR 2014-2016, AGAUR). 

Concretely, this academic year the GRM seminar series included a first presentation on 26 February 2016 by Marie Curie Researcher Polina Palash (Aix-Marseille Université, Francia) titled Lazos transnacionales entre familias ecuatorianas en Barcelona y en Ecuador: dinámicas de protección social. The seminar dealt with issues affecting various municipalities placed in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Posterioly, the second seminar was held on 26 April 2016 and then Elisa Brey (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) offered a presentation titled Carreras migratorias y políticas de integración en la región de Madrid. Concretely, she focused on the situation of the main foreign immigrants groups. That same week, on 28 April 2016, lecturer Marco Aparicio Wilhelmi (Universitat de Girona) presented a third seminar titled El règim d’estrangeria: l’excepcionalitat com a norma. In that seminar several socio-juridical issues linked Spain and Europe were discussed. In contrast, the following month, on 17 May 2016, researcher Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) presented a communication titled Condicions per a la ciutadania: residencia, família, comportament o vulnerabilitat. She reflected on various conceptual and politico-juridical issues with a multi-level perspective. Finally, the seminar seried concluded on 24 May 2016 with a communication presented by lecturer Fátima Velez-Castro (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) that was titled Forced migration: an analysis at the light of anthropic risks. She focused her attention on a relevant geographical study case, the Ilha do Fogo, in the African archipielago of Cape Verde. All sessions were open to the public and took place at the Philosophy and Arts Faculty (Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres) of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, located in Bellaterra campus.

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In December 2015, the Handbook of Chinese Migration. Identity and Wellbeing has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. This collective book has been edited by Robyn R. Iredale, Australian National University, and Fei Guo, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Among their sections, there is a chapter co-authored by Dawid Wladyka & Ricard Morén-Alegret that is titled: "Chinese Immigrants in the Sagrada Familia Neighbourhood of Barcelona, Spain: Their Socio-economic Viability and Identity". For more information, please click here, where details and critical acclaims as the following ones can be found:

‘Iredale and Guo have produced a twenty-first century handbook by placing Chinese migration in a world context. A one-stop shop for up-to-date information about Chinese internal and international migration, the book articulates an intellectually expansive agenda that highlights identity, wellbeing, inequality, and global networks. Contributions by leading social scientists from several continents are richly illustrated with data, maps, and qualitative materials. A good mix of broad trends and detailed case studies further positions the book to appeal to researchers, students, practitioners and beyond.’
– C. Cindy Fan, UCLA, USA

‘The range of topics covered in the chapters is impressive. Written by both established and younger scholars, all of whom are actively researching migration in and from China, this Handbook will become an authoritative guide to the variety of themes around internal and international population movements and China.’
– Ronald Skeldon, University of Sussex, UK and Maastricht University, the Netherlands

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In November 2015, Josepha Milazzo has published an article titled "Du contexte villageois au village global. Approche réflexive de la contribution théorique d’une recherche empirique sur la migration internationale (Cadaqués, Espagne)" in the electronic scientific journal e-migrinter. Since 2008, this journal is published by the prestigious laboratory MIGRINTER (CNRS / Université de Poitiers, France) and it is focused on human migration studies. The aforementioned article is related to the PhD thesis project that Josepha Milazzo is carrying out within the framework of an international co-direction agreement and under the co-supervision of Virginie Baby-Colin (Aix-Marseille Université) and Ricard Morén-Alegret (UAB). See: https://e-migrinter.revues.org/545

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During Autumn 2015, various fieldworks and research meetings that are relevant for this migration research programme and GRM have taken place in several European countries. On the one hand, a fieldwork was carried out in Greece, where Ricard Morén-Alegret interviewed the first ever international immigrant from outside Europe that has been elected as Mayor of a municipality in that country (he was born in Siria and elected in 2014). Moreover, Ricard Morén-Alegret had a meeting with Professor Charalambos Kasimis (collaborator of this research programme and linked to the Agricultural University of Athens) and, among other actions more, approached the current situation of German immigrants living in coastal Western Greece.

 

On the other hand, in England, UK, Ricard Morén-Alegret carried out fieldwork in South Warwickshire and meetings with researchers based at the University of Bath and the University of Warwick. Furthermore, in the latter place, he participated in a moving gathering titled "Universities Challenged: Where Next for Higher Education?", where, among other relevant speakers, Nigel Thrift, geographer and Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University, outstanded.

 

Finally, in the Republic of Ireland / Eire, Ricard Morén-Alegret had meetings with various members of the University of Dublin's Sociology Department, including director Daniel Faas. Moreover, he carried out fieldwork in Ireland's West Coast, where there is a significant Brazilian immigrants' community as well as relevant environmental, social and cultural movements.

 

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From August 2015, two collaborators of GRM and this set of migration research projects start new university jobs at the United States of America. On the one hand, Dr. Sandra Fatoric starts her Post-Doctoral contract at North Carolina State University. On the other hand, Dr. Dawid Wladyka starts his Lecturer contract at University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley.

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On 28 May 2015, at 11h, Professor Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, University of Bath (England, UK) presented the third session of the 13th Annual Seminar Series on Migration UAB-GRM. This session was titled Migrating to another place, venturing beyond the wire. The venue was Aula 101 of the Philosophy and Arts Faculty (Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres), at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, in Bellaterra campus.

This seminar series is co-funded by the Dean Office of the UAB Philosophy and Arts Faculty and is coordinated by professor Ricard Morén-Alegret. These events are held in the framework of the Migration Research Programme of Grup de Recerca Consolidat Interfase (SGR2014-2016, AGAUR) as well as the UAB Doctoral Program in Geography.

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On 5 May 2015, at 11:30h, junior researcher Beatriz Felipe, from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV, Tarragona, Spain), presented a seminar titled Los movimientos de población inducidos por el cambio climático: retos para el Derecho internacional within the framework of the 13th Annual Seminar Series on Migration UAB-GRM. This seminar series is co-funded by the Dean Office of the UAB Philosophy and Arts Faculty and is coordinated by professor Ricard Morén-Alegret. These events are held in the framework of the Migration Research Programme of Grup de Recerca Consolidat Interfase (SGR2014-2016, AGAUR) and the UAB Geography Doctoral Program.

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On 30 April 2015, at 11:30h., Dr. Dirk Gebhardt, Marie Curie Researcher at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF, Barcelona, Spain)presented a seminar titled Ciudades y ciudadanía para inmigrantes - Barcelona y Madrid comparadas within the framework of the 13th Annual Seminar Series on Migration UAB-GRM. This seminar series is co-funded by the Dean Office of the UAB Philosophy and Arts Faculty and is coordinated by professor Ricard Morén-Alegret. These events are held in the framework of the Migration Research Programme of Grup de Recerca Consolidat Interfase (SGR2014-2016, AGAUR) and the UAB Geography Doctoral Program.

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In February 2015 the Dictionnaire des migrations internationales. Approche géohistorique has been published by Armand Colin in Paris, France. This is an encyclopedic book of 816 pages edited by Emeritus Professor Gildas Simon (MIGRINTER, Université de Poitiers/CNRS) including original work written by over 150 authors from a wide variety of countries (mainly, geographers and historians). A significant portion of the benefits raised by this book are planned to be devoted to fund a pre-doctoral fellowship on migration studies at MIGRINTER. Among others, two GRM collaborators - Virginie Baby-Collin, AMU, and Ricard Morén-Alegret, UAB - have voluntarily contributed to this international and human friendly publication.

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On 25 November 2014, the Centre for Climate and Security, Washington DC, USA, has published a paper written by Sandra Fatorić and titled "Migration As A Climate Adaptation Strategy In Developed Nations" as BRIEFER nº24, please see: https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/migration-as-a-climate-adaptation-strategy-in-developed-nations_briefer-24.pdf

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From 3 to 7 November 2014 took place in Milan (Italy) the METROPOLIS International Congress, "Migration. Energy for the Planet, Feeding Cultures". This world congress is organised annually since 1996, almost every year in a different place. On this occasion, more than 700 participants from the five continents and a variety of academic, governmental, social, economic and cultural intitutions gathered in Milan (see: http://www.metropolis2014.eu). Within the framework of this congress, on 5 November 2014, Workshop 205 titled "Immigration in Small Towns and Low-Density Rural Areas" took place. This workshop was co-organised by Fátima Velez de Castro, Universidade de Coimbra, and Ricard Morén-Alegret, UAB. Apart from the co-organisers, this session also included presentations from Lucinda Fonseca, Universidade de Lisboa, Michele Nori, European University Institute, and Paulo Espínola, Universidade de Coimbra. This workshop continued a previous session held in September 2011 within the framework of the METROPOLIS International Conference that took place in the Azores Islands, Portugal, and that was co-organised by Ricard Morén-Alegret and Lucinda Fonseca.

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On 4 October 2014, Josepha Milazzo presented a comunication titled "Habiter un 'village global': Espaces du lieu et expériences de la localité de migrants internationaux villageois (Cadaques, Espagne)" during the Festival International de Géographie (FIG) held in Saint-Dié-des-Vosgues (France). See more details at: http://www.fig.saint-die-des-vosges.fr/

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A new GRM working paper has been published in this website. Concretely, in this new issue Dr. Maja Zovko (University of Zadar, Croatia) offers an overview of the current fiction literature on international immigration in Spain. For more details, please visit the Working Papers section (http://geografia.uab.es/migracions/eng/workingpapers.htm) and/or click below: WP-GRM-2014-3: ZOVKO, M. (2014) Algunas peculiaridades de la narrativa actual sobre la inmigración extranjera en España. GRM Working Papers, issue nº 3.

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On 25 September 2014, in the framework of a 3 months research visit to MIGRINTER laboratory, Université de Poitiers (France), co-funded by Poitou-Charentes Region, Ricard Morén-Alegret presented a seminar titled "British immigration and sustainable small towns and rural areas. Exploring the case of Poitou-Charentes" at Poitiers University's MSHS. See news on the seminar: http://migrinter.hypotheses.org/1877. And on the research visit in western France: http://migrinter.hypotheses.org/1821 . This research visit to MIGRINTER and the fieldwork carried out in Poitou-Charentes from July to September 2014 it is based on the previous R+D project titled "Immigrants' integration and the role of a diversity of organisations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas" (ref. CSO2009-13909) and funded by the Spanish Government Ministry for Science and Innovation (2010-2013).

Bilingual sign in Charente Maritime, August 2014. Photo by Ricard Morén

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From 23 June to 25 June 2014 the Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change Conference was organised by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, IRiS, at the University of Birmingham, UK. In this conference several presentations related to the Concordia Discors project took place. This project has been coordinated by FIERI, Italy, and participated by reserarch groups from the UK (COMPAS), Hungary (TARKI), Germany, Belgium (EPC) and Spain (GRM). On 23 June 2014, Ricard Morén-Alegret & Dawid Wladyka co-presented there a paper co-prepared together with Albert Mas and titled "The neighbourhood forum as a community engagement tool in superdiverse areas: experiences from Barcelona". This presentation was strongly related to contributions presented the day after also in that Superdiversity conference: one by Ole Jensen (University of Oxford, UK) titled "Whose neighbourhood? A comparative analysis of the neighbourhood forum as a platform for community engagement" and another one by Pietro Cingolani & Irene Ponzo (FIERI, Italy) titled "Making Group Borders and Relations in Superdiverse European Neighbourhoods".

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON IMMIGRATION, DIVERSITY AND INTEGRATION

On 2 June 2014 an international workshop on Immigration, Diversity and Integration took place at the UAB Barcelona city campus (Sant Pau modernist area). This event was organised by the Geography Department of Harokopeio University (Athens, Greece), and it was held in the context of a 2014 workshop series organised in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Malta. These workshops are funded by the European Commission and the Greek government. In the Barcelona workshop, various organizations and institutions from Greece and Spain participated: among others, Agricultural University of Athens, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), Harokopeio University (Athens), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, Patra Municipal Council (Western Greece), Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, ELIAMEP, Casa Asia (Spain), Barcelona Public Libraries Network, Living-together Network of Roses town (Girona province), Federation of Organisations of Poble Sec Neighbourhood (Barcelona city). There was local organisational support from the coordinator of GRM at the UAB Geography Department, Ricard Morén-Alegret.

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European Labour Mobility report published in spring 2014

The current economic situation forces the EU to look into ways to develop smart growth within its boundaries, involving all of its members states for a healthier and sustainable socio-economic future. But how can this be achieved? The Harnessing European Labour Mobility (HELM) report, presented during spring 2014 in Brussels and other places, uses 5 forecasting scenarios to show what effect measures taken today would have in 2025. HELM suggests 16 policy recommendations regarding training of mobile workers, improving job matching services such as EURES, reducing obstacles to mobility, and showing the added value of mobility. Ricard Morén-Alegret was part of the advisory board and contributed to the study participating in various workshops held in Brussels as well as with the following entry in the final report (p.75):

" Perception of individual-level benefits for mobile workers and migrants within the EU: the need for (a) common sense (of place)

Migration within Europe is nothing new and, beyond the sound of what might be heard as trumpets of the apocalypse, there is a long history of migration across borders that have instead been music to European ears, helping to overcome economic gaps and political conflicts (Pascual 1970). Of course migration and mobility are not always harmonious – sometimes there is a lack of rhythm (the supply of workers does not cover existing demand) or the rhythm instead seems too fast (multiple immigration waves in a short period can be perceived as overwhelming). Today, if the EU-28 is considered a musical ensemble, the common European orchestra needs to play smarter and in tune. This lack of harmony can be an opportunity for common improvement. Regarding migration or mobility within the EU, it would be wiser to bear in mind a wide meaning of “benefit”, such as “a favourable or helpful factor or circumstance”, than to consider just a narrow meaning, such as “payment” (Thompson 1995). A score is often helpful when playing music and, similarly, scientific research can be helpful in designing a new European policymaking framework on mobility and migration. There is a need for more evidence-based research about the current migration situation. Regarding both individuals on the move and potential future migrants, such European policies should take into account that there is a link between emotion and movement between places. A sense of place may be felt on many scales, and there is no single sense of place, but rather many embedded and interconnected feelings that may be seen in particular settings (Mendoza and Morén-Alegret 2013). Accordingly, the perception of individual-level benefits for mobile workers and migrants within the EU may take place on several scales. There is not only the need for multilevel governance on migration (Zincone, Penninx and Borkert 2011), but also a possible multiscale sense of place among EU citizens has to be taken into account. If the goal is to be a lasting union, Europe should then be considered as a welcoming place where individuals can find a place to truly live, not just a general or abstract political space. Europe, then, as a place of places. “Places exist not only as physical entities but also as a result of people’s different experiences, and places are full of meaning and encompass an existential dimension, an emotional link with the human being. People’s lives occur in and interact with specific places with well-defined attributes … In an increasingly unequal global world, places may acquire a greater role in providing security and assurance for individual identities” (Mendoza and Morén-Alegret 2013). However, regarding mobility and migration, does Europe have well-defined attributes and does it provide security and assurance? As in a music performance, smart European policy on migration and integration is not just about technical expertise but about the whole sensorial experience."

Source: Morén-Alegret, R. (2014) "Perception of individual-level benefits for mobile workers and migrants within the EU: the need for (a) common sense (of place)", In Thode, E. (coord.) Harnessing European Labour Mobility, Gütersloh (Germany): Bertelsmann Stiftung.

More information: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de

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On 8 May 2014, Dr. Xavier Torrens (Universitat de Barcelona & Fundació Baruch Spinoza) presented the session titled “Diàspora, diversitat i creativitat. La migració en el novè art i la memòria històrica de la cultura” at the UAB Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. This activity has been held in the framework of the seminar series on “Migration, Arts and Culture” of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration.

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On 29 Abril 2014, at 11:30h, Dr. Paola Minoia (University of Helsinki) presented a session titled "Environmental changes, mobilities and people's memories. Ethnographic work in Kenya (Taita Hills) and Morocco (Tafilalet)". This session took place within the Special GRM Seminar series on Climate change and Migration.

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On 10 April 2014, at 11:30h. Gaëlle Patin Laloy, Casa Asia (Barcelona) presented at the UAB Philosophy and Arts Faculty a session titled: “Migración y diversidad: El encuentro intercultural a través de las artes”. This activity has been held in the framework of the seminar series on “Migration, Arts and Culture” of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration.

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On 8 April 2014, the Viva of the PhD Thesis written by Albert Mas (GRM, UAB) and titled Foreign immigration around natural areas. An international comparison between localities of Alt Empordà (Spain) and Alentejo Litoral (Portugal) took successfully place at UAB. This thesis was directed by Dr. Ricard Morén-Alegret (GRM, UAB).

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On 22 March 2014, a paper co-written by Dawid Wladyka and Ricard Morén-Alegret (GRM-UAB) and titled “Towards a Mediterranean ‘Superdiverse’ Small Town? Immigration and Sustainability in Empuriabrava Neighborhood, Catalonia, Spain” was presented at the 2014 Urban Affairs Association Congress held in San Antonio (Texas, USA). SA1.01 session. Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Development (see: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2014/)

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On 10 March 2014, Sandra Fatoric (GRM-UAB) presented a paper titled “Climate change vulnerability in coastal proteceted áreas of Catalonia (Spain): The cases of Ebro Delta and Aiguamolls de l’Empordà” in the Conference on European Climate Change Adaptation. Research and Practice, held in Lisbon (Portugal). This presentation took place in the framework of a session on "Coastal areas, marine biodiversity and fisheries. Parallel session A" (vegeu: http://www.adaptationfrontiers.eu)

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On 6 March 2014, Judit Carrera, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), presented at the UAB Philosophy and Arts Faculty, the session titled “La dimensió cultural de la globalització. Migracions i diversitat cultural al CCCB”. This activity has been held in the framework of the seminar series on “Migration, Arts and Culture” of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration.

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According to the III ranking QS World University Rankings by Subject, published on 26/02/2014, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is among the best 100 universities in the world in the following disciplines: Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Communication, Economy, Geography and Physics. 3,002 universities were assessed, among them 689 were classified. The ranking is available at: www.topuniversities.com

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During the afternoon of the 20th of February 2014, the Viva of the PhD Thesis written by Sandra Fatoric (GRM, UAB) and entitled Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mediterranean region. Climate out of balance in Aiguamolls de l’Empordà? took successfully place at UAB. This thesis was directed by Dr. Ricard Morén-Alegret (GRM, UAB).

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On 20 February 2014, during the morning, Professor Lucka Kajfez-Bogataj (University of Ljubljana & IPCC) presented at UAB the paper "Our response to Climate Change: How to avoid the Unmanageable and to Manage the Unavoidable" in the framework of a small GRM special seminar series on climate change and migration.

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On 10 February 2014 Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics (CED), directed by Dr. Anna Cabré, celebrated its 30th birthday with an emotive event organised at the premises of the Parliament of Catalonia. Participants in the event were many and diverse, among them the coordinators of GRM, Dr. Àngels Pascual and Dr. Ricard Morén, as well as other group and UAB Geography Department members . During 1994-1996, CED hosted in their premises various members of the group that later gave birth to GRM and along the years we have collaborated as much as possible. Best wishes for a very happy year of celebrations!

 

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On 27 January 2014 Ricard Morén-Alegret participated in a workshop on migration within the European Union ( EU) that took place in Brussels (Belgium).

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On 17 December 2013 the conference "Xarxes fragmentades: migració internacional des de la ciutat de Mèxic" took place at Institut d’Estudis Catalans by Cristóbal Mendoza (GRM and Metropolitan Autonomous University-Iztapalapa, Mexico City). The conference was organised by Societat Catalana de Geografia (IEC).

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On 17 December 2013, the third session of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration took place at UAB. This seminar was presented by Maja Zovko, University of Zadar (Croatia) and it was titled “El exotismo, el folklore y las tradiciones en la literatura actual sobre la inmigración”.

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On 9 and 10 December 2013 the final meeting of the R+D project “Immigrants' integration and the role of a diversity of organisations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas” took place at the UAB Geography Department with the participation of some research team members. The project has been financed from 2010 to 2013 by the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Science and Innovation (reference CSO2009-13909) and directed by Dr Ricard Morén-Alegret. Please, find more information about this project on the following link: Project_Immigrants-Integration.htm

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On 28 November 2013 took place the Viva of the PhD Thesis written by Dawid Wladyka (GRM, UAB) and entitled: Inter-Ethnic Experiences of Polish Immigrants in South-Western European Neighborhoods. Comparing Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, and Empuriabrava, Castelló d’Empúries. It was co-directed by Ricard Morén-Alegret and Angels Pascual de Sans (GRM, UAB) and it was rated with an excellent cum laude by the members of the tribunal.

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On 26 November 2013, during the afternoon, Ricard Morén-Alegret presented a paper titled "Foreign immigration, intercultural dialogue and sustainability in small towns: The case of Roses, Northeastern Catalonia, Spain" in the Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue Conference. This conference was held in Barcelona and organised by the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM).

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During the morning of the 26th of November 2013 the second session of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration took place at UAB and was presented by Imma Boj (MHIC, St. Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona) with the following title: “Experiències i activitats del Museu d’Història de la Immigració a Catalunya, MHIC”.

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On 26 September 2013 at 10:30 am took place the opening session of the 12th GRM Annual Seminar Series on Migration - Special series on “Migration, Arts and Culture". The session was presented by Professor Marco Martiniello (Université de Liège, Belgium) and it was titled “Popular Arts, Ethnicity and Migration”. A variety of scholars and public participated there, including professors, researchers and students from the departments of geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, media and journalism studies and translation studies, among others.

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Since early September 2013 onwards, Josepha Milazzo holds a teaching post at Université de Corse / Università di Corsica (France).

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In August 2013, Ricard Morén-Alegret started a three-month research visit to the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM). Most of the geographic research that he is doing there is associated to the R+D project titled “The integration of immigrants and the role of a diversity of organisations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas” (reference CSO2009-13909) and is focused on an examination of different aspects of the cultural side of sustainability in small towns with a significant presence of foreign immigration. On this occasion, he is specifically focusing on the small Mediterranean town of Roses, which has a documented history of migration dating all the way back to Ancient Greece.

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During April, May and June 2013 the 11th GRM Anual Seminar Series on Migration took place at UAB. This academic year the seminar series has been specially devoted to “Migration, sustainability, mobility and environmental changes". On 24 April 2013 an introductory session was presented by Anna Vilaseca and Eduard Trepat, Fundació del Món Rural, FMR (Lleida) and titled "Mobilitat i sostenibilitat en el món rural català. De la transhumància a les migracions". Furthermore, in the international programme there were the following participants: Sandra Fatoric, GRM-UAB (17 May) with the paper titled “Migration as climate change adaptation? The case of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (Catalonia, Spain) in an international context”; Dr. Helen Adams, University of Exeter, England (22 May) with the paper titled "Mobility and immobility under environmental change: evidence from Peru and Bangladesh" ; Ethemcan Turhan, ICTA (29 May) with the paper titled “Climate Change Adaptation, Migration and Human Security: A critical vision on circular/seasonal migration from Turkey”; Dr. Navinder Singh, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Suecia (5 June) with the paper titled "Contrasting human and animal migrations in Central Asia and Europe" ; and, finally, Dr. Kees van der Geest, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (14 June) with the paper titled "Rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration. Empirical evidence from the Where the Rain falls project”. This seminar series was co-funded by the SGR 2009-2013 programme of AGAUR, it is linked to the R+D project CSO2009-13909 (funded by MICINN, 2010-2013) and it was directed by Dr. Ricard Morén-Alegret (see more information and some pictures in the section "Seminars" of this website).

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Picture: Seminar presented by Dr. Helen Adams

 

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On 15 May 2013, on the occasion of the International Day of Families, Dan Rodríguez was interviewed in Radio Nacional de España (Radio 5) and talked about immigration and mixed couples/families. The interview is available in the following link: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/entrevista-de-actualidad/entrevista-actualidad-r5-dia-internacional-familia-15-05-13/1820224/ 

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On the 10th of May 2013 an article titled “Navegaciones  e integraciones” and written by Ricard Morén-Alegret was published in La Vanguardia daily newspaper. The article is available both in Spanish and Catalan languages (with a note by the author) in the following links: http://scg.iec.cat/Scg9/Scg92/S90241.htm , http://geografia.uab.es/web/images/mitjans/lv_rmoren.pdf

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On Saturday 2 February 2013 an interview with Àngels Pascual de Sans was broadcasted on Badalona TV within the framework of the series titled "Les dones sàvies" (The wise women). It is possible to watch that program in the following website address: http://tvbadalona.xiptv.cat/les-dones-savies/capitol/angels-pascual-de-sans#.UQ1e5mZADOA.gmail

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Along 2012 the bulk of the fieldwork of the R+D project titled "Immigrants’ integration and the role of a diversity of organizations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas" (2010-2013) was completed. This project is funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and it is coordinated by Ricard Morén. After focusing fieldwork on Alt Empordà county (Catalonia, Spain), fieldworks were carried out in Warwickshire (England), North-Western Peloponese (Greece), Alentejo Litoral (Portugal) and the South-East of South Australia (Australia). During 2013 more results from this project will be displayed.

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On 25 October 2012 Josepha Milazzo presented a paper titled "Inmigración internacional y desarrollo de territorios (semi) rurales mediterráneos. Comparación de los bolivianos en Cataluña (Alt Empordà) y de los marroquíes en Córcega (Plaine Orientale)" in the international congress El valor de lo rural. This academic gathering was held in Zamora (Mexico).

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On October 23 2012, Dan Rodríguez-García participated as an invited expert speaker on intermarriage for the debate programme “Intercultural couples: problems, prejudices and everyday life”, El Mirall, broadcast by Catalunya Radio. Online access to the program: http://www.catradio.cat/audio/673837/Parelles-mixtes

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On 17 October 2012, the final conference of the international project titled "Concordia Discors" took place in the Residence Palace, Brussels. This innovative project is funded by the European Commission and coordinated by FIERI (Italy). During 2011 and 2012, integration processes and conflicts have been studied in two neighbourhoods of five European cities: London, Budapest, Barcelona, Turin and Nuremberg. The study on Barcelona was coordinated by Ricard Morén-Alegret and it included the participation of Dawid Wladyka and Albert Mas. These three GRM members participated in the final conference in Brussels together with four local stakeholders of the two neighbourhoods that were studied in Barcelona: Poble Sec and Sagrada Família. More information: http://www.concordiadiscors.eu/

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On October 15 2012, Dan Rodríguez-García was interviewed as an expert speaker on the topic “The brain drain as a negative impact of Catalan emigration” for the news programme L’Observatori, broadcast by La Xarxa (Municipal Radios’ Network), Barcelona, October 15. Online access to the program: http://blocs.xarxaradio.cat/observatori/2012/10/15/dan-rodriguez-expert-en-migracions-limpacte-negatiu-de-la-fuga-de-cervells-catalans-es-la-perdua-de-talent/
 
The Societat per a la difusió de les realitats culturals africanes (SDRCA) has awarded Dan Rodríguez-García the Barcelona, drassanes per Àfrica – Principat de Catalunya 2012 Award, for his contribution to the advancement of knowledge on Africa.

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PREVIOUS NEWS:

On August 3 2012, Albert Mas presented in the XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology held in Lisbon the paper “International immigration around natural protected areas. Exploring some localities in Alt Empordà (Spain) and Alentejo Litoral (Portugal)”, co-written with Ricard Morén-Alegret.

On July 27 2012, Albert Mas presented in the IX Coloquio Ibérico de Estudios Rurales held in Lisbon the paper “Inmigración internacional entorno a áreas naturales protegidas. Explorando algunas localidades del Alt Empordà (España) y el Alentejo Litoral (Portugal)”, co-written with Ricard Morén-Alegret.

On 22 June 2012, the international newspaper El País published an interview with Montserrat Feixas Vihé where she explained her experience as representative in India of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), among other issues. See:http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2012/06/22/¡actualidad/1340396778_700067.html

The article "Vulnerability to the effects of climate change and adaptation: The case of the Spanish Ebro Delta", co-authored by Sandra Fatoric, has been published in 2012 and it has become one of most downloaded articles of the journal Ocean & Coastal Management (Impact Factor: 1.524. 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.661). See: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/ocean-and-coastal-management/most-read-articles/

A fellowship of the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program 2012 “New Approaches to Transnationalism and Migratory Circulation” has been awarded to Josepha Milazzo. This program is organised by the Social Science Research Council and it is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

10th ANNUAL SEMINAR SERIES on MIGRATION. From January to May 2012, a decade of scientific debates on human migration was celebrated at GRM, Departament of Geography, UAB. The programme is available in the Seminars section of this website. The opening session was chaired by the UAB Vice-Rector for Research and the opening conference was offered by Professor Douglas S. Massey (Office of Population Research, Princeton University, USA) . On the other hand, the closing seminar included a conference by Professor Rosa Aparicio (Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid).

Several GRM members participated in the 2012 American Association of Geographers Congress that took place in New York city. On February 25 Ricard Morén-Alegret presented a paper co-authored by himself, Dawid Wladyka and Albert Mas on Foreign immigrants' integration in Barcelona, Roses and Castelló d'Empúries. Additionally, on Februery 26 Dawid Wladyka presented a paper co-authored by himself and Ricard Morén-Alegret on Polish immigrants in Catalonia.

Ricard Morén Alegret and Dawid Wladyka co-presented a paper co-authored by them and Albert Mas on Latin American immigration in Barcelona within the seminar Latin-American Migration, Patterns of Settlement and Transnational Dynamics. Perspectives from Europe, the USA and South America. This seminar took place at New York University on 29 February 2012 and it was organised by Virginie Baby-Collin (UMI Transitions, CNRS/NYU).

Dan Rodríguez-García has won a prize-fellowship at the call of the UAB Aposta 2011, within the Social and Cultural Progress research area, for the project: E Pluribus Unum: Immigration, Hybridity and Social Cohesion”. The awards ceremony took place on December 12 2011. in the auditorium of the Casa de Convalescència building.

On September 29 2011, Dan Rodríguez-García participated as an invited expert speaker on migration in the television programme Banda Ampla: “To emigrate for work”, broadcast by TV3 (Catalan public TV channel).

On 22 and 23 September 2011, Ricard Morén-Alegret participated in the "Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space" conference that took place at Oxford University (UK). He presented a paper there titled "Foreign immigration and the 2011 local elections in Barcelona: Channeling diversity?". This paper was co-authored by Ricard Morén-Alegret, Dawid Wladyka and Albert Mas, and it is related to the on-going European project titled "Concordia Discors" coordinated by FIERI.

From the 12th to the 16th of September 2011 the 16th International Metropolis Conference took place in Ponta Delgada (Azores Islands, Portugal). The following GRM members participated in the workshopImmigrants’ integration and sustainability in small towns” (wokshop 311): Albert Mas, Dawid Wladyka, Sandra Fatoric and Ricard Morén-Alegret (co-organizer and chair of the workshop). During the workshop, some of the work in progress carried out within the framework of the research project “Immigrants’ integration and the role of a diversity of organisations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas” (2010-2012) was presented and discussed. This project is directed by Dr. Ricard Morén-Alegret and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (R+D project CSO2009-13909). Please, click here to see the website of the congress and to download the program: www.metropolis2011.org/

On 21rst June 2011 Ricard Morén presented a paper at the conference organized by EURAC “Social Mobility and Migration. Multidisciplinary Perspectives” held in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

From 3 February to 2 June 2011 the IX Annual Seminars' Series on Migration organised by GRM took place at UAB with the presence of: Rinus Penninx (IMES, Universitaat van Amsterdam -UvA-, y Director de IMISCOE); Danièle Joly (Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations-CRER, University of Warwick); Anna Cabré, Directora del Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED); Santiago Roquer, (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Cristóbal Mendoza (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México DF); and Míriam Acebillo and Eva Østergaard (Departament de Ciència Política i Dret Públic, UAB). Please, click here to see the whole programme.

A new project with GRM participation titled Concordia Discors: Understanding Conflict and Integration Outcomes of Inter-Group Relations and Integration Policies in selected Neighbourhoods of Five European Cities has started (2011-2012). It is a European trans-national project funded by the European Commission and led by the Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI) in Italy. Ricard Morén-Alegret is coordinating research in Spain as part of this project.

From 4th to 8th October 2010 Dan Rodríguez García participated in the 15th International Metropolis Conference, celebrated in the Hague, with the paper "Immigrant Settlement and Integration in Spain: An Analysis of the Case of Catalonia Using the New National Survey of Immigration".

The Journal of International Migration and Integration has published the Dan Rodríguez García’s work “Beyond Assimilation and Multiculturalism: A Critical Review of the Debate on Managing Diversity”  (2010, 11/3: 251-271).

On September 13 and 14, Ricard Morén participated in the 7th IMISCOE annual Conference: www.imiscoe2010.org

July 8th, 9th and 10th held at the Facultat de Geografia i Història de la Universitat de Barcelona the XII Congreso de la Población Española organised by the Grupo de Población de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles (AGE). Àngels Pascual and Miguel Solana are are responsible for coordinating the monographic session “Téncicas cualitativas en los estudios de población”. Click to access the congress website.

In a next number of Social Networks it will be published the Verónica de Miguel and Mark Tranmer article "Personal support networks of immigrants to Spain: A multilevel analysis". The work, that analyses the formation of personal support networks of immigrants in Spain, it’s available at http://tinyurl.com/35qq3qf

Fundació CIDOB has published the Dan Rodríguez's document "Retos y tendencias en la gestión de la inmigración y la diversidad en clave transatlántica" within the collection "Documentos CIDOB Migraciones". Click on the title to download the complete text.

Willow Sussex Mata (University of California, USA) has been at UAB Geography Department as a Fulbright visiting researcher with the GRM, between October 2009 and March 2010.

The Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación del Gobierno de España has approved the research project "Immigrants’ integration and the role of a diversity of organizations in achieving sustainable small towns and rural areas" (2009-2013), directed by Ricard Morén.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has conceded Dan Rodríguez with one of the Research Excellency Awards (PREI_2008) dedicated to the Humanities and Social Sciences area of knowledge. This program awards the best investigation works published by members of this university. The 2008 award referred to the investigations published in 2006 and 2007.

On 3rd of July 2009 it was published by AGAUR agency (Catalan Government) the resolution of the SGR 2009-2013. GRM has been distinguished as "Consolidated and Funded Research Group" for the aforementioned period with Ricard Morén-Alegret as a Coordinator.

 

 

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