Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Migration is a critical issue of our times, and a major interdisciplinary field of enquiry in the social sciences; it epitomises the notion of ‘global studies’.

For more than a decade, SCMR has led the way in providing rigorous, evidence-based research to document the richness and diversity of the ‘migration experience’. Our research findings have multiple purposes: to contribute to the body of academic knowledge on migration; to counter ill-informed views and prejudices over migration; and to provide the policy community with relevant data. With increasing globalisation, migration has become a key element in north-south relations, and in the domestic politics of many developed and developing countries. It is also central to issues of identity and citizenship, and to the formation of pluralistic, hybrid and cosmopolitan societies. Whilst the dynamism of some migration streams may have stalled during the current global recession, debates over migration will undoubtedly continue in the future.

2nd SCMR-JEMS Annual International Conference 'Frontiers in Comparative Migration Research'

Prof Alba at the 2nd SCMR-JEMS conferenceProf Alba talks at the 2nd SCMR-JEMS conference

The Sussex Centre for Migration Research & Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies have hosted their second annual international conference on 11th March 2015. The keynote speaker was Professor Richard Alba (CUNY Graduate Center) talking on 'The challenges of integration in North America and Western Europe'. Other speakers included Prof Adrian Favell (SciencesPo), Prof Gocke Yurdakul (Humboldt), Dr Rahsaan Maxwell (UNC), Dr Antje Ellermann (UBC), Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL), and Prof Charles Watters (Sussex).

Further details and videos: 2nd SCMR-JEMS Annual International Conference page

Migration Graduate Conference

Graduate conference 2015Graduate Conference

This year’s conference, taking place 9th-10th March, is broadly focused on three main themes: ‘Problems, challenges and innovation in the study of migration  and diversity’, ‘Migrant lives, experiences and emotion’, and ‘Political and policy dimensions of migration and diversity’. Although the submission deadline has now passed, graduate students interested in attending can register their interest by emailing

  Further details: Conference website

SCMR Newsletter

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) , a University Research Centre . We hope this newsletter and those that follow will prov ide you with useful and interesting news and information regarding recent and upcoming SCMR events , as well as a taster of some of the research, teaching, and outreach activities of affiliated faculty members and postgraduate students.

Read more:

Sussex Centre for Migration Research - Newsletter No. 1, Summer 2014 [PDF 284.44KB]

The Immigration Debate at the Brighton Festival

 On Saturday May 17th, the Dome Theatre hosted a 90 minute panel discussion on “The Immigration Debate: A World on the Move: the long view of migration’ attended by more than 400 people as part of the Brighton Festival. The Immigration Debate Chaired by writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe offered a broad perspective, looking at what has driven migration historically as well as examining the forces that will drive it in the future. The panel included Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research Professor Paul Statham; The Times columnist and author David Aaranovitch; the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips; and the historian and slavery expert Dr Madge Dresser (UWE). If you missed the event you can see a recorded stream of the debate or read the review in the Argus

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