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The Migration Conference 2021, London, UK – 6-10 July 2021

9th Migration Conference, 6-10 July 2021, International British Business School and Ming Ai Institute, London, United Kingdom

The 9th Migration Conference, TMC 2021 was held from 6 to 10 July 2021 and hosted on MS Teams as a virtual conference.

The TMC 2021 London was a forum for discussion where experts, young researchers and students, practitioners and policy makers working in the field of migration have joined the debate and exchanged their knowledge and experiences in a friendly and frank environment. The Migration Conference 2021 London was held as a virtual conference due to COVID-19 Pandemic and travel restrictions. 

tmc2021 invoiceThe conference was organised in thematic streams of about 60 parallel sessions and six plenary sessions over five days. About 500 participants from 60 countries have participated.

The conference venue was initially set as Ming Ai Institute in London, UK but due to ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions, the event moved online and was hosted virtually.

We thank our hosts, reviewers, participants, supporting organisations and the team of volunteers who collaboratively made the event a success.

Ibrahim Sirkeci (Chair) and Chungwen Li (Co-Chair)
The Migration Conference 2021 Chairs

The TMC 2021 Committees:
Executive Committee:

  • Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, International British Business School, UK (Chair)
  • Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University, USA
  • Prof Philip L Martin, University of California Davis, USA

Transnational Advisory Committee:

  • Prof Deborah Anker, Harvard University, United States
  • Prof Gudrun Biffl, Krems, Austria
  • Prof Lucinda Fonseca, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Prof Elli Heikkila, Migration Institute of Finland, Finland
  • Prof Mohamed Khachani, AMERM & University of Rabat, Morocco
  • Prof Beatrice Knerr, Kassell University, Germany and Hefei University, China
  • Prof Markus Kotzur, Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Prof Jonathan Liu, Global Banking School, UK
  • Prof Apostolos G Papadopoulos, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof João Peixoto, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Prof Michela C. Pellicani, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy
  • Prof Giuseppe Sciortino, University of Trento, Italy

Transnational Scientific Committee:


  • Agnes Igoye, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Uganda
  • Prof Mohamed Khachani, AMERM & University of Rabat, Morocco
  • Dr Rania Rafik Khalil, The British University in Egypt, Egypt
  • Dr Sadhana Manik, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Prof Claude Sumata, National Pedagogical University, DR Congo
  • Dr Ayman Zohry, Egyptian Society for Migration Studies, Egypt


  • Dr Bharati Basu, Central Michigan University, USA
  • Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, USA
  • Dr José Salvador Cueto-Calderón, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Dr Ana Vila Freyer, Universidad Latina de México, Mexico
  • Dr Pascual Gerardo García-Macías, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador
  • Dr Torunn Haaland, Gonzaga University, USA
  • Prof Liliana Jubilut, Universidade Católica de Santos, Brazil
  • Prof Philip L Martin, University of California Davis, USA
  • Dr Eric M. Trinka, James Madison University, USA
  • Karla Angélica Valenzuela-Moreno, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
  • Dr Hassan Vatanparast, Saskatchewan University, Canada
  • Prof Rodolfo García Zamora, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Dr Monette Zard, Columbia University, USA


  • Prof Ram Bhagat, International Institute for Population Sciences, India
  • Dr Amira Halperin, University of Nottingham Ningbo, P.R. China
  • Dr Sadaf Mahmood, Government College University, Pakistan
  • Dr Shweta Sinha Deshpande, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, India
  • Prof Nicholas Procter, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Dr Ruchi Singh, Prin.L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, India
  • Dr AKM Ahsan Ullah, University Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
  • Dr Zhongwei Xing, University of Technology Brunei, Brunei
  • Dr Xi Zhao, Hefei University, P.R. China

Eastern Europe

  • Dr Merita Zulfiu-Alili, South East European University, N. Macedonia
  • Dr Olga R. Gulina, RUSMPI- Institute on Migration Policy, Russian Federation
  • Dr Tuncay Bilecen, Kocaeli University, Turkey, UK
  • Prof Dilek Cindoglu, Izmir Technology University, Turkey
  • Dr Yaprak Civelek, Anadolu University, Turkey
  • Dr Z. Banu Dalaman, Istanbul Ayvansaray University, Turkey
  • Dr Sevim Atilla Demir, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Prof Vladimir Iontsev, Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  • Dr İnci Aksu Kargın, Uşak University, Turkey
  • Prof Sebnem Koser Akcapar, Ankara Social Sciences University, Turkey
  • Dr Oksana Koshulko, Alfred Nobel University, Ukraine
  • Dr Murat Lehimler, Urban Development and Social Research Association, Turkey
  • Dr Armagan Teke Lloyd, Abdullah Gul University, Turkey
  • Dr Vildan Mahmutoğlu, Galatasaray University, Turkey
  • Dr Nermin Oruc, Centre for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research (CREDI), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dr Gökay Özerim, Yaşar University, Turkey
  • Prof Irina Savchenko, Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
  • Prof Ali Tilbe, Tekirdag Namik Kemal University, Turkey
  • Dr Fethiye Tilbe, Namik Kemal University, Turkey
  • Dr Onur Unutulmaz, Ankara Social Sciences University, Turkey
  • Dr Deniz Eroglu Utku, Trakya University, Turkey
  • Dr Pınar Yazgan, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Dr Sinan Zeyneloglu, Kent University, Turkey


  • Dr Nirmala Devi Arunasalam, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
  • Dr Bahar Baser, Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Dr Gülseli Baysu, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Prof Petra Bendel, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Dr Gul Ince Beqo, University of Bari, Italy
  • Prof Aron Anselem Cohen, University of Granada, Spain
  • Dr Martina Cvajner, University of Trento, Italy
  • Dr Carla de Tona, Independent Researcher, Italy
  • Dr Sureya Sonmez Efe, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Dr Deniz Cosan Eke, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Dr Alina Esteves, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Dr Sarah E. Hackett, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom
  • Dr Serena Hussain, Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Prof Monica Ibáñez-Angulo, University of Burgos, Spain
  • Prof Markus Koller, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Prof Jonathan Liu, Ming-Ai (London) Institute, United Kingdom
  • Dr Altay Manço, Institut de Recherche, Formation et Action sur les Migrations, Belgium
  • Dr A. Erdi Öztürk, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
  • Isabella Piracci, Avvocatura Generale dello Stato, Rome, Italy
  • Dr Sahizer Samuk-Carignani, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Prof Giuseppe Sciortino, University of Trento, Italy
  • Dr Selma Akay Sert, University College London, UK
  • Dr Caner Tekin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Irene Tuzi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Dr Emilia Lana de Freitas Castro, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Ülkü Sezgi Sözen, University of Hamburg, Germany

Near East

  • Dr Rania M Rafik Khalil, The British University in Egypt, Egypt
  • Dr Simeon Magliveras, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr Bradley Saunders, American University of Bahrain, Bahrain
  • Dr Paulette K. Schuster, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dr Omar Al Serhan, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr Md Mizanur Rahman, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Dr Liat Yaknich, Beit Berl College, Israel

Local Organisation Committee:

  • Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, IBBS, UK (Chair)
  • Dr Nirmala Devi Arunasalam, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Dr A. Erdi Öztürk, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
  • Dr Aytac Yerden, Gedik University, Turkey (IT)
  • Ege Cakir, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (Admin)
  • Cagdas Torbacioglu, Transnational Press London, UK (Admin)
  • Nihal Yazgan, Transnational Press London, UK (Admin)

Invited Speakers at TMC2021 London, UK [ONLINE]

The Migration Conferences entertained distinguished scholars delivering keynote speeches including:

Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp, Sonoma State University, USA [2021], Dr Élise Féron, Tampere University, Finland [2021], Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, Loyola University Chicago, USA [2021], James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA [2021], Camilla Orjuela, University of Gothenburg, Sweden [2021], Pia M. Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, USA [2021], Dr Rodolfo Cruz Piñeiro, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico [2021], Hna. Leticia Gutiérrez Valderrama, Scalabrinian Missionary and Diocese of Sigüenza-Guadalajara-Spain [2021], Dr Martina Cvajner, University of Trento, Italy [2020], Dr Jelena Dzankic, European University Institute, Italy [2020], Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews, UK [2020], Prof Elli Heikkilä, Research Director, Migration Institute of Finland, Finland [2020], Agnes Igoye, Deputy National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Uganda [2020], Helén Nilsson, Director, Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania [2020], Giuseppe Brescia, MP, Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies, Parliamento Italiano, Italy [2020], Markus Kotzur, Universität Hamburg, Germany [2019], Karsten Paerregaard, Gothenburg University, Sweden [2019], Martin Ruhs, European University Institute, Florence, Italy [2019], Carlos Vargas Silva, University of Oxford, UK [2019], Sasskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA [2017], Oded Stark, U of Bonn, Germany [2017], Giuseppe Sciortino, University of Trento, Italy [2017], Joaquin Arango, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain [2018], Ruba Salih, SOAS, University of London, UK [2018], Fiona B. Adamson, SOAS, University of London, UK [2019], Pedro Calado, The High Commissioner for Migration, Lisbon, Portugal [2018], Ferruccio Pastore, FIERI – Forum of International and European Research on Immigration, Italy [2019], Michelle Leighton, International Labour Organization, Genève, Switzerland [2018], Yuksel Pazarkaya, Novelist, Turkey [2017], Caroline Brettell, Southern Methodist University, USA [2015], Barry Chiswick, George Washington University, USA [2014], Karen Phalet, KU Leuven, Belgium [2016], Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, USA [2015], Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK [2014, 2016], Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, USA [2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020], Samim Akgonul, Strasbourg University, France [2016], Kemal Kirisci, Bogazici University, Turkey [2012], Nedim Gürsel, CNRS, CETOBaC & INALCO, France, Turkey [2015],  Philip L. Martin, University of California, Davis, USA [2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020], Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, United Kingdom [2012].

Programme, Book of Abstracts and Publications

The Migration Conference 2021 Programme and Abstracts Book can be downloaded from here. when ready. Selected conference papers are invited to edited books following the conference.

News about the Conference
The Migration Conference 2021 hosted online via MS Teams / Zoom.

Supporters and Friends of The Migration Conference
The Migration Conference 2021 has been supported by the following organisations:

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