Micheline van Riemsdijk
My research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion and barriers to the free movement of migrants. Dr. Marion Panizzon (University of Bern) and I are guest editors for a special issue on multilevel governance in international migration for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Together with Dr. Qingfang Wang (University of California Riverside) I edited a book on Rethinking International Skilled Migration (Routledge 2017). More information on my research website.
Keywords: governance qualitative methods belonging international migration skilled migration skill recognition
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My research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of migrants, and the governance of international migration. I am especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed.
I am currently working on two projects: 1) The labor market integration of highly skilled refugees in Sweden. 2) Global governance of migration. From June until October 2018 I am a research fellow at the Center for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen to study the involvement of stakeholders in the negotiations for the global compacts on refugees and migration. More information is available here.
Marion Panizzon (University of Bern) and I served as guest editors for a special issue on multilevel governance in international migration for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Free copies are available here.
Together with Dr. Qingfang Wang, I edited a book on Rethinking International Skilled Migration (Routledge 2017). It engages with the following questions: How have international skilled migratory flows been formed, sustained, and transformed over multiple spaces and scales? How have these processes affected cities and regions? And how have multiple stakeholders responded to these processes? The contributors to this book bring together perspectives from economic, social, urban, and population geography in order to address these questions from a myriad of angles. Empirical case studies from different regions illuminate the multiscaled processes of international skilled migration. In particular, the contributions rethink skilled migration theories and provide insights into: the experiences of highly skilled labor migrants and international students; issues related to transnational activities and return migration; and policy implications for both immigrant source and destination countries. It also charts a future research agenda for international skilled migration research.
I previously led a project on the governance of international skilled migration and the involvement of stakeholders in migration policymaking. The project investigated the experiences of foreign-born engineers and information technology specialists in Oslo, Stavanger, and Kongsberg, and the socio-spatial strategies of stakeholders to influence migration policies at local, regional, and national scales. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #1155339, 160,000).
I also conducted research on the place-making strategies of foreign-born nurses and IT specialists in Oslo, talent acquisition in IT companies in Bangalore, India, the politics surrounding the European Blue Card, and the transfer of professional qualifications in the European Union. Prospective students are encouraged to contact me at email@example.com
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