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The Immigration Research Network aims to draw together scholars and graduate students from a variety of countries and disciplines to foster research around themes of migration, immigrant integration, majority-minority relations, pluralism and multiculturalism, discrimination, equality, and the political, social, and individual responses to migration. While most of its activities center around European countries or Europe as a region, given the nature of its core themes the IRG also encourages research that situates Europe in an international, trans-Atlantic, or transnational context.

The principal goals of the Immigration Research Group include: building networks of scholars to encourage conference panels and small-scale collaborative work that enhance participants’ understanding of a particular theme; sponsoring workshops on topics of interest to members that lead to joint publications; mentoring graduate students by connecting them to scholars in their substantive area who are not at their home research institutions; and encouraging mutually beneficial connections between scholars and policymakers. 


Gülce Safak Özdemir, Universitat Pompeu Fabra,

Fatima El Sayed, The Berlin Institute of Integration and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin,

Vice Chairs: 

  • Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam
  • Rahsaan Maxwell, University of Massachusetts

Former Chairs

  • Özgür Özvatan, HU Berlin,
  • Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen
  • Anna Korteweg, University of Toronto
  • Jennifer Elrick, McGill University,
  • Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria,
  • Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield                            
  • Erik Bleich, Middlebury College
  • John Bowen, Washington University of St. Louis
  • Fiona Adamson, SOAS 

  Network On-Line Coordinators:   

  • Janna Bray
  • Alex Street

Network Resources

Immigration Research Network Members Join the Immigration Network Listserv for up-to-date information about network activities and opportunities.


Congratulations to the 2019 IRN Best Paper Prize winner: “What Drives the Immigration-Welfare Policy Link? Comparing Germany, France and the United Kingdom” by Mike Slaven (University of Lincoln, UK); Sara Casella Colombeau (EHESS/CNRS, French Collaborative Institute on Migration, France); Elisabeth Badenhoop (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gӧttingen, Germany).

This award is sponsored by Comparative Migration Studies.