Migration Research Projects

Below is a list of some of the migration related projects currently taking place:


The UK Citizenship Process: Understanding Immigrants' Experiences

Dr Leah Bassel,  Dr David Bartram, Professor Barbara Misztal, Dr Pierre Monforte, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

This project analyses the ‘assimilationist turn’ in British immigration and integration policies, through a focus on immigrants’ lived experience of one of its principal instruments, the ‘citizenship process’. Studies to date have examined only one or two parts of the ‘citizenship process’, meaning the tests themselves, the citizenship ceremonies, the preparation courses many immigrants take beforehand, as well as the consequences of the tests for those to whom it is addressed. This project will adopt a more comprehensive approach to these issues, examining the lived experiences of the citizenship process as a whole via interviews with people about their experiences with preparation courses and their participation in the citizenship tests and ceremonies in Leicester and London. To analyse the effects of the process on the longer term, statistical analysis of survey data will also be undertaken. The overall goal is to learn about immigrants' perceptions and experiences of this process, to understand how it affects their sense of belonging, political participation and subjective well-being (happiness).


Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies.

Professor Laura Morales (PI), Angeliki Konstantinidou, Cristina Daniela Vintila, Prof Ed Field House, Dr Gabriela Lazaridis, Dr Luis Ramiro, Dr Maria Sobolewska, Patrick English and Dr Simona Guerra.
School of History Politics & International Relations

PATHWAYS is an international co-operative and comparative project led by four universities: the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), the University of Bamberg (Germany), the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) and SciencesPo (France). Over the past decades, the ethnic diversity within European societies has increased radically and immigration is one of the most important challenges facing Europe today. The project develops a study of the descriptive and substantive political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in the legislative assemblies of seven European countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom. The UK team is funded by an ESRC grant (ref. ES/L016664/1) and is in charge of the British, Greek, Italian and Spanish case studies. The team based in Leicester undertakes the south European study, and the team based at Manchester focuses on the British Case.
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The Frames of Altruistic Action. A comparative analysis of volunteers' engagement in British and French pro-asylum charities

Dr Pierre Monforte, School of Media, Communication & Sociology and Estelle d’Halluin-Mabillot, Université de Nantes

The overall goal of the research is to analyse and compare how and why volunteers get involved in charities and networks that support asylum seekers and refugees in Britain and in France. The project will explore how the collective actions in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees are constructed and how the boundaries with other forms of collective actions (in particular social and political protest) are debated. Also, from a cross-national comparative perspective, the project will explore how life trajectories, organisational features, and contextual factors such as policy changes or media coverage shape the ways in which volunteers define their engagement with altruistic action.This study aims to question current debates on the “migration crisis” and how ideas of hospitality, altruism, solidarity, care, or compassion are constructed and enacted. Find more information here.


Project Support and Opposition to Migration. A cross national comparison of the politicization of migration

Professor Laura Morales, School of History, Politics & International Relations

Support and Opposition to Migration (SOM) is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission as part of the Seventh Framework Programme. The project looks at the politicization of migration in seven European countries. The aim of this comparative project is to determine why and when potential conflicts over migration become politicized, examining both anti-immigration and anti-racist movements. The project will increase knowledge about the political dynamics related to migration, and provide policy-relevant information.
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Desert Migrations Project

Professor David Mattingly, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

This major project involving the Universities of Leicester, Cambridge, Reading and KCL under the overall direction of Professor David Mattingly was initiated in 2007 as successor to the highly successful Fazzan Project.

The oases of Fazzan, Libya’s SW province, sit at one of the greatest cross-roads of the desert routeways that have been critical to the human story from ‘Out of Africa’, to the time of the Garamantian kingdom, or to the 19th-century overland slave trade, or the competing forces of World War II. The Desert Migrations Project (DMP) is focused on the theme of migration in the broadest sense, encompassing the movement of people, ideas/knowledge and material culture into and out of Fazzan, along with evidence of shifting climatic and ecological boundaries over time.
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Mapping Faith and Place

This contemporary archaeology project sets out to explore the ways in which the traditions and values surrounding places of worship are perceived and engaged in the 21st century. Based around the city of Leicester, which offers a unique diversity of places of worship in modern Britain, it aims to develop understanding about how sacred spaces are perceived and valued within a multicultural society in the 21st century.
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The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain

For more information on this project, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The overall aim of the project is to conduct research into the impact of ancient diasporas on the cultural and population history of Britain and how these events have shaped identities in the British Isles both in the past and in the present.
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