Author Archives: Ida Persson

‘It is easy to come here but difficult to leave’: The ‘point of no return’ in migration trajectories

By: Franck Düvell, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher I was told this by a taxi driver from Macedonia now living in the UK. I had just called a taxi for a 20 minute ride to the other end of town and engaged … Continue reading

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Understanding foreign fighters: COMPAS November Breakfast Briefing

By: Ben Gidley, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher This summer, it emerged that a young woman brought up near where I live in Lewisham, South London, had travelled to Syria to join ISIS. I spent some time reading her Twitter interactions with other young … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? An overview of the latest COMPAS Breakfast Briefing

By: Ben Gidley, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher In a week in which a government minister described parts of Britain as “swamped” by migrants and “under siege”, it is clear that the language we use to talk about migration is vitally … Continue reading

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From New Helots to New Diasporas: a retrospective for Robin Cohen

By: Nick Van Hear, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director Robin Cohen has been at the forefront of migration and diaspora studies for at least three decades, and as he passed his 70th birthday in the summer we thought it fitting to organise a … Continue reading

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Immigration and ‘labour market tests’: Who should be protected against whom?

By: Martin Ruhs, Associate Professor of Political Economy and Senior Researcher The great majority of labour immigration programmes (and almost all temporarylabour migration programmes) in high-income countries operate “labour market tests”, which aim to ensure that employers recruit migrant workers only after having … Continue reading

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Italy’s story to tell on services for irregular migrants

By: Sarah Spencer, Open Society Fellow, and Nicola Delvino (Nicola is a lawyer and worked as a researcher and co-authored the COMPAS report “Irregular Migrants in Italy: Law and Policy on Entitlements to Services”) This month sees the first anniversary of Italy’s Mare Nostrum operation, … Continue reading

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Human rights in health: migrants in low-skilled work in Asia

By: Hiranthi Jayaweera, Senior Researcher Photo by: Tawhid Bahrain, COMPAS Photo Competition 2010 As the construction boom in the West Asian (Gulf) countries continues, including building of the World Cup related structures in Qatar and the complex of international museums in … Continue reading

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The Upward Concentration of Chinese Emigration and the Rise of China

By: XIANG Biao, University Lecturer in Social Anthropology “Is the third wave of outmigration emptying China?” This provocative headline in the influential Southern Daily in China on 13 December 2011 reflects a topic of heated debate since the end of the 2000s.  The third … Continue reading

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Turning British

By: Mikal Mast, PR & Communications Officer After over ten years living in the UK, I am finally applying for British citizenship. I put off this administrative procedure for so long for several reasons. For one thing, it is very expensive. … Continue reading

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Kenyan Pentecostals in London: Reflections on religion and migration

By: Leslie Fesenmyer, ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow Kenyan Pentecostals in London typically attend two to three hour church services on Sundays. Many also participate in weekly fellowships (e.g., devoted to youth, women, or men) and prayer groups and engage in regular … Continue reading

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