The final report of the MICaRD Research network is available here. The MICaRD research network brought together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe, providing a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration. This has seen participation from Ireland to the Ukraine and from Italy to Scandinavia fostering collaboration and stimulating new research opportunities. The specific focus on labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas examined both sending and receiving nations in an attempt to build bridges across the disconnected geographies of migration research.
This research network aims to bring together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe to provide a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration in order to foster collaboration and expand research opportunities. The specific focus is on increasing labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas for both sending and receiving nations.
Through its events, MICaRD will explore the implications of European economic migration on three interconnected levels: that of an individual (skills, human capital, employability, motivations for migration), community (cohesion and integration) and the region (regional development, planning and policy). These will be explored through dimensions such as labour markets, entrepreneurialism, networks and social integration, but at the same time will not be limited to these.
3-6 April 2016 – Launch event and special panel session at Regional Studies Association Conference, Graz, Austria
17-18 May 2016 – Inaugural dinner and workshop ‘Exploring and identifying barriers to migrants’ opportunities in the labour market’ organised in association with the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network and hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.
18-21 September 2016 – ‘Contemporary Migration in Changing World: New Perspectives and Challenges’ International Conference hosted by the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
11-12 September 2017 – A two-day workshop on “ Out-migration and circular migration: impacts on regions and communities”, University of Warsaw, Poland
25-27 April 2018 – RSA MICaRD Research Network Symposium “Beyond economic contribution: Migrant Identities, Working Lives and Social Embeddedness”, University of Lincoln, UK