MiReKoc 2024 IMISCOE Conference


Mobilities and Immobilities in an Era of Polycrisis



DAY I – Wednesday 17th April

09.00-12.00 | IMISCOE Board Brainstorming Session + PhD Network
12.00-13.00 | Lunch Break
13.00-15.00 | IMISCOE Board Meeting
15.00-15.30 | Conference Registration + Coffee Break
15.30-16.00 | Opening
16.00-17.30 | Plenary Session I: Polycrisis In An Age of (Im)mobilities
18.00-20.00 | Dinner


DAY II – Thursday 18th April

09.00-10.15 | Opening Keynote
10.15-10.30 | Coffee Break
10.30-12.00 | Parallel Panels A
12.00-13.00 | Lunch Break
13.00-14.30 | Plenary Session II: Crisis Politics and the Future of Migration
14.30-14.45 | Coffee Break
14.45-16.15 | Parallel Panels B
16.15-16.30 | Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 | Parallel Panels C
18.00-20.00 | Dinner


DAY III – Friday 19th April

09.00-10.15 | Closing Keynote
10.15-10.30 | Coffee Break
10.30-12.00 | Parallel Panels D
12.15-12.45 | Closing the Conference
12.45-13.45 | Lunch


DAY I – 17.04.2024

  • IMISCOE Board Brainstorming Session,  Founders Hall 2nd Floor| 09.00-12.00
  • IMISCOE PhD Network, CASE Z48 | 09.00-12.00
  • LUNCH, Founders Hall | 12.00-13.00
  • IMISCOE Board Meeting, Founders Hall 2nd Floor | 13.00-15.00
  • Conference Registration + Coffee Break, Founders Hall | 15.00-15.30
  • OPENING, Founders Hall | 15.30-16.00


PLENARY SESSION I – Polycrisis In An Age of (Im)mobilities

Venue: Founders Hall      Time: 16.00-17.30  Chair: Ahmet İçduygu (Koç University)

This plenary is dedicated to the memory of our dear MiReKoç colleague and friend Dr. Seçil Paçacı Elitok who recently passed away in the US.

  • Peter Scholten  (Erasmus University Rotterdam) – Understanding Crises; A Complexity Perspective On Crises In Migration and Diversity Governance
  • Ibrahim Awad (American University in Cairo) – Mobility and Immobility In the Euro-Mediterranean Region
  • Marta Pachocka (SGH Warsaw School of Economics and University of Warsaw) – EU and Forced Migration Governance in Times of Polycrisis: From the European Agenda on Migration to the New Pact on Migration and Asylum?
  • Muhammed Zaman (Boston University) – The Role of Trust and Social Network in Healthcare Access Among the Forcibly Displaced




Venue: CASE 124 HALL    Time: 18:00-20:00



DAY II – 18.04.2024


Venue: Founders Hall       Time: 9.00-10.15

  • Jorgen Carling (Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO))- Theorizing Immobility In Migration Studies: Is Staying the Opposite of Leaving?


PARALLEL PANELS A1 – Governing the Local: Spatial Dimensions of Changing Mobilities

Venue: Founders Hall 2nd Floor     Hour: 10.30-12.00    Chair: Ayselin Yıldız (İstinye University) 


  • Loren B. Landau (Universities of the Witwatersrand and Oxford) & Caroline Kihato (ODID, Oxford University) – An Atlas of Uncertainty: Spatio-Temporal Journeys into and through African Cityscapes
  • Denis Zeković (DeZIM Institute) & Larissa Kokonowskyj (DeZIM Institute) – Navigating New Realities in Times of Crises: Local-level Governance Challenges and Adaptations in the Face of Ukrainian Refugee Migration
  • Philipp Piechura (Hafencity University, Hamburg) – Re-Thinking the Intersection of Migration and Housing Crisis from the Point of Alternative Housing Projects in Germany
  • Iris Egea Quijada (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – Sustainable Rural Communities: Comparing Migrant Receptivity and the Revitalisation of Two Rural Towns in Spain and Ireland


PARALLEL PANELS A2 – Labor Amidst Demographic and Political Changes

Venue: CASE124      Time: 10.30-12.00    Chair: Ibrahim Awad (American University in Cairo)


  • Anastasia Blouchoutzi (University of Macedonia) & Christos Nikas (University of Macedonia) – Systemic Unsustainability and Migrant Labor Market Integration: The Case of Greece
  • Dorothea Pozzato (Scuola Normale Superiore) – Making Policies on Labour Immigration In A Time of Crises. The Multi- layered Impacts of Compounded Crises In Italy, Denmark, and Poland
  • Attila Melegh (Corvinus University of Budapest) & Zoltán Csányi (Corvinus University of Budapest) – Migration Anxieties In Eastern Europe and Marketization. Material Grounds for An Anti-migrant Turn In A Global-historical Perspective?
  • Anita Brzozowska (University of Warsaw, Centre of Migration Research) – The Role of Employers In (Re)shaping Discourses and Public Policies Targeting Desirable Migrants In Times of Crisis In the United Kingdom


PARALLEL PANELS A3 – Climate Change as a Driver of Migration: Mobility and Immobility during Environmental Crises

Venue: CASE Z48     Time: 10.30-12.00      Chair: Birce Altıok (Koç University)


  • Ayse Perihan Kırkıç (Florida International University) & Nilima Islam Luba (Florida International University) – Migration Decision Making in MENA: The Role of Food Insecurity, Water Scarcity & Energy Access
  • Manisha Mukherjee (Maastricht University and United Nations University MERIT) – Scorching Heat and Shrinking Horizons: The Impact of Rising Temperatures on Marriages and Migration in Rural India
  • Roman Hoffmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)) – Climate Change, Aridity, and Internal Migration: Evidence from Census Microdata for 72 Countries
  • Els Bekaert (Ghent University) – Understanding the Role of Retain and Repel Factors Determining Voluntary Immobility Amidst Climate Change


PARALLEL PANELS A4 – (Im)Mobility in Conditions of Crisis

Venue: Founders Hall        Time: 10.30-12.00    Chair: Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University)


  • Simon Ruhnke (Berlin Institute for empirical Integration and Migration Research, Humboldt University Berlin) & Laura Hertner (Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) – On the Move Again? The Impact of Pre-disaster Characteristics on Post-disaster Mobility and Well-being Among Syrian Refugees in Turkey Following the 2023 Earthquakes.
  • Deena Dajani (International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)) – Travelling Im/mobility: Forced Migrants’ Perspectives on and Definitions of Mobility Generated Through Comparative Research on Wellbeing
  • Elisa Lanari (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) – Beyond Crisis: Tracing the Afterlives of Refugee “welcome” In An Italian Mountain Region
  • Liam Haller (DeZIM Institute) – Does A Migrant’s Trajectory Affect Subsequent (Im)mobility Decisions? Modeling Migration Stage Probabilities Using Markov Chains



Venue: CASE 124 HALL   Time:      12.00-13.00



PLENARY SESSION II – Crisis Politics and the Future of Migration

Venue: Founders Hall        Time: 13.00-14.30   Chair: Vintila Cristina-Daniela (University of Liège)


  • Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil (University of Upsala) – How does health ‘crises’ influence migration?: An Overview
  • Didem Danış (Galatasaray University) & Deniz Sert (Özyeğin University) – Shattered Ground, Shifting Lives: Exploring Post-Earthquake Mobilities and Immobilities
  • Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University) – Climate (Im)mobilities: Displacement, Escape and Mobility in the Climate Emergency
  • Tamirace Fakhoury (Aalborg University) – Refugee Policy and Temporalities of Mobility and Immobility


PARALLEL PANELS B1 – Mobility and Immobility Against the Backdrop of Covid-19 and New Forms of Employment

Venue: Founders Hall        Time: 14.45-16.15    Chair: Carrie J. Preston (Boston University)


  • Eloise Thompson (University of Neuchâtel & The nccr – on the move) – Governing the Mobility of Key Workers: Practices of Categorisation and Boundary-making Since the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic In the United Kingdom.
  • Maria Luisa Caputo (University of Parma) & Simone Baglioni (University of Parma) – The Perfect Tempest”, How the Covid-19 Pandemic and The Brexit Crises Impacted Labour Migrants and the Fishing Communities In the Scottish Outer Hebrides?
  • Watfa Najdi (Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut / The International Institute of Social Studies) & Andreas Hackl – Online Work as Humanitarian Relief? The Promise and Limitations of Digital Livelihoods for Syrian Refugees and Lebanese Youth During Times of Crisis
  • Ali Zafer Sağıroğlu (Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Migration Policy Center (AYBU-GPM)) & Hidayet Sıddıkoğlu (Hiroshima University, Japan) – Im/mobility in Post-COVID Times: The Case of the Turkman and Ozbek Migrants in Istanbul


PARALLEL PANELS B2 – Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Environmental Challenges

Venue: Founders Hall 2nd Floor      Time: 14.45-16.15    Chair: Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University)


  • Laksh min A. Mudaliar (Australian National University) – The Emergence of Environmental Migration Management ‘Best Practices’ in the Pacific
  • Mrittika Bhattacharya (University of Bristol, UK) – Is Migration a Comprehensive Strategy for Adapting to Environmental Crisis?: A Closer Look into the Lived Experiences of Out-migrating Bangladeshi Women to India
  • Meryem Ay Kesgin (UN World Food Programme) & Nur Duygu Keten Sav (UN World Food Programme) & Chris Mawhorter (UN WFP Regional Bureau of the Middle East, North Africa, and East Europe) – Recovering From Earthquake As Refugees: The Case of Camp and Non-camp Refugees In Turkiye
  • Alix Debray (UNU-CRIS, Ghent University) – Irrigating Future Hopes: Migration Aspirations and Staying Preferences Amid Drought Challenges


PARALLEL PANELS B3 – Return Migration during Polycrisis: Mobility in an Era of Immobility

Venue: CASE 124      Time: 14.45-16.15    Chair: Özge Bilgili (Utrecht University)


  • Simone Castellani (University of Cadiz) & Heather McNamara (Università ta’ Malta) & Daniela DeBono (University of Malta) & Irene Lopez García (University of Cadiz)Does Remote Work Facilitate Migrant Return? Snapshots of Intra-EU Mobility In the Post Pandemic Era
  • Irene Tuzi (Bielefeld University, Germany) & Agnes Ebenberger (IOM Baghdad) – Enhancing Reintegration Assistance for Returned Migrants in “Polycrisis” Iraq: The role of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Zeynep Sahin Mencütek (Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies) & Ruth Selma Vollmer (Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies) – “Asylum seeking as the crisis?” Utilization and Impacts of Crisis Narratives In Return Governance
  • Richa Shivakoti (Toronto Metropolitan University) – Pandemic Returns of Temporary Labour Migrant Workers to Nepal


PARALLEL PANELS B4 – (Im)mobilities in Unstable Contexts: Insights from MIGNEX Research

Venue: CASE Z48     Time: 14.45-16.15    Chair: Ayşen Üstübici (Koç University)


  • Leander Kandilige (Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana and Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford) – Multi-level Development Impacts of Migration: Evidence From a Qualitative Cross-Country Study
  • Muhammad Rashid Nemon (Qatar University) – Exploring Women’s Agency under Male Breadwinner Norms
  • Furrukh A. Khan (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan) – Humanizing the ‘Denki’: Undocumented Migration, Agency and Knowledge Creation
  • Pınar Ensari (Koç University) – Bordering on opportunity: Intersecting crises, mobility, and economy in the Turkey-Georgia borderlands


PARALLEL PANELS C1 – Intersectional Dimensions of Crisis in Migration and Displacement

Venue: Founders Hall        Time: 16.30-18.00      Chair: Ayşem Biriz Karaçay (Istanbul Commerce University)


  • Mengia Tschalaer (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York) – Queering Migration Temporalities: LGBTQI+ Experiences with Waiting Within Germany’s Asylum System
  • Hannah Haycox (University of Strathclyde) & Daniela Sime (University of Strathclyde) & Emmaleena Käkelä (University of Strathclyde) – Gen-Migra: The Gendered Dimensions of a Polycrisis and Consequences for Migrant Women and Their Families
  • Neelam Raina (Middlesex University) – Interacting Crisis, Intersectional Impact and The Resilience Of Silos – A South Asian Perspective
  • Yolanda Hernández-Albújar (Universidad Loyola Andalucía) & Alfonso Sanchez (Universidad Loyola Andalucía) & Sergio Fernández Artamendi (Universidad Loyola Andalucía) – Gendered Perceptions of Climate Change and their Influence on Migration Intentions


PARALLEL PANELS C2 – Global Protection Crisis and the International Refugee Regime

Venue: Founders Hall 2nd Floor       Time: 16.30-18.00      Chair: Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Glasgow)


  • Jasmin Lilian Diab (Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University) & Sinem Kavak (Lund University) – Refugee Decision Making in Turkey and Lebanon: Cascading Impacts of the International Refugee Protection Regime on Agency in Mobility and Immobility
  • Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Glasgow) & Irene Fernandez-Molina (University of Exeter) – Migration Power Europe: Cooperation & Crisis in the EU Periphery
  • Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University) & Sobia Kapadia (UKRI’s Gender, Justice, and Security Hub) & Runa LazzarinoInterconnected and Multiple Crises: Impact on Displacement and Migrations Between and Within Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Müge Dalkıran (Koç University, MiReKoc) – Spatio-legal Analysis of a Polycrisis: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Restrictions on Asylum Rights, and Violence on the Mobility of Refugees In the Island of Lesvos


PARALLEL PANELS C3 Youth, Existential Crisis, Resilience and In Times of (Im)mobilities

Venue: CASE124             Time: 16.30-18.00      Chair: Wiebke Sievers (Lancaster University)


  • Giulia Marroccoli (University of Turin) & Roberta Ricucci (University of Turin) – Chasing a Dream of Inclusion: Immigrant Descendants In Italy Between Crises and Mobility Strategies
  • Ester Gallo (University of Trento) – Polycrisis and Eduscapes: Conceptualising Im-Mobility Among Displaced Scholars
  • Önver A. Cetrez (Uppsala University) – Broken Borders, Unbroken Wings: Migrants’ Resilience, Meanings, and Existential Concerns
  • Ahmad Aryan Karimi (UBC – Max Planck Institute) –Wartime (Im)Mobilities: Effects of Aspirations-Capabilities on Displaced Ukrainians in Canada, Germany, and Ukraine


PARALLEL PANELS C4 – Solidarity during Polycrisis: Politicisation, Diasporas and Migrant Transnationalism

Venue: CASE Z48            Time: 16.30-18.00        Chair: Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Glasgow)


  • Shibinu S. (PSMO College) & Muhammad Haseeb (PSMO College) – Kerala‘s Diaspora Philanthropy Engagement in Times of Crises
  • Margit Feischmidt (Research Centre for Social Sciences Budapest) & Violetta Zentai (Democracy Institute of the Central European University, Budapest-Vienna)- Potentials and Limitations of Civic Support for Refugees and Migrants During Rising Xenophobia and in Shrinking Democracies
  • Domiziana Turcatti (NIESR, University of Oxford) & Jasmin Rostron (NIESR, University of Oxford) – Agency and Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: London’s Latin American Community Navigating the Impact of COVID-19
  • Laura Oso (ESOMI, Universidade da Coruña, Spain) & Raquel Martínez Buján (Universidade da Coruña) – Welfare Strategies of Transnational Families In the Face Systemic Crises




VENUE: CASE 124   Time: 18:00-20:00



DAY III – 19.04.2024


Venue: Founders Hall       Time: 9.00-10.15

  • Anna Triandafyllidou (Toronto Metropolitan University) – What crisis? Whose (im)mobility?


PARALLEL PANELS D1 – Imagery and Narratives of Migration and Polycrisis

Venue: Founders Hall        Time: 10.30-12.00  Chair: Sedef Turper (Koç University)


  • Maarja Vollmer (The nccr – on the move / University of Neuchâtel) – Mapping Migration Narratives: Evolving Perspectives and Public Opinion During Times of Crisis
  • Elena Giacomelli (University of Bologna) & Valentina Cappi (University of Bologna) & Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna) – De-bordering Environmental Migration: An Analysis of Information Campaigns on Climate Change-induced Migration
  • Carrie J. Preston (Boston University) – The Mobilities of Little Amal through States in Polycrises
  • Karolina Nikielska-Sekuła (Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw) – Governing Migration Through Visuals in Times of Crisis


PARALLEL PANELS D2 – Displacement in Eastern Europe: Mobilities and Immobilities

Venue: Founders Hall 2nd Floor         Time: 10.30-12.00    Chair: Birce Demiryontar (Koç University)


  • Sergey Ryazantsev (Federal University of Sao-Carlos (FUSCar, Brazil) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) – Trends of Forced Migration in the Context of the Russian-Ukrainian Military Conflict 2022-2023 and their Impact on Brazil
  • Anastasiia Mykolenko (University of Montreal) – Przemysl as a Place of Migratory Trajectories Co-production for Displaced Ukrainians
  • Oleksandra Deineko  (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR)) & Aadne Aasland (OsloMet) – Starting Life Afresh? Exploring the Variety of Strategies for Labor Integration Among Ukrainian Refugees in Norway
  • Akhagba Omoye (Collegium Civitas Warsaw, Poland) – Migration and Health: Mapping Menstruation Poverty in Polish Refugee Camps


PARALLEL PANELS D3 – Navigating Mobility and Immobility: From Diplomacy to Human Rights, Conceptualizing, and Addressing Crises

Venue: CASE 124            Time: 10.30-12.00      Chair: Jean-Michel Lafleur (University of Liège)


  • Özgün Topak (York University) – Polycrisis and Migrants’ Entrapment in Libya
  • Tuba Bircan (Free University of Brussels (VUB)) & Haodong Qi (Malmo University) – Climatic Crossroads: Rethinking Migration in an Era of Environmental Unpredictability
  • Damla Bayraktar Aksel (Bahçeşehir University) & Gülece Şenel (Bahçeşehir University) – The Portability of Social Rights in Times of Crises
  • Zeynep Yanaşmayan (DeZIM-Institut) & Ramona Rischke (DeZIM-Institut) & Lukas Marian Fuchs
    (DeZIM-Institut) –
    Navigating multiple Crises: The Influence of Life Course Events on the Return and Re-migration Aspirations of Afghan Refugees in Germany


PARALLEL PANELS D4 – Health and Wellbeing in Times of Polycrisis

Venue: CASE Z48       Time: 10.30-12.00    Chair: Souad Osseiran (Boğaziçi University)


  • Eleonora Miaci (Sapienza University of Rome/ University of Milan) – How health shapes fertility intentions: A UK Study on Native and Migrant Responses to COVID-19 infection
  • Farjana Islam (Heriot-Watt University, UK) & Gina Netto (Heriot-Watt University, UK) & Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (Open University, UK) – Digital Mobilities and Immobilities in Accessing Health Services: The Experiences of Minoritised Ethnic Communities in Accessing and Using Primary Care Services in the UK
  • Molly Gilmour (University of Glasgow) & Belal Shukair (Independent Syrian Researcher) & Ibrahim Bou Orm (University Saint Joseph Beirut) – A Chronicle of Crises: Continuity and Change in the Care of Children with Noncommunicable Diseases in Lebanon
  • Friedrich Gerd Poeschel (Eurac Research) – Medical Diasporas as Insurance Against Public Health Crises



Venue: Founders Hall          Time: 12.15-12.45



CASE 124 HALL   Time: 12:45-13:45