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MAFE final conference: Comparative and Multi-sited Approaches to International Migration

12-14 December 2012, Paris - France

Since October 2008, the MAFE project (Migration between Africa and Europe), funded by FP7, brought together ten teams from Europe and Africa under a research project aiming at :

  • collecting unique, reliable and comparative data on the characteristics and behaviour of Sub-Saharan migrants;
  • analysing this data in various domains of interest for both policy-makers and academics;
  • disseminate the data and results through key channels that will impact both policy and future research.

The final conference of the project is organised at the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (Paris, France) from 12 to 14 December. Under the title "Comparative and Multi-sited Approaches to International Migration", it will be the occasion to hear about the results of the analysis of the MAFE data, while opening up discussions to other parts of the world.

It is increasingly recognized that explanations of the causes and consequences of international migration need to pay attention to processes in origin, destination and transit countries. However, research on international migration often remains highly geographically-specific - seen only from the perspective of either the sending or the receiving country, but rarely from both. Furthermore, quantitative analysis of international migration is rarely comparative, reflecting the fact that much migration data is available only at national, rather than cross-national level.

The objective of this conference is to promote a multi-sited and comparative approach to international migration, bringing together researchers and research evidence from different parts of the world. The conference will focus on quantitative approaches to international migration that deal simultaneously with processes in places of origin and destination.