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Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings

An interdisciplinary and international conference

Culter's Hall, Sheffield

12th &13th October 2015                      

Rapid urbanisation is radically changing the economic, financial, social, and ecological landscape of our planet. It has been identified as the single greatest development challenge and opportunity for the 21st century. International migration has been, is and will continue to be a key route both shaping and being shaped by urbanisation.

As the UN-Habitat Manifesto for Cities notes, the world has entered an urban era where cities have taken centre stage, inevitably shaping the social and spatial structures and trajectories of cities. The international conference Migrants in the City will provide a forum for the examination of key questions related to contemporary international migration in the context of urban development, residential segregation and diversity. The conference is designed to be global in focus. Contributions are welcomed that reflect on the causes and consequences of all forms of international migration (for example, for employment, for family reasons, to seek refuge, to study) in urban settings, but that also explore intersections between migration, urban development and key related issues.

Migration research at The University of Sheffield

'Migrants in the city' international conference is a collaboration between The Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group and the ESRC Applied Quantitative Methods Network.

 Plenary speakers

  • Rt Hon Charles Clarke, former British Home Secretary
  • Audrey Singer, Brookings Institution, Washington DC
  • Madeleine Sumption, Oxford Migation Observatory
  • Ronald Van Kempen, University of Utrecht
  • Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Sheffield
  • Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing & Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council
  • Sir David Warren, Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme at Chatham House
  • Oliver Bakewell, Oxford University
  • Gwilym Pryce, University of Sheffield
  • More videos from the conference can be found on the Faculty of Social Sciences YouTube channel