PREMIG Final conference

Thinking about going 'home': Engaging with scenarios of return migration
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), 20-21 August 2015

The possibility of one day returning to one’s country of origin is a fact of life for international migrants. Some live in fear of deportation; others have a dream about retiring in their native country. This conference addresses the different ways in which migrants think, feel, and act upon the possibility of return.

The conference is organized on the occasion that the project Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration (PREMIG) is entering its final stages. The project is led by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and funded by the Research Council of Norway.


The first half day is adapted to a broad audience of people who are interested in return migration. We give an overview of key findings from the PREMIG project and present insights into some of the specific studies within this large project. Professor Richard Black will relate the contributions from PREMIG to the broader fields of research and policy on return migration. 

The remaining one and a half days consist of academic presentations of research in progress. Three of these presentations are on PREMIG research, while the remainder are presentations by other researchers. In this way we use the PREMIG project as a platform for scholarly exchange and continued research on themes that we have worked on.

Thursday 20 August

  • 09.00-12.00 Summary session
  • 12.00-13.00

Please consult the detailed programme (PDF) which includes abstracts of the presentations. 


The conference will be open to the public, though the number of places will be limited.

Registration will end on 17 August, or as soon as there are no places left. There is no participation fee.

Additional information

The PREMIG project is led by Jørgen Carling ( Questions about the conference can be directed to Cathrine Talleraas ( Please use the online form for registration.

Please explore the list of publications from the project. More will be added as the project enters its final stages.