The THEMIS project (2010–2013) takes a fresh look at how patterns of migration to Europe develop, focusing on the conditions that encourage initial moves by pioneer migrants to become established migration systems (or not). Based on field research, it aims to bridge the theories on the initiation and continuation of migration, and to integrate the concept of agency in a systems theory approach.

THEMIS is funded by the NORFACE research programme on Migration in Europe, and is coordinated by the University of Oxford. In addition to PRIO, the project team includes the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and the University of Lisbon.

For more information, please check out the THEMIS website at the University of Oxford's International Migration Institute.

Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS)