Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS)

Led by Cindy Horst
Sep 2009 - Dec 2013

​​Norway is becoming an increasingly diverse society. People come here for a number of reasons, whether it is to study, work, reunite with their family, or seek refuge. In this project, we are interested in the different patterns of migration to Norway and to Europe. We ask under what conditions initial moves by pioneer migrants to Europe result in rapidly expanding network migration​ and the formation of migration systems, and under which conditions does this not happen? The THEMIS project will address this question theoretically, and through an empirical study of three migrant groups. Fieldwork will be conducted in cities in the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and United Kingdom. Our interests include, for example:​

  • There has been an increase in the number of Ukrainians and Brazilians coming to Norway over the past decade. Why is th​​​at? 

  • Why are there relatively many Moroccans living in Norway and the Netherlands, but hardly any in Portugal, which is geographically clos​​er to Morocco?

  • How do Brazilians, Moroccans, and Ukrainians experience moving to Norway?
  • How do people keep in touch with the country where they wer​​e born? How do they keep in touch with each other in Norway?

THEMIS is funded by the NORFACE research programme on Migration in Europe. The projects is co-ordinated by the University of Oxford. In add​​ition to PRIO, the project team includes the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and the University of Lisbon.

 

Research Groups

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen; Marta Bivand Erdal & Rojan Ezzati (2014) Beyond the insider–outsider divide in migration research, Migration Studies 2(1): 36–54.

Book Chapter

Horst, Cindy; Sonia Pereira & Olivia Sheringham (2015) The Impact of Class on Feedback Mechanisms: Brazilian Migration to Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom, in Beyond Networks: Feedback In International Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (90–112).
Carling, Jørgen (2015) Making and Breaking a Chain: Migrants’ Decisions about Helping Others Migrate, in Bakewell, Oliver; Godfried Engbersen; Lucinda Fonseca; & Cindy Horst, eds, Beyond Networks: Feedback In International Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave (156–182).
Carling, Jørgen (2015) Exploring 12 Migration Corridors: Rationale, Methodology and Overview, in Bakewell, Oliver; Godfried Engbersen; Lucinda Fonseca; & Cindy Horst, eds, Beyond Networks: Feedback In International Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave (18–46).
Engbersen, Godfried; Erik Snel & Cindy Horst (2015) Beyond networks: Insights on feedback and mechanisms of the middle range, in Beyond Networks: Feedback In International Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (231–246).
Friberg, Jon Horgen & Cindy Horst (2014) RDS and the Structure of Migrant Populations, in Tyldum, Guri; & Lisa Johnston, eds, Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan .
Montealegre, Jane; Antje Röder & Rojan Ezzati (2014) Formative assessment, data collection and parallell monitoring for RDS fieldwork, in Tyldum, Guri; & Lisa Johnston, eds, Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations. Lessons from the Field. London: Palgrave Pivot (62–83).

Edited Volume

Bakewell, Oliver; Godfried Engbersen; Lucinda Fonseca; & Cindy Horst, eds, (2015) Beyond Networks: Feedback in International Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

PRIO Paper

Horst, Cindy; Jørgen Carling & Rojan Ezzati (2010) Immigration to Norway from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Morocco and Ukraine, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.