Re-Place members participated in the 20th edition of IMISCOE in Warsaw

Re-Place members Elina Apsite-Berina (University of Latvia), Amandine Desille (IGOT-ULisboa), Lucinda Fonseca (IGOT-ULisboa), and Zaiga Krisjane (University of Latvia) participated in the 20th edition of IMISCOE annual conference at the beginning of July. IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the field of migration, and its annual conference was organised by the Centre for Research in Migration at Warsaw University.

Lucinda Fonseca is one of the founding member and a director of the board of IMISCOE. This year, she was invited at the workshop “Historicizing Mediterranean Migration Research: The Role of Memory and Historical Narrative” chaired by Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Carmen Geha (Pompeu Fabra University). She was also a discussant at the panel “Migration and agriculture in the XXI century”.

Zaiga Krisjane was a panelist at the roundtable “Reception of Ukrainian Refugees in Europe under the Temporary Protection Directive – a case of conditional (and temporary) solidarity?” led by Jeroen Doomernik (University of Amsterdam) and Birgit Glorius (TU Chemnitz). She also presented with her colleague Elina Apsite-Berina two papers: “’Second choice’ destination: the choice, paths, welcome and well-being of international students in Latvia” and “The open-ended effects of uncertainty in the lives of young return migrants”

Amandine Desille co-organised the workshop “Multisensorial research, migrations and inequalities – exploring new methodological pathways”. It is worth mentioning that at the occasion of the IMISCOE annual conference, she and Karolina Nikielska-Sekula (CMR-UW) were successfully granted the IMISCOE sponsorship for a PhD Summer School they will organise in Lisbon in 2025.

Many panels and workshops addressed issues close to the themes tackled by the Re-Place project, such as multilevel governance, diaspora politics and return, the migration-development nexus… etc. However, the concept of left-behindness was not central to the discussions. Only two papers by Anna Krasteva (New Bulgarian University) addressed the topic directly: “New Migrations in Remote Regions: from Spatial and Social Inequalities to Local Citizenship” and “Remoteness and Intersectionality: from Vulnerability to Empowerment and Local Citizenship”. A few other papers looked at peripheral, remote or “shrinking” regions/locales, and their relation with solidarity, visual narratives, gender, and the role of diaspora.

The next edition of the IMISCOE annual conference will take place in Lisbon next year. More info: