The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) grew out of the Refugee Research Centre, which was founded in 2004. It is located in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of East London.
About the Centre
CMRB benefits from its unique location at the heart of East London, an area which has seen some of the highest rates of international settlement in Europe – historically and in the present day.
The University of East London prides itself in being a diverse, innovative and globally aware group of scholars, students and local and international community partners.
CMRB research seeks to engage with political and policy debates as well as theoretical concerns that have local and global relevance.
The work of CMRB is closely integrated with that of the Refugee Council Archive at UEL.
CMRB provides interdisciplinary, innovative and critical scholarship on the relationship between migration, refugee and belonging, including on the intersectional relationship between race, gender, and citizenship.The Centre supports scholarship and debates on contemporary issues of migration, refugees and belonging through the work of its members and by fostering partnerships between academics, policy makers, practitioners, activists and migrants from a wide range of backgrounds.
CMRB aims to integrate research and teaching programmes that are designed to support the capacity of students in academia, as practitioners and activists locally and globally.
Dissemination and impact
- Prof Molly Andrews
- Prof Floya Anthias
- Prof Haim Bresheeth
- Dr Kathryn Cassidy
- Babak Davarpanah
- Catherine Donaldson
- Paul V Dudman
- Rahila Gupta
- Dr Jamie Hakim
- Dr Narmala Halstead
- Syd Jeffers
- Dr Roshini Kempadoo
- Prof Yosefa Loshitzky
- Norbert Mbu-Mputu
- Prof Peter G Morey
- Dr John Nassari
- Prof Mica Nava
- Orson Nava
- Dr Marta Rabikowska
- Dr Ashwani Sharma
- Dr Michael Skey
- Prof Corinne Squire
- Arlington Trotman
- Dr Abel Ugba
- Dr Eric Woods
- Erene Kaptani
- Valeria Gianuzzi
- Ruri Abe
- Dr. Ali Ali - Choice and constraint: narratives of Iraqi refugees in Jordan
- Dr. Alice Mukaka - Performing and Counter-Performing the Borders: Stories of Feminist Organising for Migrant Rights
- Dr. Celine Centat - Politics of exclusion and the making of migrant identities in Europe
- Dr. Frances Cetti - Terror and the figure of the refugee
- Dr. Mastoureh Fathi - Class narratives of Iranian Women Migrants in Britain
- Dr. Rumana Hashem - Gender and armed conflict: the case of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
- Dr. Jamie Hakim - Affect and Cultural Change: The Rise of Popular Zionism in the British Jewish Community after the ‘Six Day War’ (1967)
- Helen Margaret - Leadbitter Meeting the health care and support needs of refugee and asylum seeking families with particular reference to the impact of illness and disability on the young people within the family unit
- Lynn Mhlanga - Presumption of guilt: criminalisation and marginalisation of migrant communities in the global war on terror
- Dr. Nicola Samson - Narratives of Belonging: Life Histories of Women in East London post Second World War
- Dayjour Sefre - Refugee experiences in education: A comparative study of Iranian and Afghani pupils in London’s secondary schools.
- Mary Sutton - From solidarity to sanctuary: refugees’ experiences with church communities
- Dr Helen Taylor - Landscapes of Belonging: the Meaning of Home for Cypriot Refugees in London
Steve Thorpe Inter-generational Dynamics in Protracted Urban Exile: Southern Sudanese Refugees in Cairo
- Dr Diana Yeh - Beyond (British) – Chineseness: The Politics and Poetics of Art and Migration in Multi-ethnic Contexts
- Dr. Tahir Zaman - The Noble Sanctuary: Islamic traditions and Iraqi refugees in Syria
EUBorderscapes, financed though the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, is an international research project that tracks and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders. It is a large-scale project with a consortium that includes 22 partner institutions from 17 different states, including several non-EU countries. The EUBorderscapes project studies conceptual change in relation to fundamental social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades. In addition, major paradigmatic shifts in scientific debate, and in the social sciences in particular, will also be considered. State borders are the frame of reference, rather than ethnographic/anthropological boundaries. However, this approach emphasises the social significance and subjectivities of state borders while critically interrogating “objective” categories of state territoriality and international relations. The research is not only focused at the more general, at times highly abstract, level of conceptual change but also compares and contrasts how different and often contested conceptualisations of state borders (in terms of their political, social, cultural and symbolic significance) resonate in concrete contexts at the level of everyday life.
CMRB's Professor Nira Yuval-Davis is co-ordinating work package 9 of the project - Borders, Intersectionality and the Everyday. The central objective of the work package has been to promote hitherto neglected areas of border research agendas that address lived, experienced and intersectional (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity) aspects of state borders. Situated intersectional everyday bordering perspective has analysed discursive, practical and interpretational categories that reflect issues of citizenship, identity and transnational migration. This work package also explores how everyday bordering affect groups with regard to gender, race, citizenship, socio-economic status and sexuality. The comparative perspective encompasses in-depth case studies that involve internal Schengen borders (UK/France) and the external EU border (Finland/Russia). Another focus of the WP9 research has been everyday bordering in Metropolitan cities (London, Barcelona, St. Petersburg). In addition, the WP9 research has carried out a comparative research (UK, Hungary, Finland) of Roma and everyday bordering. As part of CMRB's involvement in the EUBORDERSCAPES project, they have also produced a film called 'Everyday Borders' (dir. Orson Nava). It examines the impact of the 2014 Immigration Act on British society, exploring the way the 'border' is increasingly entering into everyday life. It can be viewed here.
University of Eastern Finland • Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen Centre for Border Research • Middle East Technical University, Center for Black Sea and Central Asia • Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona • University of Tromsø • The Queen’s University of Belfast • Ben Gurion University of the Negev • Umeå University • University of Bergamo • University of Gdansk • V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University • Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning • Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies, Luxembourg • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Pacte / Université Joseph Fourier • Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences • Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg • University of Helsinki • Centre for Advanced Study Sofia
This is an ESRC funded series.
- Doná, G., 2019. The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives. Abington-on-Thames: Routledge.
- Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. & Cassidy, K., 2019. Bordering, Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Bloch, A. and Doná, G. (eds), 2018. Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates. Abington-on-Thames: Routledge.
- Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. & Cassidy, K.,2018. Racialized Bordering Discourses on European Roma . Routledge.
Winner of the 2019 Sage Sociology Prize for Innovation and Excellence:
Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. and Cassidy, K., 2018. ‘Everyday bordering, belonging and the re-orientation of British immigration legislation’. Sociology, 52(2): 228–244.
Other journal articles:
- Cassidy, K., Yuval-Davis, N. and Wemyss, G., 2018. ‘Intersectional Border(ing)s’. Political Geography, 66: 139-141.
- Cassidy, K., Yuval-Davis, N. and Wemyss, G., 2018. ‘Debordering and everyday (re) bordering in and of Dover: Post-borderland borderscapes’. Political Geography, 66: 171–9.
- Doná, G., 2018. 'Situated bystandership during and after the Rwandan genocide', Journal of Genocide Research, 20 (1):1-19
- Wemyss, G., Yuval-Davis, N., and Cassidy, K., 2018. ‘Beauty and the beast’: Everyday bordering and sham marriage discourse. Political Geography, 66: 171
- Wemyss, G. and Cassidy, K., 2017. ‘“People think that Romanians and Roma are the same”: Everyday bordering and the lifting of transitional controls’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(7): 1132–50.
- Yuval-Davis, N., Varjú, V.,Tervonen, M., Hakim, J. & Fathi, M (2017) Press discourses on Roma in the UK, Finland and Hungary, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40:7, 1151-1169.
- Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G., and Cassidy, K., 2017. ‘Introduction to the special issue: Racialized bordering discourses on European Roma’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(7): 1–11.
- Doná, G. and Bloch, A. (2018) Reflecting on the past, thinking about the future: forced migration in the 21st century. In A. Bloch and G. Doná (eds) Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates. Abington-on-Thames: Routledge, pp. 163-173.
- Doná, G. and Godin, M. (2018) Mobile technologies and forced migration, in A. Bloch and G. Doná Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates. Abington-on-Thames: Routledge, pp. 126-144
- Wemyss, G.,'The Compliant environment: turning ordinary people into border guards should concern everyone in the UK’. The Conversation November 20, 2018.
- Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K and Yuval-Davis, N. ‘Welcome to Britain in 2017, where everybody is expected to be a border guard’. The Conversation. April 7, 2017
- Yuval-Davis, N., ‘Those who belong and those who don't – Physical and mental borders in Europe’ forthcoming in Green Europe, Spring, 2016.
- Yuval-Davis, N. , Wemyss, G. ,Cassidy, K. ‘Changing the racialized ‘common sense’ of everyday bordering’ Open Democracy. February 2016.
- Yuval-Davis, N. ‘Want to know how to kill a multicultural Society? Turn its ordinary citizens into borderguards’. The Independent. Tuesday 15th December 2015.
- Wemyss, G. ‘The new Immigration Bill and the criminalization of work and everyday bordering’. Glasgow Refugee and Asylum network (GRAMnet).
Sponsored by CMRB, the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, this series has been constructed as an open-ended forum for dialogue between academics, activists and interested parties differently situated across the globe. The editors will consider all submissions that explore any aspect of how anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel intersect, from within an anti-racist normative framework.
Published 14 September 2015
Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim, Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel Series Introduction
- Antony Lerman, ‘The “New Anti-Semitism'''
- Sami Zubaida, 'Varieties of "Islamophobia" and its targets'
- Hilary Aked, ‘The Undeniable Overlap: Right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia’
- Helga Embacher and Jan Ryback, ‘Anti-Semitism in Muslim Communities and Islamophobia in the Context of the Gaza War 2014: The Example of Austria and Germany’
- Annabelle Sreberny, ‘The Idea of Jewish Anti-Semitism and Recuperating the “Semites”’
- Keith Kahn-Harris, ‘The Interplay between Internal and External Factors in the Stimulation of Intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and Antisemitism’
- Stefano Bellin, ‘How Should We Speak About the Jews and the Palestinians? Constructing a Non-Racist Space for Criticism’
- Annual Report 2015/16
- Annual Report 2014/15
- Annual Report 2013/14
- Annual Report 2012/13
- Annual Report 2011/12
The following documents are referenced in the annual report and provide supporting information
- Rumana Hashem and Paul Vernon Dudman, (2016). “Paradoxical narratives of transcultural encounters of the “other”: Civic engagement with refugees and migrants in London.” Transnational Social Review. DOI: 10.1080/21931674.2016.1186376.
- Norbert MBU-MPUTU, Les grenouilles incirconcis, suivi de Les tortues circonspectes, Guerres et prospectives de paix en République Démocratique du Congo (Pamphlet), Newport, Paperback.
- In collaboration, Are you Happy with That? (Refugees Writings in Wales), Swansea, Hafan Books, 2014.
- Mbu-Mputu, N. & Katya Kasereka, D., Bamonimambo (the Witnesses). Rediscovering Congo and Wales Common History, Newport, South People’s Projects, 2014.
- Saey, Sarah & Skey, Michael (2015) The politics of trans/national belonging: A study of the experiences of second-generation Egyptians during a period of socio-political change in Egypt (Migration Studies)
- Skey, Michael (2015) ‘Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment (Sociology)
- Skey, Michael (2014) ‘How do you think I feel? It’s my country’: Belonging, entitlement and the politics of immigration, Political Quarterly, 85(3), 326-332.
- Skey, Michael (2014) ‘What nationality he is doesn’t matter a damn!’: Football, mediated identities and (conditional) cosmopolitanism, National Identities
- Skey, Michael (2014) Boundaries and belonging: Dominant ethnicity and the place of the nation in a changing world in Jackson, J & Molokotos-Liederman, L (eds), Nationalism & Boundaries, Routledge, London
- Skey, Michael (2014) Media, representation, imagination: Time to move beyond the ‘Holy Trinity’?, European Journal of Communication, 29(4): 495-515
- Skey, Michael (2014) The mediation of nationhood: Communicating the world as a world of nations, Communication Theory, 24(1): 1-20