Africa migration paper scoops award at key conference

04 September 2014

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A working paper from the International Migration Institute, an Oxford Martin School institute, has been recognised at a key European conference on the study of migration.

The paper by Marie-Laurence Flahaux and Hein de Haas, 'Migration from, to and within Africa: the role of development and states', won the inaugural Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award at the 11th Annual IMISCOE conference, held in Madrid on 27-29 August.

A total of 21 papers were nominated for the prize, and a jury of nine members, chaired by Rinus Penninx, IMISCOE's founder, selected the paper unanimously to be the recipient of the award.

“This paper is chosen because of its broad and ambitious approach to migration in the continent of Africa. It is theoretically informed in its approach and technically interesting in its use of new sources. It is consistent in its structure and it leads to conclusions that often do not coincide with the general images of African migration in the media and sometimes are even counterintuitive scientifically.” Rinus Penninx

'Migration from, to and within Africa: the role of development and states' was based on research as part of the DEMIG (Determinants of International Migration) project and will be published as an IMI working paper in the coming weeks.