Dr Eugenia Markova explores the interconnections between the integration process and transnational mobility of migrants
Dr Eugenia Markova from the London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and Professor Sonia McKay from the Working Lives Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities have been working on an EU funded project, Integration, Transnational Mobility and Human, Social and Economic Capital Transfers (ITHACA).
The project which has partners in Italy, Spain, Austria and the UK has been exploring the interconnections between the integration process and transnational mobility of migrants and aims to answer three key questions: To what extent, and in what ways, do integration conditions in the country of destination encourage transnational mobility for economic purposes? What are the conditions in the country of origin that may encourage economic transnationalsim? What type of transfers take place through the transnational mobility of migrants?
In the UK we have already conducted 40 interviews with transnational migrants mainly from the Ukraine, the Philippines, India and Bosnia and will have completed around twice that number by the end of the project.
From 22-23 January 2015, the London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law at Moorgate, hosted the second partnership workshop. Later in the year London Metropolitan University will be organising a regional workshop with our Austrian partners, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, focusing on the economic transnationalism of migrant workers from the Ukraine and Bosnia.