The Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas promotes, coordinates, and facilitates innovative high-quality interdisciplinary research on how human migration both shapes and is shaped by the social landscapes in which it takes place at the local, regional, national, and global levels. The Center strives to generate research-based knowledge that addresses pressing societal concerns and provides guidance for policy interventions.

Spring 2017 Seed Grant Program

Pursuant to its mission as an interdisciplinary hub of human migration-related research at KU, the Center for Migration Research (CMR) strives to provide support to its affiliates’ scientific endeavors. As part of these efforts, CMR is continuing its seed grant program. The main goal of the program is to enhance and expand migration-related research across disciplines and units at KU and to support creative interdisciplinary projects on their way to competing for external funding.

The program funds initial stages of research related to human migration, broadly defined. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Award recipients are required to submit an external grant application within one year of award date. Deadline extended until February 28, 2017.

Graduate Student Grant Program 2016-2017

As part of its efforts to support migration-related research at KU, CMR is launching a small grant program designated for graduate students. The main goal of this program is to enhance and expand migration-related research across disciplines and units at KU by supporting graduate students’ related research endeavors.

Resources on Immigration

Upcoming Events

Abel Chikanda, KU Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science
Assessing the Integration Outcomes of the African-Born Population in the United States
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

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Addressing inequalities, mobility, and dislocation: Insights from international and domestic research and practice
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
June 12 - June 13, 2017
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Summer Course for Research Design in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
July 17-21, 2017
University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida
Training Opportunity

International conference: (Re)Creating A Global Literary Canon
December 14-15, 2017
University of Vienna
Call for Papers

In The News

Migration to Russia and Europe: Gender and Vulnerabilities
The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies spring newsletter features an interview with the Center for Migration Research co-director, Victor Agadjanian. Read the interview here.

Negative media portrayals drive perception of immigration policy, study finds
Negative media portrayals of Latino immigrants - as much as specific policies and laws - tend to drive the perception of immigration issues in the United States, according to a recent study by a University of Kansas professor. "We find that media have a central place in shaping the public's views of immigrants and immigration," said Cecilia Menjívar, a KU Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology. "Laws are critical, but media messages create conditions for policies to be created and passed and for them to be implemented. So the two work hand in hand." Read more and watch the video here.

Related News

Information regarding executive order on immigration
On January 29th, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement on the recent executive order suspending immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Read the statement here.

The KU Provost released this statement announcing a campus forum on the executive order on February 1st.

Also see analysis of the executive order by Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies (NY)

Ruben Hernandez-Leon (UCLA) and Victor Zuñiga (Tec de Monterrey) are guest editors of the special issue of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (Volume 32, Number 2, Summer 2016) on Contemporary Return Migration from the United States to Mexico-Focus on Children, Youth, Schools and Families.
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American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Measuring the Diverging Components of Race
Guest editors: Wendy D. Roth, Mary E. Campbell and Jenifer L. Bratter
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American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Migration and Identity: Perspectives from Asia, Europe, and North America
Guest editors: Eric Fong, Maykel Verkuyten and Susanne Y. P. Choi
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American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Citizenship, Rights, and Deservingness
Guest editors: Roberto G. Gonzales, Nando Sigona and Edelina Muñoz Burciaga
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