The International Migration Sociology Team (ESOMI) is based in the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña (Spain), and is one of the University’s Quality Research Teams. Its main objective is to lead top quality research into international migration, thereby contributing to progress in the sociological study of this field that will be of use in the planning of public policies. In addition, ESOMI also has teaching interests, as it is responsible for the Official Master’s Degree in International Migration and in recent years members of the team have supervised several doctoral theses.

ESOMI, which today is coordinated by Laura Oso Casas, was set up in 2004 by Antonio Izquierdo Escribano. Its members include researchers with long-standing experience in migratory studies in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the USA-Mexico border. Below is an outline of the team’s principal areas of research:

  1. Migratory policies: analysis of local, regional, national and international legislation within the field of international migration and its influence on the nature of migratory models.
  2. Migratory flows: exploring migratory flows to and from Spain, considering the factors that hinder or facilitate population movements.
  3. Gender and labour markets: studies into the insertion on the labour market of Spain's immigrant population and the socio-economic factors behind the hiring of immigrant labour in certain market niches.
  4. Identity and citizenship: analysis of the elements that promote identity amongst the migrant population and their descendents, as well as the links that exist between mobility and citizenship. The relationship between identity and religion.
  5. Welfare, Care and Health: exploring the connection between the provision of welfare and the migratory model and the latter’s contribution to care in host countries. Analysis of the reorganisation of care in migrant families and changing gender roles as a consequence of migration.
  6. Migration and development: study of migrants’ capacity to boost the development of their countries of origin and host nations through labour and social mobility processes arising from the accumulation of financial and social capital as a result of migration. Inter-generational social mobility strategies. Identity and youth.
  7. Cross-border migration: study and analysis of migratory flows in border areas and their impact on the countries of origin and destination.


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