Micheline van Riemsdijk
Senior Lecturer/ Universitetslektor
Department of Social and Economic Geography/ Kulturgeografiska institutionen
Uppsala University/ Uppsala universitet
Email: micheline.vanriemsdijk@kultgeog.uu.se
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Micheline van Riemsdijk is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. Her research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of migrants, and the governance of international migration. She is especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international skilled migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed.

Micheline van Riemsdijk is developing a new research project on highly skilled refugees in Sweden. Together with Linn Axelsson she will co-organize a workshop on the labor market integration of highly skilled refugees in Sweden, Germany, and The Netherlands. Ten academic experts will participate in two interdisciplinary workshop sessions in Uppsala, funded by the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

From June to October 2018, van Riemsdijk was a research fellow at the Center for Global Cooperation Research at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She worked on the framing of international cooperation in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. In this interview at the Center, van Riemsdijk discusses the global governance of migration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXXLyZLU-HU

Together with Qingfang Wang, Micheline van Riemsdijk has edited a book on Rethinking International Skilled Migration (Routledge 2017). Contributors use perspectives from economic, urban, social, and population geography to reflect on the existing theoretical frameworks for skilled international migration. Rethinking International Skilled Migration brings case studies of various countries together in one place to examine different stages of migration (e.g. international students and professional migrants), and a variety of industries and occupational sectors in the knowledge economy. In particular, the chapters provide insights into the experiences of highly skilled labor migrants and international students; issues related to transnational activities and return migration; and policy implications for both immigrant source and destination countries. It also charts a future research agenda for international skilled migration research.

Marion Panizzon and Micheline van Riemsdijk were guest editors for a special issue for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on Migration Governance in an Era of Large Movements: A Multi-Layer Approach (2018). The introduction examines theoretical approaches to multilevel governance and current developments in the governance of large migration flows. The nine articles are divided into three main themes, focusing on the global, regional or local level. The first section examines why host governments can no longer experiment with bottom-up models of migration governance during times of crisis. The second section asks whether regional migration governance is gaining or losing significance in the light of large movements of migrants and refugees. The third section studies how the “leveling and blurring” of migration governance delivers for migrants’ protection needs, employability, and overall agency.