Michael Seifert shares his impressions of child migration and actors’ responses at the southern US border with MIGPROSP PhD researcher Michaela Bruckmayer. The region experiences some of the highest number of border crossings by children migrating without a parent or legal guardian from Mexico and the Northern Triangle Central American countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — into the United States. As a resident of the area for almost 30 years and the Network Weaver for the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, Michael has witnessed and engaged in the evolvement of US border policies and their impacts on individuals and communities.

The work of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network began in 2007 with inspiration from the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Its aim is to create a movement focused on enhancing the capacity of disenfranchised and marginalised groups to engage and be heard in the policy-making process. The network connects about eight organisations focused on assisting low-income families and otherwise unrepresented groups who come together to form six different working groups on issues including education, health, employment, housing, immigration, LGBTQ.

April 2016


Andrew Geddes will be giving a public lecture on Prospects for International Migration Governance this Thursday 28 April at the University of Bern. Andrew’s talk is part of a lecture series on “Transnational Perspectives and Future Prospects of Migration and Mobility” organized by the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for migration and mobility studies. You can find more information, and an abstract,

March 2016

The fragmentation of the European migration system

Andrew Geddes has contributed to the Lightning Policy Brief Series, published by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD) and prepared for the conference
“Canada and Europe: Converging or Diverging Responses to International and Domestic Challenges?” held at Carleton University on March 10-11, 2016. To read Andrew’s policy brief,