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Periodic Report Summary 1 - TRANSMIC (Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities)

The aim of TRANSMIC is to contribute to the understanding of transnational migration, in particular by looking at the conditions for and effects of transnational migration, possibilities for the mobility of migrants’ rights to be enhanced, and the links between migration, citizenship, and migration and development. TRANSMIC runs from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018. This report covers the period 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2016.
TRANSMIC is structured according to the various Work Packages defined in the Description of Work. WP1 concerns Project Coordination, including ethics. Thirteen individual projects make up TRANSMIC: six of these deal with legal and policy aspects of circular migration (WP2); the other seven deal with social and economic aspects (WP3 and WP4). Training activities are covered by WP6, and Dissemination and Outreach cover WPs 5 and 7, respectively.

WP1: Project Coordination

The TRANSMIC consortium consists of eight Partners and six Associate Partners. Maastricht University is leading the consortium, with Hildegard Schneider as academic coordinator and Diana Schabregs as financial and administrative expert. Niels Philipsen has been appointed as project manager (0.2 FTE) for the running time of TRANSMIC. Each of the other Partners and Associate Partners is represented in the Supervisory Board of TRANSMIC, which furthermore has three external members: Thomas Faist, Georgia Papagianni, and Neelam D. Sabharwal.
Supervisory board meetings were held regularly, more specifically in Maastricht (kick-off meeting, 19 September 2015), Braga (21 April 2015), Brussels (UM Campus, 11 June), Tampere (17 September), Liège (14 December 2015) and Brussels (CEPS, 24 May, 2016). With the exception of the kick-off meeting, each of those meetings was organized around the time of another TRANSMIC event, i.e. a training session, workshop or Mid-Term Review meeting. All supervisors who were present at those events attended the Supervisory Board meetings, as well as administrative and/or management staff, the ESRs and ERs, and in some cases a representative from the Associate Partners or external member of the Supervisory Board.

WP2: Legal and Policy aspects of circular migration

This work package consists of the projects ESR1, ESR2, ESR6, ESR8, ESR10 and ER11. Seven Deliverables and five Milestones were achieved as per the Description of Work as part of WP2:
• D5: Individual Research Proposal
• D10: Paper on theoretical framework
• D11: Paper on theoretical framework
• D12: Presentation of paper at international workshop or conference
• D13: Submission of first two chapters (for those ESRs writing a thesis in book form)
• D14: Forthcoming publication in international journal or edited volume (ESRs)
• D15: Forthcoming publication of at least 2 articles in international journals (ERs)
• M2: Training session 1
• M3: Training session 2
• M4: Series of seminars by ERs and ESRs
• M5: Training session 3
• M6: Training session 4

D5, D10 and D11 have been successfully completed. D13 has been completed for all those ESRs who write a thesis in book form. D12, D14 and D15 have mostly been reached as well. The milestones M2-M6 were also reached, taking into account that all ESRs and ERs attended all training activities and also participated in the series of seminars.

WP3 and WP4: Social and economic aspects of circular migration

These two work packages together consist of the projects ESR3, ESR4, ESR5, ESR7, ESR8, ER9a, ER9b and ESR12. Similar to WP2, this reporting period covers seven Deliverables and five Milestones as part of WP3 and WP4. All of those were reached.

WP5: Dissemination

Dissemination takes place in the form of TRANSMIC workshops and panels organized, and via presentations and publications by the ERs and ESRs. Moreover, results of the TRANSMIC research are published on our website (, notably under the headings Output and News.As far as workshops involving external participants is concerned, most noteworthy so far are the following:
- “The EU External Policies on Migration, Borders and Asylum: Policy Transfers or Intersecting Policy Universes?”, 24 May 2016, CEPS (Brussels)
- “The Nexus Between Academic Knowledge and EU Policies on Migration and Citizenship: Issues and Challenges“, 8-18 June 2015, UM Campus Brussels and CEPS (Brussels)

WP6: Training

The DoW lists 7 Deliverables. Those that fall within the reporting period (D4, D7, D8, D9, 16) have all been completed. It concerns five different training sessions and a ‘series of seminars by ERs and ESRs’. The final two training sessions (D18 and D21) will be organized in 2017.
The first training session was split up into two parts, with one part held in Oxford (12-17 January 2015) and one part held in Oslo (11-13 February, organized by the responsible Associated Partner PRIO). The second and third training session took place in Braga (20-24 April 2015) and Brussels (8-18 June 2015, including external workshop), respectively.
The first part of the 'Series of Seminars' was held in Tampere (15-18 September 2015). The Tampere event also included a training session on ‘academic writing in English’ Training session 4 was held in Liège (14-18 December), and again included a number of presentations by TRANSMIC fellows, but also other presentations and a short course on academic publishing. Programmes and background information on all training sessions can be found on the TRANSMIC website. All fellows attended these trainings; in several cases there were also external participants. All of the training activities were evaluated positively by the people who participated.

WP7: Outreach

Transnational migration, circular movements, and the rights and responsibilities linked to this mobility are high on the policy agenda of the EU and its member states. TRANSMIC envisages a number of different outreach activities with the aim to enhance communication between the scientific community, policy-makers, and the general public. Maastricht University, the lead partner of the TRANSMIC project, closely collaborates with the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) when implementing the TRANSMIC outreach activities.
Several TRANSMIC fellows have presented their research outside of the academic context. ER9a (Marieke van Houte) also keeps a blog on migration. Furthermore, TRANSMIC publishes news via the Facebook pages of MACIMIDE (UM) and the International Migration Institute (Oxford).
Specific information on outreach activities can be found under the headings Outreach and News on our website.

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