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Workshop | New Data and Methods for Migration Studies | October 10-11

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Paris School of Economics, SoBigData++ consortium, HumMingBird consortium and Institut Convergences Migrations are jointly organising a two-day workshop aimed at bringing together migration scholars from various disciplines from these institutions and beyond. The conference is devoted to investigating and showcasing new methods to study human migration based on non-traditional data sources and methods.

New Data and Methods for Migration Studies: going beyond traditional data sources

Dates: October 10-11, 2022
Venue: Paris School of Economics
48 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris
Organizers: Alina Sirbu, Donia Kamel, Hillel Rapoport, Jerome Valette and Tuba Bircan.


Monday, October 10

09:00-09:15 Registration
Reception area: Paris School of Economics, 48 Boulevard Jourdan, Paris, 75014

09:15-09:30 Opening Session
Room: Amphitheatre
Hillel Rapoport, Paris School of Economics, Head of Migration Exploratory at SoBigData
Tuba Bircan, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, HummingBird Project
Alina Sirbu, University of Pisa, SoBigData & HummingBird Projects
Jerome Valette, University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and Institut Convergence Migration

09:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture 1: Technological Violence Through High-Risk Experiments at the Border
Speaker: Petra Molnar (Refugee Law Lab, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University)
Chair: Tuba Bircan

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session 1: Development and Migration
Chair: Jerome Valette

Jisu Kim (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research): “Online Social Integration of Migrants: Evidence from Twitter”
Annali Mireia Casanueva Artis (Paris School of Economics): “Going Viral in a Pandemic: Social Media and the Broadening of the Black Lives Matter” (with Vladimir Avetian, Sulin Sardoschau, and Kritika Saxena)
Bilgecag Aydogdu (Utrecht University): “A new modality of transnationalism: Airtime remittances and their short-term responsiveness to critical events” (with Illias Gorantis, Ozge Bilgili, and Albert Ali Salah)
Andre Groeger (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona): “Predicting Bilateral Refugee Flows using Google Trends Data”

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:30 Session 2: Political Economy of Migration
Room: R2-01
Chair: Hillel Rapoport

Alessandra Stampi-Bombelli (ETH Zurich): “Immigration and Social Destination: Evidence from Newspapers during the Age of Mass Migration” (with Gloria Gennaro, Dominik Hangartner, and Elliott Ash)
Apurav Yash Bhatiya (University of Birmingham): “Do Enfranchised Immigrants Affect Politicians’ Behaviour?”
Athina Anastasiadou (Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research): “War and Migration: First Steps of Quantifying the Russian Exodus with Digital Trace Data” (with Artem Volgin)
Godwin Osabutey (University of Bologna): “The effect of interaction and composition on resident-immigrant cultural contact” (with Pierluigi Contucci)

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:00 Keynote Lecture 2: Believing and Spreading Fake News
Speaker: Ekaterina Zhuravaskaya (Paris School of Economics)
Chair: Jerome Valette

19:30-22:00 Conference Dinner

Tuesday, October 11

09:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture 3: Migration and Big Data: from Research to Policy
Speaker: Joshua Blumenstock (University of California Berkeley)
Chair: Hillel Rapoport

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session 3: High Skilled Migration and Cultural Exchanges
Chair: Tuba Bircan

Camilo Umana Dajud: “Free Trade Agreements and the Movement of Business People” (with Thierry Mayer and Hillel Rapoport)
Alina Sirbu (University of Pisa): “Analysing Scientific Migration Drivers to Predict Scientific Migration Flows” (with Laura Pollacci)
Laura Pollacci (University of Pisa): “Cultural exchange and high-skilled mobility from LinkedIn: the case of Tuscan alumni” (with Gianmarco Di Mauro and Guilio Rossetti)
Massimiliano Coda Zabetta (Universitat de Barcelona): “Foreign-origin Managers and FDI Location Choice” (with Ernest Miguelez, Franceso Lissoni, and Sarah Hegarty)

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Session 4: Methods
Chair: Alina Sirbu

Haodong Qi (Malmo University): “From Aspiration to Action: Quantifying Migration Capability Using a Linear-Nonlinear Mixed Approach” (with Tuba Bircan)
Diletta Goglia (University of Pisa): “Use of non-traditional data sources to nowcast migration trends through Ariticial Intelligence Technologies” (with Alina Sirbu and Laura Pollacci)
Ahmad Wali (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): “The Use of Big Data for Migration and Human Mobility by National Statistical Institutions” (with Ahmad Yar and Tuba Bircan)

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Keynote Lecture 4: Opportunities and challenges in the use of alternative data sources to study migratory phenomena
Speaker: Stefano Iacus (Harvard University)
Chair: Alina Sirbu

17:30-19:00 Farewell reception
PSE Reception Hall