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PhD Scholarship in Population Studies / Demography
May 2022
We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3-year PhD studentship to investigate spatial and contextual aspects of migrant and ethnic minority employment, family, and housing in the UK. Further information about this opportunity is available here.

BBC Radio Interview
March 2022
Professor Hill Kulu was interviewed on Good Morning Scotland on 17 March 2022 about the effect of the war on Ukraine’s population. Listen to the interview at 42:22 here.

The War and the Future of Ukraine’s Population
March 2022
We have published a working paper on the effect of the war on Ukraine’s population. Our study highlights that the Russian invasion will not only lead to immense human and economic costs in Ukraine in the present, but also carries long-term demographic repercussions. Read the paper here.

MigrantLife Symposium 2022
March 2022
A two-day virtual symposium, featuring presentations on a range of topics pertaining to migration such as migrant fertility, employment, and family, was held on 14-15 March. We were proud to present Professor Helga de Valk as our keynote speaker, and welcome colleagues in the field who joined us for exchanges and discussion. The full programme can be viewed here. You can watch three of the presentations from the event here.

Childbearing Across the Generations of Immigrants and their Descendants in Sweden
February 2022
Our study investigating fertility among immigrants and their descendants in Sweden has been published as a working paper. Read the paper here.

Partnership, fertility, and employment trajectories of immigrants in the UK: A three-channel sequence analysis
January 2022
A study by Dr Julia Mikolai and Professor Hill Kulu investigating how partnership, fertility, and employment changes interact in the lives of migrants has now been published. Read the paper here.

Family trajectories among immigrants and their descendants in three European countries
January 2022
Our working paper investigating partnership changes and childbearing among immigrant women and men and their descendants born in the UK, France and Germany has now been published. Read the paper here.

Presentation at EAPS Working Group
December 2021
Dr Julie Lacroix gave a presentation on ‘Partnership and fertility transitions among immigrant cohorts in Switzerland’ at the EAPS Working Group on Register-Based Fertility Research, on 13 December 2021.

IUSSP International Population Conference
December 2021
Members of the MigrantLife team presented their work at the virtual IUSSP International Population Conference, 5-10 December 2021. Presentations included: family trajectories among immigrants and their descendants in three European countries; partnership, fertility and employment trajectories of immigrants in the UK; analysing individuals’ fertility behaviours using machine learning techniques; labor market integration of immigrant mothers in Germany; and migration and residential outcomes for immigrant-native mixed couples upon separation in Switzerland. The full programme is available here.

Presentation at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Barcelona)
December 2021
Immigrant women are less likely to engage in the labor market than immigrant men and native women. Is it due to legal restrictions? family reasons? or other characteristics?  Dr Chia Liu explored this during a virtual presentation at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Barcelona) titled ‘Work-migration-life balance: Patterns of immigrant labor market engagement by parity‘, on 9 December 2021.

Migration call to UK leaders
October 2021
Professor Hill Kulu addressed the impact of migration at a Strategy Seminar on How the UK population is changing and why it matters with UK government Permanent Secretaries and Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician, on 29 October 2021. Read more here.

Invited talk
October 2021
Dr Julia Mikolai gave an invited talk on 12 October 2021 at the Demography Breakfast seminar series of the Norwegian Demographic Association titled ‘Partnership, fertility, and employment trajectories of immigrants in the UK: A three-channel sequence analysis’.

Invited talk
September 2021
Dr Julia Mikolai gave an invited talk on 29 September 2021 at the Sociology seminar series at Trinity College Dublin titled ‘Partnership, fertility, and employment trajectories of immigrants in the UK: A three-channel sequence analysis’.

Participation at BSPS conference
September 2021
Members of the MigrantLife team presented their work at the virtual annual meeting of the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), 14-15 September 2021. Presentations included country case studies on the fertility and employment of immigrants in the UK, France, and Germany as well as a comparative study on the link between partnership and fertility trajectories of immigrants and their descendants.  The full programme is available here.

Welcome to Andreas Höhn!
July 2021
We welcome Andreas Höhn to the MigrantLife team. Andreas joins us as a Research Fellow and will investigate the lives of immigrants and their descendants using Swedish Register Data.

Family patterns of immigrants and their descendants in the UK
July 2021
Our working paper, by Dr. Julia Mikolai and Professor Hill Kulu, on the intersection of partnership and fertility trajectories of immigrants and their descendants in the UK was featured in the latest CPC Changing Populations newsletter.

Survival and Event History Analysis
June 2021
Professor Hill Kulu, Dr. Julia Mikolai, and Dr. Chia Liu taught a SGSSS training course on ‘Survival and Event History Analysis for twenty PhD students and post-docs. The application of the method extends beyond social, environmental and health sciences, and can also include for example plant ecology (as the slide below illustrates – survival of tomatoes).

First comes marriage or first comes carriage?
May 2021
Dr. Chia Liu and Professor Hill Kulu examine the family processes for immigrants and natives by birth cohort and migrant generation in Germany, using the German Socio-economic Panel (GSOEP) in this working paper.

Differences in the family formation pathways of natives, immigrants, and their descendants in the UK
May 2021
Findings in our latest working paper, by Dr Julia Mikolai and Professor Hill Kulu, highlight persistent differences in the family formation pathways of natives, immigrants, and their descendants in the UK.

Welcome to Dr Julie Lacroix
May 2021
We welcome Dr Julie Lacroix who has joined the MigrantLife project.  Julie has a PhD from Geneva and a MSc from Montreal. Recently, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to work on migrant integration in Switzerland using micro-data from population registers. We are very pleased that Julie has chosen St Andrews to conduct her project. Julie will stay with us until March 2023.

Invited talk
April 2021
Dr Julia Mikolai gave an invited talk on 1 April 2021 at the seminar series of the Population and Society Unit at the University of Florence titled ‘The intersection of partnership and fertility histories of immigrants and their descendants in the UK: A multi-state approach’.

Family behaviour of migrants
February 2021
A review by Professor Gunnar Andersson of research on family behaviour of migrants has been published.

Migrant families in France
February 2021
A study on migrant families in France has been published.

Tips and tricks in R
17 November 2020
Dr Chia Liu, University of St Andrews, shared some tips and tricks in R.

Sharing research
26 May 2020
Dr Isaure Delaporte, University of St Andrews, shared her research with us, on ‘The Family Dynamics of Immigrants and their Descendants in France: Evidence using Multichannel Sequence Analysis’.

2.5 million euros to study the lives of migrants
September 2019
Professor Hill Kulu has been awarded almost 2.5 million euros to study the lives of immigrants and their descendants in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden. For more information, click here.