Anna Tsalapatanis, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies has been awarded £7,500 by the John Fell Fund for her start-up project which aims to explore migration bureaucracies.

There is an urgent need to understand the impact of the experiences of immigration processes on the individuals who navigate them. Current approaches to these issues focus largely on policy rather than its implementation through procedure, and often consider outcomes in statistical terms without taking into account qualitative experience. They also overlook the literature on bureaucratic processes and their impact, developed within other disciplines.

This start-up project 'Understanding migration bureaucracies' will analyse the current immigration procedure landscape, in the three case countries, the UK, Australia and Greece.  The project will map the various immigration status categories, required processes and relevant documentation, analyse the literature on bureaucracy and its impact available in other fields and also engage with diverse stakeholders.