Dr. Özge Bilgili PhD, MSc.

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Özge Bilgili is currently an assistant professor at Utrecht University and Thomas J. Alexander fellow at the Education and Skills Department of the OECD. Her expertise is on immigrant integration, transnationalism and education research and policy analysis in relevant areas. She is the chair of Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR), the co-coordinator of IMISCOE Standing Committee on Interactions of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism in Europe (IMITE) and an affiliated researcher of United Nations University MERIT. As a migration scholar, she regularly does research for international organisations (IOM, UNHCR, MPI, MPG, and SDC) and country governments, lectures graduate students in her areas of expertise, and travels extensively around the world to present research findings to practitioners, policy makers and academics.

During her appointment at UNU-Merit, Dr. Özge Bilgili was a post-doctoral researcher on transnationalism (funded by MACIMIDE) and the theme leader of Integration, Social Cohesion and Transnationalism research. Her  research focused on integration and transnationalism debates in the EU context as well as economic remittances, diaspora engagement and return migration in the non-EU migrant sending countries. She has also worked as an evaluation researcher at United Nations University - MERIT & Maastricht Graduate School of Governance for the MIPEX 2015: Integration Policies, Who Benefits? Project in partnership with Migration Policy Group and Center for International Affairs Barcelona. She coordinated the evaluation research and wrote extensively on impact evaluation studies on integration policy outcomes in 7 policy dimensions, in 18 migrant receiving countries. She also worked as a migration and integration policy expert for the INTERACT Project (MPI and EUI) (2014) where she worked on the role of subanational authorities and international city-to-city partnerships on immigrant integration. She is competent in both qualitative and quantitative research skills, and has extensive research experience in European Member states, as well as other countries such as Turkey, Morocco, Rwanda and Benin.

Previously, she was a PhD research fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University where she worked for the Migration and Development: A World in Motion Project financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IS Academy) focusing on the situation of immigrants in the Netherlands. Her dissertation entitled  "Simultaneity in transnational migration research: Links between migrants' host and home country orientation" has been published for the MGSoG Dissertation Series by Boekenplan. Earlier, she received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology from Galatasaray University, Istanbul as the top ranked student in 2007. In 2009, she acquired a Master of Science degree from the Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism Prestige Research Master Program at Utrecht University where she studied with an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, and worked as a research assistant. 

Selected publications by Özge Bilgili

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Bilgili, Özge & Sonja Fransen, 2020, Evolution of migration trajectories and transnational social networks over time: a study among sub-Saharan African migrants in Europe, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Online, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1804195, More information
Bilgili, Özge & Sonja Fransen, 2019, Return, Reintegration and the Role of State, Migration & Integration 8-Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis, 8: 129-
Fajth, Veronika, Özge Bilgili, Craig Loschmann & Melissa Siegel, 2019, How do refugees affect social life in host communities? The case of Congolese refugees in Rwanda, Comparative Migration Studies, 7(1): 33-, DOI: 10.1186/s40878-019-0139-1, More information
Loschmann, Craig, Özge Bilgili & Melissa Siegel, 2019, Considering the benefits of hosting refugees: evidence of refugee camps influencing local labour market activity and economic welfare in Rwanda, IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 9(5), DOI: 10.1186/s40176-018-0138-2, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Craig Loschmann, Sonja Fransen & Melissa Siegel, 2019, Is the Education of Local Children Influenced by Living near a Refugee Camp? Evidence from Host Communities in Rwanda, International Migration(Special Issue), DOI: 10.1111/imig.12541, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Craig Loschmann, Sonja Fransen & Melissa Siegel, 2018, Is the education of local children influenced by living nearby a refugee camp? Evidence from host communities in Rwanda, International Migration, 57(4): 291-309, DOI: doi.org/10.1111/imig.12541, More information
Fransen, Sonja & Özge Bilgili, 2018, The Constituents of Reintegration of Displaced Populations, Population, Space and Place, DOI: 10.1002/psp.2140
Bilgili, Özge, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2018, Return migrants' perceptions of living conditions in Ethiopia: A gendered analysis, Migration Studies, 6(3): 345-366, DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnx050, More information
Volante, Louis, Don A. Klinger, Özge Bilgili & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Making sense of the performance (dis)advantage for immigrant students across Canada, Canadian Journal of Education, 40(3): 329-361
Bilgili, Özge, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Return migrants’ perceptions of living conditions in Ethiopia: A gendered analysis, Migration Studies(mnx050), DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnx050, More information
Volante, Louis, Don A. Klinger, Özge Bilgili & Melissa Siegel, 2017, The immigrant (dis)advantage: Addressing student achievement gaps, Education Canada, More information
Volante, Louis, Don A. Klinger, Melissa Siegel & Özge Bilgili, 2017, Immigrant youth help to build nations, The Conversation, More information
Bilgili, Özge, 2016, A new strategy: Coherent and complementary integration and development policies, Migration Policy Practice, VI(1)
Sturge, Georgina, Özge Bilgili & Melissa Siegel, 2016, Migrants’ capacity as actors of development: do skills matter for economic and social remittances?, Global Networks, 16(4): 470-489, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12117
Bilgili, Özge, 2015, Economic Integration to Send Money Back Home?, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 13(4): 379-400, DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2015.1017630, More information
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2015, To return permanently or to return temporarily? Explaining migrants’ intentions, Migration and Development, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2015.1088241, More information
Engbersen, G. , L. Bakker, M. B. Erdal & Özge Bilgili, 2014, Transnationalism in a Comparative Perspective, Comparative Migration Studies, 2(3): 255-260, More information
Bilgili, Özge, 2014, Migrants’ Multi-Sited Social Lives, Comparative Migration Studies, 2(3): 283-304, More information
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2014, Policy perspectives of Turkey towards return migration: From permissive indifference to selective difference, Migration Letters, 11: 218-228, More information

Book chapters
Bilgili, Özge & Silja Weyel, 2016, Diaspora Engagement Policies: A Comparison between the Turkish and Moroccan Case, in: D. Besharov and M. Lopez (Eds.), Adjusting to a World in Motion: Trends in Global Migration and Migration Policy, Oxford University Press, Boston
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2013, From Economic to Political Engagement: Analysing the Changing Role of the Turkish Diaspora, in: Collyer, Michael, Emigration Nations: the ideologies and policies of emigrant engagement, Palgrave, UK, More information

Books (monograph or edited volume)
Volante, Louis, Don A. Klinger & Özge Bilgili (eds.), 2018, Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: Cross-Cultural Approaches, Springer Press, Switzerland, 214 pp, More information
Huddleston, Thomas, Özge Bilgili, Anne-Linde Joki & Z. Vankova, 2015, Migrant Integration Policy Index | MIPEX 2015, Migration Policy Group, Brussels, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Bilgili, Özge, Louis Volante, Don A. Klinger & Melissa Siegel, 2019, Confronting the challenge of immigrant and refugee student underachievement: Policies and practices from Canada, New Zealand and the European Union, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-048
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2014, To return permanently or to return temporarily? Explaining migrants' intentions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-041
Bilgili, Özge, 2013, The links between economic integration and remittances behaviour of migrants in the Netherlands, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-037
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2011, Understanding the changing role of the Turkish diaspora, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-039

External working papers
Bilgili, Özge, Craig Loschmann & Melissa Siegel, 2018, The Gender-Based Effects of Displacement: The Case of Congolese Refugees in Rwanda , KNOMAD Working Paper 21, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Craig Loschmann & Melissa Siegel, 2017, The Gender-Based Effects of Displacement: The Case of Congolese Refugees in Rwanda, KNOMAD Working Paper 21, More information

Research reports
Bilgili, Özge & Melissa Siegel, 2015, Migration and Development: A World in Motion - The Netherlands Country Profile, IS Academy Survey The Netherlands, More information
Bilgili, Özge, 2015, Evaluating impact: Lessons learned from robust evaluations of labour market integration policies, Migrant Integration Policy Index 2015, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Thomas Huddleston & Anne-Linde Joki, 2015, The Dynamics between Integration Policies and Outcomes: a Synthesis of the Literature, This paper has been published in the framework of the project 'Integration Policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates', directed by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and the Migration Policy Group, More information
Bilgili, Özge & Ilire Agimi, 2015, Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries' Subnational Authorities?, This report is part of the INTERACT research project, led by the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute. INTERACT is implemented by a consortium built by the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and the Migration Policy Institute Europe, More information

Conference contributions
Bilgili, Özge & Katrin Marchand, 2017, Domain 3: Protection and Migration, Thematic Input Paper - Agadir Regional Thematic Exchange Meeting. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: Bern, Switzerland, More information

Bilgili, Özge, 2014, Simultaneity in transnational migration research: Links between migrants' host and home country orientation, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information

Lebon-McGregor, Elaine, Özge Bilgili & Melissa Siegel, 2013, Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, IS Academy Policy Brief No. 16
Bilgili, Özge & Silja Weyel, 2012, Diaspora Engagement in Morocco - Understanding the Implications of a Changing Perspective on Capacity and Practices, Migration policy brief No. 10, IS Academie, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Bilgili, Özge, 2012, Turkey’s Multifarious Attitude towards Migration and its Migrants, European University Institute – CARIM Migration Summer School – Best Participant Essays Series, More information