Dr. Özge Bilgili is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Utrecht University. She has been awarded as a Thomas J. Alexander fellow at the Education and Skills Department of the OECD and is currently working as an associated researcher for the Strength through Diversity Project. Her expertise is on immigrant integration, social cohesion, transnationalism and education research and policy analysis in relevant areas. She has also worked extensively on migration and...
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Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance


  • Dutch Association for Migration Research

    Non-governmental Organisation, Utrecht, Netherlands


Who reintegrates? The constituents of reintegration of displaced populations

Authors Sonja Fransen, Oezge Bilgili
Year 2018
Journal Name Population, Space and Place
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1 Journal Article

Return migrants’ perceptions of living conditions in Ethiopia : a gendered analysis

Year 2018
Journal Name Migration Studies
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2 Journal Article

Migrants' capacity as actors of development: do skills matter for economic and social remittances?

Authors Georgina Sturge, Ozge Bilgili, Melissa Siegel
Year 2016
Journal Name Global Networks
Citations (WoS) 1
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3 Journal Article

Migrant Integration Policy Index 2015

Authors Thomas Huddleston, Özge Bilgili, Anne-Linde Joki, ...
Year 2015
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4 Book

Migrant Integration Policy Index

Authors Thomas Huddleston
Year 2015
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5 Book

Evaluating Impact: Lessons Learned from Robust Evaluations of Labour Market Integration Policies

Authors Özge Bilgili, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Migration Policy Group (MPG)
Year 2015
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6 Report

The Dynamics between Integration Policies and Outcomes: a Synthesis of the Literature

Authors Özge Bilgili, Thomas Huddleston, Anne-Linde Joki, ...
This paper reviews the comparative multi-level quantitative research on the links between integration policies, the integration situation of immigrants and a wide range of individual and contextual factors. Twenty-one reviewed studies and additional supporting articles indicate that a number of individual and contextual variables explain most of the variation between countries in terms of immigrants’ labour market integration, educational attainment, naturalisation and political participation. Thanks to the use of MIPEX and similar indices, some evidence is emerging that certain integration policies can be related to the specific integration outcomes that they aim to address. So far, only certain general and targeted employment policies can be directly associated with better labour market outcomes for immigrants and a lower incidence of employment discrimination. More indirectly, facilitating naturalisation, a secure residence and a secure family life seems to have positive effects on boosting labour market outcomes for certain immigrants. In the area of employment, studies rarely focus on a specific policy or properly match it to its specific intended target group and outcome. In the area of education, the inclusiveness of the school and education system seems to matter most for immigrant and non-immigrant pupils. Although targeted immigrant education policies adopted at national level do not display consistent results across countries in terms of pupils’ tests scores, most studies conclude that inclusive schools and education systems are more successful when they also target the specific needs of immigrant pupils. Several studies on the acquisition of nationality find that naturalisation policies are perhaps the strongest determinant of the naturalisation rates for immigrants from developing countries. Further research can explore which specific elements of naturalisation policies most help or hinder naturalisation. The few studies on political participation find that targeted policies and the acquisition of nationality may boost participation rates for certain immigrant groups. The fact that studies find no link between the general integration policy (i.e. MIPEX overall score) and a specific labour market outcome (i.e. employment rates for foreign-born) does mean that no causal relationship exist between integration policies and outcomes across countries. Considering that this multi-level research is still in infancy, studies have great room for improvement in terms of their use of databases and methodological tools. A more robust methodological approach using new international datasets can better explore the nuanced links between policies and societal outcomes. Future research needs to pay greater attention to linking a specific integration policy with its actual target group and target outcomes. Studies must also take into account time-sensitive contextual factors and general policies. International surveys can improve their measurement of integration policy outcomes in terms of longterm residence, family reunification, anti-discrimination, language learning, and, to some extent, political participation.
Year 2015
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7 Report

Migrants’ Multi-Sited Social Lives

Authors Özge Bilgili
Year 2014
Journal Name Comparative Migration Studies
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8 Journal Article

From Economic to Political Engagement: Analysing the Changing Role of the Turkish Diaspora

Authors Melissa Siegel, Özge Bilgili
Book Title Emigration Nations
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9 Book Chapter

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