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China-Europe Research Platform
on Chinese Migration to and beyond Europe


CERPE is a research platform providing new opportunities for interaction and cooperation between at the moment 135 junior and senior scholars working on Chinese migration to, in and beyond Europe. Chinese mobility is increasing and constantly changing caused by continued integration of Chinese and European economy, trade, technology, education and information. To better understand the latest developments in mobility from China to Europe we have established this research platform for scholars focusing their research on Chinese migration to Europe to strengthen opportunities for interaction. We believe that integrating diverse perspectives of sending and receiving localities will better enable us to investigate and understand the dynamics of Chinese mobility and individual experiences of Chinese migrants. Please join us!

Join us

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming part of this research platform and receive information about future conferences, workshops, research activities, collaborations etc. Just write us an email with your contact information and possibly a link to your research publications and interests.

Please also sign up for this WeChat Group for information and discussions: “Chinese Migration to Europe Network”.

New Publications

Valentina Pedone and Gaoheng Zhang (Eds.),
Cultural Mobilities Between China and Italy.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2024.


The Presence of China and the Chinese Diaspora in Portugal and Portuguese-Speaking Territories

Brill, 2021

Amy H. Liu

Language of Political Incorporation:
Chinese Migrants in Europe

Tempel UP, 2021

International Migration
Volume 58, Issue 3
New Chinese Migration Modalities
Pages: 1-272

June 2020

Yue Liu and Simeng Wang,
Chinese Immigrants in Europe - Image, Identity and Social Participation

De Gruyter, 2020

Gaoheng Zhang,

Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012

University of Toronto Press, 2019


Selected papers from the 2nd CERPE were published June 2020 in a special issue of International Migration on “New Chinese Migration Modalities”

Selected papers from the 4th CERPE workshop held in Paris, Nov. 2021, were published December 2022 in a special issue of China Perspectives on “Engendring Transnational Space: China as a High-capacity Diaspora State and Chinese Diasporic Populations”.

Selected papers from the 4th CERPE workshop held in Paris, Nov. 2021, were published October 2023 in a special issue of Journal of Chinese Overseas (19) on ”Chinese Migration to and within Europe: Continuity and Renewal in the Light of Demographic Factors and the Impact of Covid-19”.



The 7th CERPE workshop “Chinese Immigrants in Europe: Living in Transnationality and Transculturality?” will be hosted by College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. Xiamen University, Fujian province, China, Nov. 14-16, 2024. Call for papers (deadline June 30) available here. Webpage will soon be available here.


May 2016 Aarhus University, Denmark hosted the first workshop on “Chinese Migration to and beyond Europe”.

November 2017 Jinan University, China hosted the second workshop on “Rising China and Chinese Migrants in Europe".

November 2018, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain hosted the third workshop on “Chinese in Europe: New Mobilities and Developments”

November 2021 The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute Convergence Migrations, Paris hosted the fourth workshop on “Chinese migration in Europe: between continuity and renewal”.

July 1-3, 2022 Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China hosted the 5th CERPE workshop on “Overseas Chinese and Overseas Chinese Education in Europe”.

Nov. 2023 Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal hosted the 6th CERPE workshop on ”In an Era of Uncertainties and New Opportunities”.