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The Global Migration Turn

How New Migration Governance Changed the World in the Long 1970s

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Published on Monday, August 07, 2023


The conference “The Global Migration Turn: How New Migration Governance Changed the World in the Long 1970s” examines the radical transformation in mobility and migration patterns and policies that occurred between the late 1960s and early 1980s. It focuses on the shift from active immigration policies to more restrictive stances in North America and Western Europe and explores the causes and consequences. Themes include changing immigration policies, refugee issues, and the role of international organisations. By bringing together scholars across disciplines, the conference aims to bring fresh, ground-breaking perspectives to the study of postwar global history. We aim to decipher the transformations that took place during the extensive period of the 1970s, which shaped migration as a globally prominent issue, particularly between an expanding West and the rest of the world. 



September 7, 2023

Aula Magna, Palazzo Boileau, via Santa Maria 85, Pisa


9:30am-9:45am: Institutional greetings

  • Rector of the University of Pisa
  • Director of the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa

9:45am-10:00am: Introduction: Simone Paoli, Emmanuel Comte

10:00am-11:30am: The Long Rise of Anglo-American Immigration Restrictions

Chair: Simone Paoli (University of Pisa)

  1. “Immigrants, Citizens, Both? The Invention of the UK’s Immigrant-Citizen Distinction,” Michael Slaven (University of Lincoln)
  2. “Migrant Rights Activists and Transnational European Workers in the Formation of Australian Multiculturalism in the Long 1970s,” Alexandra Dellios (Australian National University)
  3. “The Long-Term Origins of IRCA: A Law to Curtail Undocumented Migration,” Ana Raquel Minian (Stanford University)

11:30am-12:00pm: Keynote lecture: “The Politics of the Borders in the United States and Europe – A Comparison,” Martin Schain (New York University)

12:15pm: luch


1:45pm-3:15pm: A New Geography of Global Migration Governance

Chair: Eugenio Pizzimenti (University of Pisa)

  1. “Authoritarian Sanctuaries: How 1970s African Dictators Shaped Contemporary Refugee Policy,” Alexander Betts (University of Oxford) and Julia Schweers (University of Oxford)
  2. “Dead Ends and Passageways: Temporary Migrant Workers in the Long 1970s,” Julie Weise (University of Oregon)
  3. “Fenced Futures: The Economic Exclusion of Low-Skilled Immigrants in Developed Nations,” Emmanuel Comte (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy)

3:15pm-3:45pm: Keynote lecture: “A New Grammar of International Migration in the 1970s,” Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Sciences Po, Paris)

4:00pm: coffee break

4:30pm-6:00pm: The Mediterranean between North and South

Chair: Francesco Tamburini (University of Pisa)

  1. In absentia? Situating the Gastarbeiter Debate after 1973 in the Global Migration Turn,” Maria Adamopoulou (European University Institute)
  2. “Culture as a Political Tool for Migrant Activists in France Facing Repression,” Christian Jacobs (Freie Universität Berlin)
  3. “Perceptions from the South: Social Cooperation and the Migration Issue in the 1976 Agreement between Tunisia and the EEC,” Nancy De Leo (University of Messina)

6:00pm-6:30pm: Keynote lecture: “War, Work, & Want: Global Migration since 1973,” Randall Hansen (University of Toronto)

8:15pm: dinner

September 8, 2023

Gipsoteca di Arte Antica, Piazza S. Paolo All’Orto 20, Pisa


8:45am-10:15am: The Détente and Central and Eastern European Migration

Chair: Michele Di Donato (University of Pisa)

  1. “‘How the CSCE and the New International Economic Order Transformed Global Migration Governance,” Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Vienna)
  2. “Freedom of Movement in Western Countries’ Human Rights Policy Toward Poland, 1975-1981,” Pawel Jaworski (University of Wrocław)
  3. “The Evolving Soviet Migration Patterns,” Andrei Korobkov (Middle Tennessee State University)

10:30am: coffee break

11:00am-12:30pm: Migration Governance in the New International Order

Chair: Emmanuel Comte (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy)

  1. “From Common Labour Market to Immigration: the Migration Policy of the European Community,” Marcel Berlinghoff (Osnabrück University)
  2. “ICEM’s Mandate Transformed: from East/West to North/South dichotomy,” Christopher Szabla (Durham University) and Lina Venturas (Panteion University)
  3. “The International Labour Organisation and the New International Order: the Dilemma between Control and Rights,” Simone Paoli (University of Pisa)

12:30pm-1:00pm: Keynote lecture: “UNHCR in the long 1970s: Engagement with States and Refugees,” Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester)

1:00pm-1:15pm: Conclusion: Emmanuel Comte, Simone Paoli


Participation online is feasible; simply follow the submission link to connect via Microsoft Teams.



  • Palazzo Boileau - Via Santa Maria 85
    Pisa, Italian Republic

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Thursday, September 07, 2023
  • Friday, September 08, 2023


  • migration, global history, 1970s, policy, governance

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Arianna Del Monte
    courriel : a [dot] delmonte3 [at] studenti [dot] unipi [dot] it


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« The Global Migration Turn », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Monday, August 07, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1bob

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