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Published on Friday, November 15, 2019 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

This conference will explore the transformation in the access to territory, mobility and rights. We will explore how the public image of refugees is transformed by xenophobic discourse and the everyday management of asylum rights, including the role of the private sector and the subsequent mobility of refugees. We will further explore the functioning of the access to rights of EU-migrants and the everyday functioning of other migration policies, including the access to healthcare, the detention of migrants and the access to citizenship. Finally, we will explore the political and electoral mobilisations of and in solidarity to migrants and minorities, including artistic expression, developed in answer to the new obstacles to migration.

 

Announcement

Argument

The economic crisis started in 2008 and the increase in xenophobic political positions have contributed to the emergence of new obstacles to migration in Europe. The important arrivals of refugees in Europe in the 2010s have shown the limits of the asylum systems of several European states, and the refugees have been the object of limitations to their asylum rights and of the rise of xenophobic movements explicitly targeting refugees. Reduction in rights of asylum across Europe have added to previous tendencies of exclusion from social rights, conditionality of residence and citizenship on the basis of income and cultural conformity, detention and deportation. Intra-EU migrants have more recently seen limits in access to welfare, the rise of expulsions in certain EU-member states and, in the UK, the process of Brexit.

At the same time different categories of migrants have been developing new tactics in answer to the new obstacles, including new migratory practices and migratory circuits, political mobilisations, forms of solidarity, and practices of access to rights.

This conference, bringing together researchers from the GERME (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and CEDEM (Université de Liège) laboratories and from the University of Manchester, will explore the transformation in the access to territory, mobility and rights. We will explore how the public image of refugees is transformed by xenophobic discourse and the everyday management of asylum rights, including the role of the private sector and the subsequent mobility of refugees. We will further explore the functioning of the access to rights of EU-migrants and the everyday functioning of other migration policies, including the access to healthcare, the detention of migrants and the access to citizenship. Finally, we will explore the political and electoral mobilisations of and in solidarity to migrants and minorities, including artistic expression, developed in answer to the new obstacles to migration.

Practical informations

Attendance free but registration required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-obstacles-to-migrations-new-tactics-among-migrants-conference-tickets-76686803293

Venue : 29 November 2019 – room DC2.233 Campus Solbosch Université Libre de Bruxelles – Avenue Depage

Programm

9:00 – Introduction

9:15-10:45 Panel 1: Solidarity and mobilisation

  • Tanja R. Müller (University of Manchester): Remaking citizenship? German Business sector engagement and refugee integration
  • Maria Sobolewska (University of Manchester): The BAME vote in the Brexit Referendum
  • Elsa Mescoli (CEDEM): Between invisibility and visibility. Speaking out through art by undocumented migrants in Liege (Belgium)

10:45-11:00 – coffee break

11:00-12:30 Panel 2: The access to rights in Europe

  • Daniela Vintila and Jean-Michel Lefleur (CEDEM): Migration and social protection in Europe Angeliki Konstantinidou (CEDEM): The external dimension of social protection: EU nationals’ access to social protection in third countries
  • Bridget Byrne (University of Manchester): School choice among minority and migrant parents in Manchester

12:30-14:00 – lunch

14:00-16:00 Panel 3: Migration controls and their implementation

  • Andrew Crosby (GERME): Immigration detention and the autonomy of immigration policy in Belgium
  • Morgane Giladi (GERME): The management of the urgent health assistance by the Public Welfare Centre of Brussels
  • Léa Lemaire (Université du Luxembourg/GERME): A market of refugees? Relocation and resettlement from Malta
  • Djordje Sredanovic (University of Manchester/GERME): Variable filters: local bureaucracies in citizenship and nationality procedures in the UK and Belgium

16:00-16:15 – coffee break

16:15-17:45 Panel 4: Refugees, settlement and mobility

  • Madeline Abbas (University of Manchester): The conflation of ‘Muslim refugee’ and ‘terror suspect’
  • Hannah Haycox (University of Manchester): Resettlement Policy and Practice: The lived experiences of Syrian refugee families in the UK
  • Antoine Roblain (GERME): To leave or to stay in Belgium: The role of the social network in the intentions of mobility among migrants wishing to move to England.

17:45-18:15 – Presentation of Federica Infantino’s book: Schengen Visa Implementation and Transnational Policy-Making. Bordering Europe

Organisation and scientific committee

  • Djordje Sredanovic,
  • Federica Infantino,
  • Dirk Jacobs,
  • Daniela Vintila,
  • Andrea Rea,
  • Jean-Michel Lafleur.

Places

  • Campus du Solbosch - Room DC2.223, Batiment D - Université libre de Bruxelles, avenue Depage 30
    Brussels, Belgium (1000)

Date(s)

  • Friday, November 29, 2019

Keywords

  • migration, migrants, rights, obstacles, policies, refugees, mobilisation, tactics, solidarity

Contact(s)

  • Djordje Sredanovic
    courriel : djordje [dot] sredanovic [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

Information source

  • Djordje Sredanovic
    courriel : djordje [dot] sredanovic [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

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« New obstacles to migration, new tactics among migrants », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, November 15, 2019, https://calenda.org/701395

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