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CALL FOR PAPERS - DUE 30th March 2019 - Unpacking the Challenges and Possibilities for Migration Governance

When Oct 17, 2019 09:00 AM to
Oct 19, 2019 05:00 PM
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Conference at the University of Cambridge

Mass migration entails multifaceted economic, political, social, and legal challenges and brings together a diversity of actors (e.g. state institutions, international and transnational organizations, non-governmental organisations, host communities and migrants) with unequal power and divergent priorities and interests.

Much of the debate on migration is centred around the notion of ‘crisis’ and around its most visible impacts on the polarization of politics in especially Western countries. Migration as an overall topic has increasingly played a significant role in shaping the present and future of societies and nation states. In the EU, the crisis has foregrounded the vulnerability of European borders, the tenuous jurisdiction of the Schengen system and broad problems with multi-level governance of migration and integration across Member States. In many cases, relatively formal and coherent EU policy like the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) could not be applied in Member States. Instead, state measures and practices appeared to be highly focused on how to strengthen and ‘secure’ borders and prevent entrances, which paradoxically made migrants, particularly forced migrants, more at risk of violence and exploitation and increased the dichotomy between state security and human security.

This conference is part of a Horizon 2020 project, RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond, which aims to study the governance of recent mass migration and its implications for the EU, its Member States and third countries at macro (transnational, national), meso (subnational/local) and micro-levels (refugees/migrants). The conference focuses on the five thematic fields RESPOND is studying: (1) Border management and security, (2) Refugee protection regimes, (3) Reception policies, (4) Integration policies, and (5) Conflicting Europeanization and externalisation. These themes are chosen because of their centrality for understanding migration policies, impacts and responses.

Call For Papers and Format

Name, Institution/affiliation, short-biography and contact details must be submitted along with an abstract (max 300 words) in the form below. All abstracts should be submitted online by 30 March 2019. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their submission. The format will involve sending the conference paper (2000-3000 words) to the other panelists four weeks ahead of the conference (September 15, 2019). Participants will be asked to prepare a presentation of 15 minutes to leave ample time for discussion. After the conference, participants will be invited to submit developed and revised papers for a special issue in a leading journal and/or an edited volume of a leading publisher. More information about this will be shared prior to the conference.

For further information, please contact either Dr. Naures Atto () or Dr. Susan Rottmann ().

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