Program – Keynote Abstracts – Facebook event

International migration and its governance are hot topics among politicians, researchers and the general public throughout Europe. Who should be able to cross the borders of nations states, when, on what grounds? Who should be allowed to stay? There are those who promote ever-stricter border control as a solution to the ‘refugee crisis’ and growing pressures caused by immigration, while others claim that it is exactly the lack of any legal routes to Europe for certain groups of migrants that has created the problem, or at least deepened it. Moreover, the enormous resources invested in border control technologies and practices could be used more fruitfully elsewhere, claim the critics of current policies.

The current modes of governance rely heavily on the distinction between refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. Migrant scholars, however, have argued for a long time that in reality the boundaries between these categories are blurry. The strict border politics also create a group of people, ‘irregular’ or ‘undocumented’ migrants, who fall from established structures of employment and care. The emergence of this group raises another set of questions, both political and ethical.

In this seminar, these questions are addressed from various viewpoints by experts from universities, public administration, NGOs, and the media. The keynote speakers are Prof. Andrew Geddes (Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute) and Prof. Ruben Andersson (International Migration Institute, University of Oxford). In addition to the keynote lectures, the two-day seminar includes a panel discussion and a workshop. The first day of the seminar is open to the public; the second day workshop is for invited guests only. The main organizers are the Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) at the University of Tampere and the Migration Institute of Finland (MIF). The event is free of charge.

The workshop is a part of the project Century of Migrations (2017–2018), funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and coordinated by the MIF. The project's partner organizations are the Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) at the University of Tampere, the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, and ETMU.


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