2012. június 13., szerda

Immigrants in Europe: Between the Eurozone Crisis and the Arab Spring

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Call for papers
Immigrants in Europe: Between the Eurozone Crisis and the Arab Spring

London, 9 November 2012

Joint event of the PSA specialist groups for German Politics, Comparative European Politics, Greek Politics and Italian Politics


Patricia Hogwood, University of Westminster
Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt, London School of Economics

The parameters of Europe's immigration concerns have shifted considerably in the last few years. The Eurozone crisis and threat of deepening recession are likely to impact on Europe's competitiveness in the global market in well-qualified, professional transnational migrants. At the other end of the migration spectrum, the balance of payments crisis in the EU's more vulnerable economies may promote mass internal migration to the EU's northern and western member states as marginalised workers search for greater economic security.

The ongoing upheavals in the wake of the Arab Spring promise to add to the migration pressures affecting EU member states. To date, migration inflows to Europe from countries of North Africa and the Middle East have been more modest than originally anticipated and have largely been confined to Italy and Malta. However, this crisis has exposed tensions between member states over the handling of mass migration movements and over immigration policy more generally.

These dramatic developments represent a fundamental challenge to prevailing assumptions about the causes, patterns and impacts of migration movements into and within Europe. This challenge goes beyond the politics of migration to address wider issues of interest to political scientists, including the ethics and practice of citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and human and social rights. This one-day conference considers the implications of these new challenges both for immigrants entering and resident in the EU's member states and for political and social relations within those states.

Abstracts for papers (150-300 words) are invited in the following areas:

1) Security aspects of immigration into the EU

§ Policy linkages and conflicts (e.g. the compatibility of EU immigration concerns with security policy, neighbourhood policy, democracy promotion, international trade, etc)
§ The reform and enlargement of the Schengen system

2) Institutions and politics

§ The multilevel politics of European immigration
§ The institutionalisation of EU immigration policies

3) Integration, identity and discourse

§ Asylum and humanitarian aid for migrants in the context of the European recession
§ Policies for migrant integration into EU member state host societies
§ Discourses of migration

Please submit your abstract to:
Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt k.sarmiento-mirwaldt[kukac]lse.ac.uk
Patricia Hogwood P.Hogwood[kukac]westminster.ac.uk
by the deadline of 22 June 2012.

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