• plenary 1. Forced Migration, Tensions and Conflict in the mediterranean

      The geography of the Mediterranean has produced a long history of migration throughout the region, migration associated with trade, warfare, and the establishment of empires. This same geography continues to affect today’s migration flows, in particular those leaving as a result of tensions and outright conflict brought about by the Arab Spring and by the flows of people from Sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe. Much attention has been given to the Italian island of Lampedusa whose proximity to the northern shores of Africa has made it a favoured destination since the early 2000s for irregular migration by boats, an unfortunate number of which have capsized killing hundreds of migrants over the past few years. The humanitarian crises stemming from conflicts in the region, especially in Syria, have overwhelmed the international community and governments in the neighbouring states. This panel will try to come to terms with the dynamic and often dangerous migration in this part of the world.

      • Sandra Sarti (Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister, Italian Ministry of the Interior)
      • Philippe Fargues (Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute) – Abstract – Presentation
      • Volker Turk (UNHCR) – Abstract
      • Laura Corrado (DG Home Affairs, European Commission)
  • plenary 2. Undocumented migrants: to serve or not to serve?

    This panel will consider the challenges that irregular migrants pose for cities and national governments regarding their service needs, and the tension between meeting those needs and enforcing immigration controls. One can find fascinating examples across a range of services, from health, education, and protecting victims of crime, where the imperative to provide the service trumps the imperatives of immigration control, and in the process creating tensions between city administrations that want to provide the service and are unwilling to pass on the personal details of these service users to national immigration authorities. Inspired by the Sanctuary Cities movement, many cities are now making public services available to irregular migrants to protect their human rights in outright defiance of national law or at least its spirit. Panelists will help us to understand the impact of the Sanctuary City movement on irregular migrants, the effects on municipal authorities who may be acting in defiance of national law, and the sustainability and ultimate effectiveness of this approach to the presence of irregular migrants in our societies.

    • Howard Duncan (Executive Head, Metropolis Project)
    • Sarah Spencer (COMPAS, Oxford University)
    • Maurizio Ambrosini (Ismu Foundation – University of Milan) – Abstract – Presentation
    • Eva Millona (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition).  – Abstract 
  • workshops

    1st Session: 2.00 pm – 03.30 pm

    1) Migration, Integration and Diversity Politics in European Cities in Times of  Crisis, organized by Sarah Hackett and Maria Schiller
    2) Gender, Migration and Identity: Between Homeland and Host Societies, organized by Lilach Lev Ari and Karin Amit
    3) Gender and Ethnicity: Dilemmas around Violence, Culture and Employment, organized by Sabrina Marchetti
    4) Integration Governance: Evidence from Strategies and Policies, organized by Daniela Carrillo
    5) The Logics of Migration Policies , organized by Katharina Natter
    6) Roma Migration in Europe. Public Engagement, Active Citizenship, and Social Inclusion, organized by Alfredo Alietti, Oana Marcu, Veronica Riniolo
    7) Food, Migration, Identities and Marketplace, organized by Barbara Ghiringhelli
    8) Urban Policies and Community Cohesion as Shared Responsability, organized by Giada Marafon
    9) Systemic Issues in Educating Immigrantsand Refugees: How are Intersections of Diversity Adressed?, organized by Clea Schmidt
    10) EU Member States Engagement in Admission Programs for Syrian Refugees, organized by Katarina Kratzmann
    11) Gender, Racial Minorities and the Labour Market: Cross Perspectives on Integration Strategies, Partnerships and Collaborations, organized by Hélène Cardu and Myrlande Pierre

    2nd Session: 04.00 – 05.30 pm

    1) Migrants, Participation and Citizenship, organized by Apostolos G. Papadopoulos and Emilia Pietka-Nykaza
    2) Migration and Development at the Local Level, organized by Cecile Riallant, Dorea Pfafferott and Kevin Borchers
    3) Impact of Culture and Identity on the Interaction among Local Context and Overseas Chinese Networks, organized by Merchionne Giuseppina
    4) Mainstreaming Integration Governance in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, organized by Peter Scholten
    5) The Boundaries of Citizenship – Naturalization, Integration, Membership, organized by Christian Fernández and Pieter Bevelander
    6) Identity, Belonging and, Intercultural Encounters in the Context of Immigration, organized by Francis Hare
    7) Immigrant Youth at Risk: Towards an Inclusive Policy through Multidisciplinary Practice, organized by Paula Kuusipalo
    8) Transnational Migration: Processes, Effects, and Impacts to Families and Communities between Homeland and Abroad, organized by Lawrence Pedregosa
    9) Invented European Neighbourhood(s), organized by Philippe Fargues and Agnieszka Weinar
    10) Diaspora Relations: Cultivating New Forms of Citizenship, organized by Indianna D. Minto-Coy

    Double Session Workshops: 02.00 pm – 05.30 pm (With a 30-Minute Break from 03.30 pm to 04.00 pm)

    1) Immigration from the Perspective of Reception Societies: Mechanisms of Cooperation and Social Attitudes, organized by Marco Caselli, Ángeles Sotés and Caridad Velarde
    2) Inclusive Labour Market Integration of Migrants? Comparative Perspectives from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, organized by Hildegard Logan and Roxana Paz
    3) Selecting for Success: Recent Policy Changes in Skilled Immigrant Selection in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, organized by Timothy Owen
    4) Unaccompanied Children: Challenges, Policies and Practices, organized by Stefania Congia and G. Giulio Valtolina
    5) Bilateral Migration Agreements – Panacea for Migration Governance?, organized by Jenna Hennebry
    6) How to Handle Migration Issues in the Media: a Challenge that Reaches everyCountry, organized by Ágnes Töttõs
    7) Management of Mixed Migratory Flows arriving by Sea to the Italian Coast, organized by Simona Moscarelli

    • plenary 7. Development Through Migration

      The relationship between migration and development has emerged as the principal means through which the international community has engaged in discussions of migration. Once a topic avoided in multilateral fora, migration is now pushing closer towards the top of the agenda. Although there is now widespread agreement that migration does enhance development and contribute to the reduction of poverty, consensus remains elusive on how, if at all, it should be managed to this end. The panel will reflect on the recent progress that has been made in the international community, the United Nations General Assembly, and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which will have most recently convened in Stockholm. Our speakers will recommend directions that discussions about migration and development can take as preparations are made for the next meeting of the GFMD in Istanbul in 2015.

      • Imelda Nicolas (Commission on Filipinos Overseas)
    • plenary 8. Migration in the Media: a Tangled love affair?

      Governments and businesses that understand the need to bring immigrants into their societies to support the labour force, to supply skills that the domestic population cannot, or to meet humanitarian obligations can be thwarted in their ambitions by negative public opinion. Often it is the news media that drives negative public perceptions of immigration, immigrants, and refugees, in some cases even where there is no substantiating evidence for negative portrayals. The role and responsibility of the media in reporting on migration affairs has been discussed often, including at Metropolis conferences. This session will bring the discussion up-to-date by looking at not only traditional print and broadcast journalism but at the role of social media either in fomenting unsubstantiated negative views of migration and migrants or in correcting erroneous views that, when widely held, can stand in the way of legitimate and beneficial government action.

      • tbc
      • Rob McNeil (Migration Observatory, COMPAS, Oxford University) – Abstract –  Presentation
      • Kaarina Nikunen (School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere) –  Abstract – Presentation
      • Paolo Lambruschi (Avvenire)
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