272 Europe and Migration: Sustainability and/of Crisis

Friday, July 14, 2017: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
WMB - Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2 (University of Glasgow)
It has been more than half a century since the last and contemporary wave of migration to Europe has arrived and the “migration-refuge problem” has lent itself as one of the most critical issues for policy making and political debate. What has started as a taken-for-granted “manageable” worker exchange in the sixties, has exuberated with refugee flows of the eighties, turned into an elusive “integration problem,” and finally reached its apex as “crisis” with the latest inundation of borders with people arriving en masse from all directions and revealing how unapt the states of Europe. In the meantime, academic and political debate have moved from speaking of workers and labor to detailing formations of culture and identity, and finally regressively leveling culture as religion, Islam to be exact, with a brief interlude of locating transnational movements. This panel not only aims to focus on the failures and incongruities of policy and politics of migration and the recent specious displays of “crisis,” but also the analytical legacies of studying migration. How have the increasing mobility of peoples challenge the requisite modalities of accommodating being refuges and citizens? Have our analytic categories and frames enabled (or encumbered) formulating policy and affecting public discourse? Where does the response lie to the challenge of the current crisis? We present ethnographically informed papers interrogating the pressing “crisis” of migration, as well as the sustainability of the crisis, by visiting conventional (marriage and entrepreneurship) and contemporary (refugee camps and healthcare) matters of immigration.
Saime Ozcurumez
Discussant :
Levent Soysal
Sustainability through Ethnic Entrepreneurship
Rıza Baris Ulker, Central European University
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