2021/11/16 Sussex Conference “New Dynamics of East–West Migration and Migrant Integration Within Europe and Beyond”

9:00 – 10:00
Keynote Lecture
Daniela Sime
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Chair: Laura Morosanu, University of Sussex
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30
Panels: 3 and 4 in Parallel
Panel 3: Migration governance in the time of Covid-19: case studies of ‘crisis’ management in South-East Europe (location: Terrace Room)
Dragana Stoeckel
University of Belgrade, Serbia
Aneta Piekut
University of Sheffield

This panel aims to contribute to understandings of how migration governance is being shaped by a ‘crisis’ discourse. We take the Covid-19 pandemic as the latest ‘crisis’ in a series of crises unfolding over the course of 30+ years: commencing with the collapse of the Soviet Union, followed by the Yugoslav Wars of Succession, global financial and subsequent Eurozone crisis, and the recent ‘migrant’ crisis.  The papers comprising this panel respond to a deficit in scholarship that focuses on how multiple crises have shaped migration governance within South-East Europe (SEE). This region is an important point of focus due to its geopolitical significance, especially since the ‘migrant crisis’ of 2015-16, which transformed its positioning in relation to European migration governance. Dynamic migration patterns have made SEE countries, to a varying extent, countries of origin, transit and destination. The Western Balkan countries experienced significant change, becoming one of the most populated migration routes into the EU. They constitute simultaneously the border along the EU, and the buffer zone between Greece and Western Europe. Greece, meanwhile, has experienced its own transformation, from a transit to a (temporary) destination front-line state. Significant numbers of migrants, therefore, are currently stranded in the Western Balkans and Greece, and in the time of Covid-19 they have become further subject to logic of ‘crisis’ management. The panel comprehensively examines the “crisis” management through policy, media and behavioural lenses, and as related to different groups of migrants (irregular, regular and returnees). By interrogating intersections between migration, health, security and economic development, the panellists consider the impact of Covid-19 on different aspects of migration governance, such as border control, domestic socio-political parameters that have been steering decision making toward securitization of migration policies toward further “campization” of migrants as well as the patterns of interpretation of migration issues found in the media. Beside the governmental, media and NGO role, the panel will provide insight into the intentions of Covid-19 triggered returnees in regard to permanently settling in their home country and potential solutions to mitigate emigration flows from the region.

Rebecca Murray, Majella Kilkey, Aneta Piekut, Ryan Powell, University of Sheffield

Ioannis Armakolas, Panagiotis Paschalidis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece/Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy2

Alexandra Prodromidou, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield-CITY College, University of York, Europe Campus and Faye Ververid, South-East European Research Centre (SEERC)

Dragana Stoeckel, University of Belgrade, Nermin Oruc, Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Natalija Perišić, University of Belgrade

Danica Santic, Milica Todorovic, Dejan Pavolic, University of Belgrade

Panel 4: Mobility as strategy towards LifeLongLearning: how education drives decisions along the migratory trajectory ((location: Meeting Room Comb)
Roberta Ricucci
University of Turin

Georgiana Udrea, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Tanja Schroot, University of Turin

Roberta Ricucci, University of Turin

Dolly Eliyahu-Levi, and Michal Ganz-Meishar, Levinsky College of Education

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00
Parallel Sessions: 5 and 6
Session 5: Return migration and ongoing mobility (location: Terrace Room)
Russell King
University of Sussex, UK

Anghel Remus Gabriel, Romanian Institute for Research in National Minorities

Laura Morosanu, University of Sussex; Alin Croitoru, Lucian Blaga University; Monica Serban, ICCV

Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo; Davide Bertelli, VID – Specialized University; Anatolie Coșciug, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu; Angelina Kussy, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Gabriella Mikiewicz, University of Oldenburg; Corina Tulbure, Babeș Bolyai University; Kacper Szulecki, University of Oslo

Session 6: Return migration and resettlement (location: Meeting Room Comb)
Leif Kalev
Tallinn University, Estonia

Janine Isabelle Läpple and Judith Möllers, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

Anatolie Coșciug, ULBS/UBB Romania

Polina Manolova, University of Tuebingen


15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30
Parallel Sessions: 7 and 8
Session 7: The politics of migration and integration (location: Terrace Room)
Raivo Vetik
Tallinn University, Estonia

Stefan Manser-Egli, University of Neuchâtel

Christof Roos and Martin Seeliger, Europa-Universität Flensburg

Leif Kalev, Tallinn University

Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Queen Mary University of London

Session 8: Migration, work, and gender (location: Meeting Room Comb)
Laura Morosanu
University of Sussex, UK

Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University; Ezgi Tuncer, Kadir Has University

Kseniya Homel, University of Warsaw

Kamil Matuszczyk, University of Warsaw

Bresena Kopliku and Elvisa Drishti, University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”, Albania

17:30 - 17:45
Concluding remarks by Russell King & others
Russell King
University of Sussex, UK