The European migration crisis, the political destabilization in many countries, demographic anxieties, environmental deterioration, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic – these and many other developments culminating in the past semi-decade have all contributed to the emergence of new and escalation of existing migration-related anxieties.

These anxieties – both as causes and consequences of migration – can be witnessed among migrants, sending and receiving societies alike. In receiving countries, the perceptions of voluminous immigration and various immigration-related conspiracy theories have fundamentally transformed the political landscape and brought new topics into focus in migration governance. In sending countries, meanwhile, anxieties over the impacts of emigration and demographic decline have risen into focus. For migrants, the situation often involves double stress, partly in response to the external triggers (e.g. COVID-19 crisis, political instability, deteriorating livelihoods) and partly as response to attitudes toward migration in sending or receiving countries.

Due to the travel and public event restrictions, the conference will be held online. The conference is free of charge for accepted participants.

Recordings of stage events

The conference is organized by the School of Governance, Law and Society at Tallinn University in cooperation with the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), University of Roskilde and Tampere University, in the framework of the EU-WIDENING project Twinning for excellence in migration and integration research and networking (MIRNet), funded by H2020.