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.

The conference The Anxieties of Migration and Integration welcomes papers which trace the impacts, mechanisms and interconnections between anxieties related to migration as well as integration. Papers can be focused either on the perspective of migrants or non-migrants, sending or receiving contexts, states or societies, or a combination of these.

Contributions are welcomed from a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to anthropology, geography, political science, psychology, public policy and sociology as well as from all regions of the world. The discussion on the topic will benefit from empirical as well as theoretical approaches, both qualitative and quantitative accounts.

Please upload your abstract of 200-300 words here by 30 July, 2020. The accepted presenters will be notified in August and the conference programme will be finalised in October.

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

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.