Rethinking Multicultural Theories in the Age of New Migrants and Refugees

Prof. Fumio Iida
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It is commonly believed that there is a growing consensus on the value of multicultural policies among the theorists in contemporary liberal democratic countries in the past decades. However, the situation has been drastically changed in the last couple of years. Whereas we have witnessed the so-called refugee crisis and the reactionary political movements in Europe, North American countries are suffering from the political confusion associated with the increasing number of non-documented migrants. The main aim of this panel is to rethink the contemporary theories of multiculturalism and cultural justice by drawing on recent arguments based on different theoretical traditions or different geographical experiences. Bridging theoretical traditions and cultural backgrounds, the papers in this panel together consider questions such as: How can we best characterize new forms of migrations and refugees? What are the major claims raised by the new migrations and refugees, and what are the major reactions from majorities and minorities within the recipient country to such claims? What are the institutional and policy arrangements necessary to make these new claims? What is the role of the border in this age of mass migrations and refugees?