GS08 Migration: Borders, Citizens, Marginalized Others

Session Chairs
Dr. Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Migration is a structural feature of the international economy and a key component of contemporary globalization. International migration— whether voluntary or forced, wanted or unwanted, temporary or permanent, brain drain or brain gain— is reshaping the terrain of politics in the twenty-first century. What are the policy trends concerning entry and selection and what are the consequences for sending, transit and receiving states? How are newcomers treated and what approaches are taken in relation to settlement, settlement services, integration, citizenship rights and naturalization? How is migration presented in popular, media and partisan discourses, and how do immigrants and refugees express their agency and experiences? What implications does migration carry for identity and belonging, as well as expressions of racism and anti-racism? How are states navigating international obligations (especially regarding refugee flows) in light of understandings of national security and human security? What are the human rights as well as ethical considerations relating to borders, surveillance and migration management/control in a world characterized by profound inequities? Individual paper and panel proposals are welcome covering all topics relating to the manifold causes, effects and consequences of contemporary migration as well as the evolving responses to migration by international organizations, regions, states, cities as well as non-governmental organizations, parties and publics. In light of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and contemporary movements for decolonization and land, what efforts have or can be made to foster dialogue between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in settler-colonial contexts, and how should the relationships between Indigeneity, migration and borders be theorized?