Workshop: Cities and the global governance of migration. An under-explored link. 17-18 October 2019

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Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca, Migration Policy Centre, Florence
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Tiziana Caponio, Migration Policy Centre, EUI

Moritz Baumgärtel, Utrecht University

Andrea Pettrachin, Migration Policy Centre, EUI


In the last two decades research on various aspects of subnational governments’ policymaking on migration and diversity issues has been expanding and consolidating, leading to a ‘local turn’ in migration scholarship. Case studies and comparative research in Europe and beyond have shed light on how migration policies and laws are not only implemented but also actively produced and shaped in local arenas in which actors with different interests and conceptions of migration-related challenges continuously interact. More recently, a relational and multilevel governance perspective has been emerging: local governments are conceptualised more and more as actors in complex regulatory processes which include a multiplicity of actors at different territorial scales, both public and non public.

In this panorama though, the dimension of the global mobilisation of local governments on migration is still underdeveloped, especially vis-á-vis other policy fields such as environment and climate change. Why and how cities get engaged in policy processes around migration issues beyond the borders of their national principals are still open questions. Yet cities are becoming more and more active on the international and global migration scene, as demonstrated by their participation in the Global Compact of Migration or by the mobilisation of – old and new – transnational city networks on the issue of refugees’ reception.

In this workshop we aim at establishing a dialogue between scholars who, from different disciplinary perspectives and using different theoretical and methodological approaches, are working on the mobilisation of cities in the global governance of migration. We welcome studies that take a city perspective as well as those that focus on the organisations (e.g. City Networks) or venues (e.g. GCM forum) promoting/enabling cities’ international mobilisation on various aspects of migration-related policies (e.g. integration, asylum seekers reception, access to social assistance etc.).

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline: 10 June 2019

To propose a paper, please send an abstract by 1 June 2019, to Abstracts should be max. 500 words long and provide some specification of the paper’s theoretical and methodological approach as well as contribution to the literature.

Envisaged output: The convenors of the workshop work towards a publication to follow from the results of the workshop preferably a peer-reviewed journal. To this end the workshop will be organised following the Korpi’s rules format: 1) papers are circulated and read in advance; 2) at the workshop they are introduced by a discussant (rather than the author); 3) the author is only given limited time to react to the discussant’s presentation so as to leave more room for a general discussion.