27-28-29 August 2014
The conference is organised by Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones (IEM) at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain.
The 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference will address the links between migration, social cohesion and social innovation in globalised, transnational spaces. Immigrants in Europe have been seriously affected by the economic downturn. Rising unemployment has caused labour and income insecurity and led to long-term vulnerability, particularly for families of immigrant origin. At the same time, public policies aimed at immigrant integration have undergone adjustment and faced budget constraints, and public debates revolving around their redefinition have questioned their effectiveness, management and scope.
The new and more hostile environment has affected not only publicly provided immigrant-targeted services, but has also impacted those supplied by NGOs (devoted to immigrants or not) which had customarily maintained strong financial and institutional links with the State. Together with the economic crisis, the resulting gap in service provision could increase ethnic segmentation processes, ultimately threatening social cohesion. Within this context, social innovation can emerge as a potential solution to the pressing issues immigrants are confronted with.
Pre-call for papers and panel proposals
The 11th IMISCOE Conference welcomes work and participation from scholars of various disciplines, on all aspects of migration, integration and ethnic studies. Submissions directly related to the conference theme are welcome as well as those on other topics in the broad field of migration studies. Both individual papers and panel proposals can be submitted as of mid-January 2014. The conference is open to IMISCOE network members and non-members alike.