Call for Abstracts: "Ethical dilemmas in migration and citizenship policies: Characteristics, variations, causes and responses"

Deadline: 31 January 2024.
  • Joint Sessions of Workshops, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; 17-21 June 2024

This workshop analyses ethical dilemmas in policymaking on international migration and citizenship. We define a hard ethical policy dilemma as involving a conflict between morally worthy goals that need to be addressed but cannot be fully resolved through policy responses. We invite papers from social scientists, political theorists, legal scholars, and historians to identify and analyse the characteristics, variations, and causes of migration and citizenship policy dilemmas, and to explore possible responses.

The workshop is situated in the context of the project The Ethics of Migration Policy Dilemmas (short: ‘Dilemmas’), which aims to adopt a bottom-up approach in identifying specific policy dilemmas of central relevance to policymakers and other stakeholders in the field. ‘Dilemmas’ seeks to enter dialogue with policymakers and stakeholders, striving to learn more about the normative challenges they are presented with, and endeavouring to supply theoretically and empirically grounded arguments by scholars of different specialisations to help navigate such challenges. We hope to establish a feedback loop between academic analysis and political practice to improve each through the other. Ultimately, we aim to overcome polarisation in academic and policy debates on migration resulting from actors’ commitment to a particular partisan stance without considering conflicting goals and values.

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