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Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries

Dates:
  • Wed 08 Jul 2015 09.00 - 18.00
  • Thu 09 Jul 2015 09.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2015-07-08 9:00 2015-07-09 18:00 Europe/Paris Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries

Irregular migration governance takes place in a "moving sand" environment. Geopolitical and economic challenges in Asia and Africa are multiplying and population flows are inextricably mixed with both irregular economic migrants, people fleeing war and violence, unaccompanied minors, and other vulnerable persons.New actors are emerging: international organisations, transnational civil society and private actor networks, smuggling and other criminal organisations, along with state authorities. Policy makers and experts strive to integrate into their analysis and implementation this dynamic context, often neglecting however the crucial nodal point of irregular migration management, notably the migrant her/himself and her family/household unit. They often assume that migrants have full information of policy changes and act as rational actors. This is highly unlikely but it is true that we need a better understanding of how potential and actual irregular migrants get their information, plan their migration journey, make decisions to stay or move, or indeed return. The IRMA project (Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries) seeks to fill this knowledge gap through an in-depth analysis of the interaction between states, other actors and irregular migrants during the “journey” of this last from departure, to arrival,settlement, further migration or return (whether forced or voluntary). The project concentrates on the case of Greece, as a forefront country under irregular migration pressures for the past 25 years and includes three irregular migration systems (EU-Balkans, case study on Albania; EU-Eastern Europe, case studies on Georgia and Ukraine; and EU-Asia, case studies on Afghanistan and Pakistan). This conference marks the completion of the IRMA project and aims to present its findings on Greece as well as place the Greek case study in its international governance and policy context. The conference asks three questions:
(a) how migrants make and change their plans and strategies for migrating despite legal restrictions at destination countries,
(b) which are the actors (national, local or transnational, state or non-state) that affect their decision making and actions, and how do they do it;
(d) why specific actors are more effective than state policies in shaping migrants plans and decisions.
The conference adopts a comparative and analytical perspective approaching these questions not only through comparing the three irregular migration systems on which the IRMA project has concentrated, but also on drawing comparisons with main destination countries outside Europe (notably Australia and the USA), and with discussing critically how irregular migration is changing in the 21st century and what are the new governance and policy challenges that this entails.
The Conference will take place in Athens.

Non-EUI premises DD/MM/YYYY

Irregular migration governance takes place in a "moving sand" environment. Geopolitical and economic challenges in Asia and Africa are multiplying and population flows are inextricably mixed with both irregular economic migrants, people fleeing war and violence, unaccompanied minors, and other vulnerable persons.New actors are emerging: international organisations, transnational civil society and private actor networks, smuggling and other criminal organisations, along with state authorities. Policy makers and experts strive to integrate into their analysis and implementation this dynamic context, often neglecting however the crucial nodal point of irregular migration management, notably the migrant her/himself and her family/household unit. They often assume that migrants have full information of policy changes and act as rational actors. This is highly unlikely but it is true that we need a better understanding of how potential and actual irregular migrants get their information, plan their migration journey, make decisions to stay or move, or indeed return. The IRMA project (Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries) seeks to fill this knowledge gap through an in-depth analysis of the interaction between states, other actors and irregular migrants during the “journey” of this last from departure, to arrival,settlement, further migration or return (whether forced or voluntary). The project concentrates on the case of Greece, as a forefront country under irregular migration pressures for the past 25 years and includes three irregular migration systems (EU-Balkans, case study on Albania; EU-Eastern Europe, case studies on Georgia and Ukraine; and EU-Asia, case studies on Afghanistan and Pakistan). This conference marks the completion of the IRMA project and aims to present its findings on Greece as well as place the Greek case study in its international governance and policy context. The conference asks three questions:
(a) how migrants make and change their plans and strategies for migrating despite legal restrictions at destination countries,
(b) which are the actors (national, local or transnational, state or non-state) that affect their decision making and actions, and how do they do it;
(d) why specific actors are more effective than state policies in shaping migrants plans and decisions.
The conference adopts a comparative and analytical perspective approaching these questions not only through comparing the three irregular migration systems on which the IRMA project has concentrated, but also on drawing comparisons with main destination countries outside Europe (notably Australia and the USA), and with discussing critically how irregular migration is changing in the 21st century and what are the new governance and policy challenges that this entails.
The Conference will take place in Athens.


Location:
Non-EUI premises

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Conference

Contact:
Ms. Valentina Bettin (EUI) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Attachment:
Programme

Links:
Irma Project
Case Studies
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