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Migration Working Group

Call for Papers - 2018-2019 Programme

The European University Institute’s Migration Working Group organises small thematic half-day workshops taking place once a month. Each workshop includes 5-6 paper presentations and significant time for discussion of the papers. You are invited to submit paper abstracts (max 500 words) by 16 September 2018. Please include your contact details affiliation and biographical note.

Please submit the paper abstracts by filling in the following form: http://rscas.eu/view-form/migration-working-group-call-for-papers/

Topics to be tackled in these thematic workshops include (the list is indicative and not exhaustive):

  • European Migration and Asylum Policy and Politics
  • Global Migration Governance: Challenges and Responses
  • Managing Cultural/Religious Diversity in and outside Europe
  • Radicalisation and International Terrorism
  • The Economics of Migration
  • Migration and Gender

The exact focus of each thematic session will be defined on the basis of the paper proposals received and those eventually selected for presentation. The aim is to tackle important broad areas in the study of migrant integration/ethnic minorities and migration/asylum management and give especially young scholars and PhD Students the opportunity to present their cutting edge research. Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome. High quality papers presented at the MWG are then invited for publication as Working Papers in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/Global Governance Programme series.

Participants coming from outside the EUI receive a small contribution towards covering their travel expenses.


Migration, Transnational Production Systems and Rural Development

Migration Working Group

25 September 2018

14:00-17:00 - VS, Sala Triaria, EUI

This inaugural workshop of the EUI Migration Working Group develops at the interfaces between rural development, sociology and migration studies.

Taking a critical look at the policy framework and ongoing practices informing international trade, agriculture and rural development, labour market and migration at national and European levels, the papers presented in this workshop offer insights on the dynamics and implications of migration in rural areas. Migrants become functional to sustain rural production systems, and come to play a critical role in maintaining and reproducing local practices and traditions, up to contributing to EU agro-industry and landscapes. Questions are raised on the sustainability of such processes and the need for proper governance, and specific concerns are raised on the unfair socio-economic mechanisms and exploitative practices that re-emerge in newly articulated forms. Overall, the session would like to establish a bridge amongst different disciplines along the mobility / migration interface, and the related implications in terms of resilience and governance.


Mobility and migrations: reproducing Mediterranean agro-pastoralism

Michele NORI, European University Institute

Immigration in difficult rural territories: data, practices and reflections from Italy's Inner Areas National Strategy

Daniela Luisi, Srategia Nazionale per le Aree Interne (SNAI)

Coffee Break

Migrant Exploitation in Italian Agriculture: Agri-food Chains, Local Production Systems and Vulnerable Populations

Alessandra Corrado, University of Calabria

Drivers, patterns and impact of rural youth migration in Tunisia: Results of the RUMIT project

Carolina Zuccotti, European University Institute

For further information and registration to the MWG mailing list, please send an email to mwg@eui.eu.

Subscribers to the MWG email list also receive the Migration Working Group Newsletter which includes information about job opportunities, conferences, projects and other relevant news in the field of migration studies.



Andrew Geddes

Anna Triandafyllidou


Villa Schifanoia


Last Tuesday of each month, from 14:00 till 17:30 hours. Coffee/tea break offered at 15:30

  • 25 September
  • 16 October
  • 27 November
  • 29 January
  • 26 February
  • 26 March
  • 30 April
  • 28 May


Valentina Bettin
Email  valentina.bettin@eui.eu
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 807 


Former directors:

Rainer Bauböck (2008-2012)
Jean-Pierre Cassarino (2006-2008) 
Virginie Guiraudon (2005-2006)
Philippe Fargues (2004-2005)
Franck Düvell (2002-2004) 

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