W102
Migration and Europe

Convenors:
Sandra Lopez-Rocha (Bristol University)
Katharine Charsley (University of Bristol)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Chem LT3
Start time:
20 September, 2006 at 15:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This workshop will address migrants' mobility (intentional or imposed) to and within Europe and her dependencies, taking into account the experiences of the migrant population in terms of cultural adaptation, assimilation, political change and related processes, development of self-identification, identity maintenance, community formation, as well as the role of social networks and communications technology.

Long abstract:

Migration as a phenomenon is studied from various points of view: from the country of origin to the new host society, and from the perspective of forced migration (e.g., exiles, refugees, asylum seekers) or voluntary migration (e.g., students, scholars, workers, reunited families). Relevant here are issues such as the study of migration to and within Europe (and present and former dependencies) with particular reference to: a) the experience of immigrants and their concerns for the maintenance of identity and traditions, the development of a self/new identity and the feeling of belonging, while incorporating the aspects of cultural inclusion/exclusion; b) the strategies used by migrants to develop and establish social networks within a community, whether physical or virtual, and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT); c) the process of intercultural adaptation, incorporation, assimilation, and/or integration (political and cultural) into the host country; d) the societal effects of temporary or permanent migration on a number of aspects: education, migrant labour, voluntary work, tourism, and artistic expression; e) the role of political organisations and social institutions, the change and continuity within these bodies, and the role of migration as a phenomenon influencing the transformation of societies into multicultural centres.