An academic conference titled "Migration in a Turbulent World" started today at the DI and will continue until November 28. The conference is co-organized with Social and Economic Survey and Research Institute (SESRI) and has attracted over 70 international scholars specializing in issues related to human migration.
Commenting on the importance of the conference, Dr. Nabil Khattab, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology said: "This is primarily an academic meeting that will study carious aspects of human migration and in particular: immigration of high-skilled labor, as well as, immigration from war-torn areas such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan." He added that, "the objective of the conference is to gather experts in various fields, to attempt to understand migration patterns and how it relates to national policies of both recipient and source countries of migrants."
The opening plenary session started with Dr. Adrian Favell (University of Leeds, UK) who emphasized the importance of the positive impact migrants bring to recipient countries through providing skilled labor to the economy. He also analyzed some of the perceptions regarding migrants in recipient countries and they have been used by populist politicians.
Also, Dr. Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK) presented on multiculturalism and how it relates to the new waves of migrants. He demonstrated how the UK used multiculturalism as a tool to receive immigrants and help them assimilate into British society. He also analyzed the challenges facing recipient countries, in light of the increasing anti-immigrant discourse and islamophobia I in many European societies.
The conference includes 17 sessions that will discuss research papers about migration. Among the topics discussed:
The Changing Determinants of Attitudes Toward Immigration in Different Contexts
Highly Skilled Migrants I – Incorporation and Interaction
National Immigration Policies and Consequences
Belonging, National Identity, and the New Multiculturalism
Forced Migration I – Determinants of Mobility
Risks and Challenges Among Immigrants in an Augmented Labor Market
Labour Market Integration and Social Cohesion in Local and National Contexts
Migration and Transnationalism