Migration

Thursday 27th April, afternoon (14:00h - 18:00h).

This panel will be split into two parts:

1. Migration, social rights and language barriers

This session will discuss the findings of research carried out under the bEUcitizen project - Work Package 5 and 6,  which focused on economic rights and free movement and on the social rights of EU citizens. Furthermore, it will explore the language barriers in the area of freedom, security and justice.

2. The Insider/Outsider: contemporary bordering practices and European fundamental values

This session will discuss the findings of research carried out under the bEUcitizen project (Work Package 10: ‘Insiders and Outsiders’), which focused on the ways in which citizenship, migration, work and welfare differentially include/exclude both the ‘citizen’ and the ‘migrant’.  

In the context of these findings, in this session we will explore the question: How are current bordering practices compatible with European Fundamental Values?

We take a broad understanding of ‘bordering practices’ as a means of sorting the deserving from the undeserving across a wide range of state policies and contexts, including mobility and migration. By fundamental values we take as a starting point the values stated in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union under the headings of dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens' rights and justice, but we also add human rights and democracy. These values are abstract yet they motivate and justify law, policy and practice. Migration is seen as posing particular problems to these values. Media coverage and some political rhetoric suggest that there is a clash of ‘cultures’ – between those imported from outside Europe that do not value equality between genders/ sexualities/religious groups or freedom of speech etc. and a European tradition. However, while the popular representation is of a migrant/refugee crisis facing Europe, it might be said that rather a European crisis is facing migrants/refugees. This European crisis is ongoing and multifaceted. It is fundamentally about European core values, and is occurring at and between different levels. It exposes multiple crises of solidarity: between citizens and others, between regions/nations and states and at the scale of inter-state solidarity. It suggests that Europe’s vision of itself as a space of human rights and equality is questioned. This tension is not only at the level of rhetoric but is also at the everyday. Charity workers, local authority bureaucrats, campaigners, are often forced to exclude as they focus on the most deserving. Migrants are often one basis on which to restrict access to services. What are the implications of these restrictions for migrants but also for service users more generally? How can these exclusions be justified? Can we move towards a world and a Europe where everyone is included or is border-making simply part of being human? How we answer these theoretical questions can have much broader practical implications.

Schedule:

14.00 – 18.00

Migration

Session 1 - Migration, social rights and language barriers

14.00-14.10 Key findings WP5 and WP6, Elena Ioriatti (Professor, University of Trento)

14.10-14.30 Stratified Social Rights Limiting EU Citizenship, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (Professor, University of Oxford)

14.30-14.50 The implications of Brexit for EU and UK citizens ,Catherine Barnard (Professor, University of Cambridge)

14.50-15.10 Language barriers to the free movement in the EU: what is done and what remains to be done?, Stefaan van der Jeught (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

15.10-15.30 Debate, moderated by Herwig Verschueren (Professor, University of Antwerp)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session  2 – The Insider/Outsider: categorical rivalries?

16.00-16.10 Introduction and WP10 Key findings,  Isabel Shutes (Assistant Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science)

16.10-16.25 WP10 key issues raised: Who, how and on what grounds do ‘we’ exclude? How are current bordering practices compatible with European Fundamental Values?,  Bridget Anderson (Professor, University of Oxford)

16.25-16.55 Panel speakers: Reflections on exclusion

Catherine Woollard (Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Eve Geddie (Deputy Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants)

Nick Clark (former Trades Union Congress, International Development, and Public and Commercial Services Union General Secretary's Office)

17.05-17.30 Facilitated discussion