Series on Human Mobility
NYU Remarque Institute
Friday | March 11th | 9am-1pm EST / 3pm-7pm CEST
Zoom Webinar registration link: https://nyu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kONWr-FVStmc94LN9cQv4g
The phenomenon of migration is currently facing a triple watershed moment, at a global, European, and national level, in consideration of the discussion and implementation, respectively, of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the New Pact on Migration and Asylum proposed by the European Commission, and the immigration decree 21 Ottobre 2020, n. 130 recently adopted by the Italian government, which had an immediate impact on sea rescue operations.
A broad range of factors will affect the characteristics and scale of migration in the future. The decisions we make in the face of today's unparalleled challenge to global mobility and people on the move will affect the global social and economic landscape for years to come. The benefits of international migration are evidenced and substantiated by a plethora of research and recognized by states on both sides of the migration coin. Yet, discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes continue to plague our societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has, on the one hand, evidenced the critical needs of migrants to ensure a global supply chain of essential goods and services, however, it has also “amplified anti-foreigner narratives, racial and ethnic stereotyping, and biases that evoke fear, bigotry, exclusion, and violence.”
The “Human Mobility Series” was jointly launched in May 2021 by Studio Europa Maastricht and Agora Europe, and co-sponsored by the United Nations Network on Migration, Columbia University Committee on Forced Migration, Alliance Program, and Maison Française, Sciences Po CERI, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, UNIMED-Mediterranean Universities Union, Amref Health Africa – Italia and United Nations University UNU-MERIT.
The events planned to take place in New York at New York University Remarque Institute and Columbia University Maison Française in Spring 2022 will rely and build upon the notions and practices shared during the first Transatlantic Roundtable on Human Mobility, preceded by the closed workshop “Establishing Cooperation towards Dignified Migrations”, as well as on the project “EU-MED” (“Engaging citizens in Understanding Migration through cross-border Exchange and intercultural Dialogue: Towards dignified EUro-MEDiterranean narratives on migration”), that was recently funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Commission.
Our discussion will focus on narratives and counternarratives of discrimination and xenophobia in relation to migration, sea rescue, processes of externalization of borders, and the COVID-19 pandemic, within the broader frame of the implementation of the GCM and the New EU Pact and will contribute to overcoming the emergency approach. The event will tackle different topics, in relation to migration; the concept of borders, sea rescue and saving lives, discrimination, xenophobia and counternarratives, with a particular focus on COVID-19, while taking into consideration the GCM and the New EU Pact. Scholars and practitioner will be invited to share experiences and good practices, lessons learned, and recommendations for governments, CSO, and the private sector as well as academia largely on the above topics, in turn furthering cooperation towards the development of common approaches to dignified migration, addressing discrimination and social justice in the migration field.
The discussion will be divided into two sessions:
· Saving lives, protecting migrants, and advocacy for humane cross-border mobility.
· Enhancing cooperation on evidence-based migration policymaking and public debate.
Étienne Balibar NANTERRE/ IRVINE
Naor Ben-Yehoyada COLUMBIA
Brando Benifei MEP
Valentina Brinis OPEN ARMS
Claude Calame EHESS
Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia RUTGERS/SCIENCES PO
Andrea Costa BAOBAB EXPERIENCE
Caterina Di Fazio NYU REMARQUE
Stefanos Geroulanos NYU REMARQUE
Maria Giannacopoulos FLINDERS
Ayten Gundogdu COLUMBIA BARNARD
Susanne Heim NYU REMARQUE
Virginie Lefevre AMEL
Monami Maulik UN NETWORK ON MIGRATION
Carlos Montemayor SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Kian Tajbakhsh COLUMBIA
Dolores Morondo Taramundi DEUSTO UNIVERSITY