Konferenz 'Implications of the Eurozone crisis for perceptions, politics and policies of migration'

29.11.2012 - 10:00
30.11.2012 - 15:00


Veranstaltungsort: St. Gertrud (http://www.sanktgertrud.se/konferens/), Malmö, Schweden


  • Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Europäische Geschichte und Öffentlichkeit, Wien
  • Malmö University: Department of Global Political Studies (GPS) and
    Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö


The acute and seemingly perennial Eurozone crisis has been front-page news for more than a year now, and shows no sign of receding anytime soon. The current crisis raises several questions of how it should be viewed in relation to previous crises and whether or not it signifies a decline of Europe vis-à-vis other regions in the world. This conference grapples with these questions within one specific field, namely the perceptions, politics and policies of migration.
In this context, questions for the conference are: Who is blamed for today’s negative developments in Europe? Are they attributed to minority groups, to migrants, to politicians in charge, to the EU as such, to individual EU countries or to all of the above? The perspective ushers in arguments about scapegoating, conspiracy theories and political myth-making, but also political strategies of attaining legitimacy, agenda power and the dynamics of mainstream politics. What political strategies are devised to meet popular perceptions of a relative decline? What are the popular responses; do new social movements arise or is increased passivity the most common response? What successes do populist-party strategies obtain in this setting?
However, in dealing with these questions it is important not to lose sight of the historical reference points and make comparisons to other periods in the past of Europe. Among the topics that will be highlighted in this regard are the historically shifting perceptions of migration in Europe, for instance on immigration between European countries from late 19th to mid-20th century, as compared to today’s EU regime of internal movement, labour migration and refugee immigration.


Thursday, 29 November

10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-10:45 Introduction by the organizing committee
10:45-11:00 Welcome by Stefan Bengtsson, Vice-chancellor
of Malmö University (TBC)
11:00-11:45 Keynote by Prof. John Solomos (City University, London)
11:45-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Paper session 1
15:00-15:30 Coffee
15:30-17:30 Paper session 2

  Friday, 30 November

09:00-09:45 Keynote by Prof. Umut Özkirimli (Lund University)
09:45-10:00 Coffee
10:00-12:00 Paper session 3
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:40 Paper session 4
14:40-15:00 Concluding remarks
15:00 Coffee


Paper session 1: Crisis and integration - Thursday, 29 November, 13:00-15:00

  • Sarah Scuzzarello (City University, London): Policy actors’ narrative constructions of migrants’ integration in Malmö
  • August Gächter (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Vienna): Change of fortune, change of mind? European views on migration 2002-2010
  • Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel): Social cohesion challenges in Europe

Paper session 2: Crisis and migration policies - Thursday, 29 November, 15:30-17:30

  • Peter Kraus (University of Augsburg): Europeanization, complex diversity and the changing frame of migration politics
  • Christos Nikas (University of Western Macedonia): Recession and return emigration: The case of Greece
  • Peo Hansen (Linköping University): Immigration Without Incorporation? EU Migration Management, the Current Crisis and some Lessons from the Past


Paper session 3: Crisis and attitudes towards migrants - Friday, 30 November, 10:00-12:00

  • Lynda Ng (Oxford University): Economic Power and Cultural Prestige: The changing fortunes of Chinese migrants in Europe
  • Phil Triadafilopoulos (University of Toronto): The Economic Crisis and Anti-Immigrant Politics in Greece: The Rise of the Golden Dawn Party
  • Andrea Bohmann (Umeå University): Articulated antipathies


Paper session 4: Crisis and European self-images - Friday, 30 November, 13:00-14:40

  • Gaia Giuliani (University of Bologna): European self-representation(s) in a time of crisis
  • Lars Jensen (Roskilde University): The Localisation and Interconnectedness of Crises in Postcolonial Europe: Denmark and Portugal