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Understanding Migration in the 21st Century: Presentation by Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou - April 23rd, 2018

The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement

Monday, 23 April 2018 from 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM (EDT)

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Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement is pleased to announce the first presentation in a series of research talks on migration and integration 


Understanding Migration in the 21st Century: Critical Reflections on Globalization, Identity and Migrant Agency


Presentation by Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou 

Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: TRS 1-067 Auditorium, 55 Dundas Street West, 7th floor (TRSM)

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Professor Anna Triandafyllidou
 heads the Research Area on Cultural Pluralism at the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies). She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium since 2002; and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies since 2013. She is a member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Editorial Committee of the IMISCOE Network which brings together over 30 Universities and Research Centres across Europe on issues of International Migration and Social Cohesion in Europe.


Synopsis

Migration is part and parcel of human history and human development but keeps being represented as an exception or a crisis. Recent technological developments in IT and transport, as well as the increased pace of social and economic globalisation processes, unleash contrasted forces: services, goods, capitals move faster and smoother than before but people’s movement is increasingly restricted and tightly regulated. Globalisation fuels aspirations and shapes the drivers and structural forces that trigger migration. Transnational networks become increasingly important for both mobile and sedentary populations (migrants and non-migrants) albeit the nation-state remains the main framework for migration governance even if in the context of regional or international governance regimes. Taking stock of the above general observations, I will develop two arguments in my lecture.

The first concerns issues of identity and the ways in which globalisation triggers new forms of mobility that undermine national sovereignty but arouse feelings of national belonging. This argument borrows from theories of liquid modernity (Bauman 2000) and risk society (Beck 1992) and contextualises migrant integration and related notions of majority and minority identity in the current framework of intensified exposure to social, cultural and economic globalisation forces. The notion of monist vs plural nationalism is proposed to make sense of these identity dynamics, replacing the traditional distinction between ethnic and civic nationalism (Triandafyllidou 2013).

The second argument concerns the ways in which we understand migration governance and migrants’ agency today. The idea of push and pull factors that shape migration flows has been discredited in recent years as not sufficiently dynamic for making sense of the complex patterns of contemporary international migration. Attention has focused on migrant aspirations, desires and the drivers of migration (see Carling and Collins 2018; Triandafyllidou 2017). Building on these recent advances in migration scholarship, I am introducing the notion of ‘social navigation’ and of a ‘social navigation space’. This space includes different actors (migrants, migration industry intermediaries, states and international actors) that develop networks. These networks are characterised by ‘nodal points’, which signpost the different phases of the migration project (pre-departure, departure, arrival, onward migration, settlement). It is at these ‘nodal points’ that migrants, intermediaries and policies ‘meet’ and where migrants make decisions and shape their course of action (Triandafyllidou 2008).

The overall aim of the lecture is to offer an analytical framework that places migration and migrant integration within wider socio-economic transformation dynamics rather than isolating it as a specific ‘challenge’ that destination countries seek to address.

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There will be a Meet & Greet with Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, from 9:15 am to 10:15 am at YDI 1134, 1 Dundas Street West, 11th floor (OVPRI)

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Have questions about Understanding Migration in the 21st Century: Presentation by Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou - April 23rd, 2018? Contact The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement

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TRS 1-067 Auditorium, Ryerson University
55 Dundas Street West
7th Floor (Ted Rogers School of Management)
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C3
Canada

Monday, 23 April 2018 from 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM (EDT)


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The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement

The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) is a university-wide research centre where – in addition to mentoring students – international experts collaborate to support transdisciplinary exploration of international migration, integration, and diaspora and refugee studies. 

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