Call for Papers

The Here and Now in Forced Migration: Everyday Intimacies, Imaginaries and Bureaucracies

An international workshop organized by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
22-23 October 2020

This workshop draws attention to the here and now in forced migration contexts. While a focus on the present can never be separated from the past and future of migrants’ memories, nostalgias, hopes and dreams, we recognise an analytical value that lies in this temporal idiom.

Regulating and Experiencing Immigrant Status Transition: Comparing Entry, Settlement, and Naturalization

An international workshop co-sponsored by the MPI-MMG Department of Ethics, Law and Politics 
22 May 2020 in Berlin

The distinction between immigration policies and immigrant policies has been pertinent in the field of migration studies since Tomas Hammar first made it in 1985. The former refers to the criteria used to grant immigrants entry to the territory, while the latter refers to regulations regarding immigrant rights, (permanent) settlement, and access to citizenship. Besides making the distinction, Hammar also noted later that there may be a link between these policy realms. In recent years, the nature of this link has been explored in more detail. One of the most prominent examples is Martin Ruhs’ book The Price of Rights, which suggests that while for certain high-skilled immigrants, access to the territory and to rights go together, for other categories there can be trade-offs. Anna Boucher and Justin Gest have also noted an “admission-citizenship nexus”, documenting among other things that lower naturalization rates are connected to greater labor inflows, and that higher rates are connected to non-economic forms of immigration.


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