Governance & Politics of Migration

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This research group covers a wide range of topics related to migration, multiculturalism, refugee, border issues and interrelation of immigration/multiculturalism and social policy. Both Canada and the EU face challenges relating to social exclusion, integration and marginalization amongst immigrants and youth. The research group has disseminated Canada's approaches towards multicultural citizenship, and immigration policies in order to provide Europeans with nuanced insights for incorporating immigrant groups into society. Additionally, this thematic area encompasses issues relating to shifting demographic and economic inclusion patterns, the particular challenges associated with refugee settlement and integration as well as the politics of migration in a comparative transatlantic perspective. Leadership and networking opportunities for the research group were provided by a variety of experts and ongoing research projects across Canada: • This group is led by Prof. Oliver Schmidtke whose engagement in the Metropolis network and the SSHRC partnership grant ‘Borders in Globalization’ has offered a wide range of networking opportunities. His research network has focused on The governance of borders and cross-border mobility in times when many countries in Europe and North America experience a severe anti-immigrant backlash. This research perspective has also led into a Comparative examination of the principle of free mobility for people as one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms . Through the Borders in Globalization project the University of Victoria has been instrumental in supporting this research group to workshops, student summer schools and a range of media-based outreach initiatives. Jointly with Prof Jennifer Elrick from McGill University, Oliver Schmidtke also leads the Immigration network of the Council for European Studies . • Prof. Anne-Marie D´Aoust has led the project “Managing citizenship, security, and rights: regulating marriage migration in Europe and North America” at the University of Montreal in Quebec. Supported by a SSHRC Insight grant, the group of experts associated with this project looks at the intricate balance between rights and security concerns in governing migration. • The project “Involuntary immobility: irregular migrants at the Periphery of Europe” led by Joanna T. Jordan from McGill University has addressed the issue of irregular migration that has grown in importance in Canada as well. The debates associated with this project consider how the experience of irregular migration in Europe could also provide some guidance for the Canadian context.


Research Groups: Immigration and Social Policy


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