WORKSHOP : The Politics of Migration Policies: Towards an empirically grounded, comparative political theory of migration politics — 17-18 décembre 2018, Sciences Po, Paris

Partenaires

Workshop organised in the context of the research programme “Action Publique Ailleurs” in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Responsables scientifiques

Hélène Thiollet et Katharina Natter

Présentation

The purpose of the workshop is to use comparisons across time and across countries in order to reflect on migration theories from a comparative empirical perspective. It investigates the impact of political variables such as regime change, political institutions, or policy practices on migration politics.
Our central question is: How do political variables shape the management of immigration and emigration?

Programme

Much scholarly attention has been devoted to migration policy and politics, with a research tradition anchored in ‘Western liberal democracies’. Yet, little or no systematic comparative work of global scope explored the impact of political variables on migration policies. Drawing upon the regional expertise of participants spanning the entire globe, we seek to kick-start a systematic discussion on the political determinants of migration policy.

The purpose of the workshop is to use comparisons across time and across countries in order to reflect on migration theories from a comparative empirical perspective. It investigates the impact of political variables such as regime change, political institutions, or policy practices on migration politics. Our central question is: How do political variables shape the management of immigration and emigration?

Using different levels of analysis and entry points, the contributions will remedy the deficit in research on migration politics in non-western countries, illiberal contexts and undemocratic regimes across time and space by particularly engaging with the following issues:

  • historical variations in migration politics within and across countries as a result of regime change, state formation, nation-state ideology or revolution
  • the dynamics of migration politics in democratic vs. un-democratic contexts, such as the role of civil society, legal actors, employers, international organizations, inter-institutional dynamics within the state bureaucracy or international norms
  • illiberal migration policies across the globe and across political regimes
  • the formal and informal politics of state and non-state actors involved in the making of migration policies
  • the political determinants of migration regulation and migration policy efficacy in the Global South
  • the linkages between immigration and emigration politics

Programme

Monday 17 December 2018: Immigration patterns

9h-10h: Welcome & Keynote

  • Hélène Thiollet (CNRS CERI Sciences Po) & Katharina Natter (University of Amsterdam): Welcome and workshop roadmap
  • James Hollifield (Southern Methodist University): “Keynote: The Emerging Migration State”

10h00-10h30: Coffee break

10h30-12h30: Session 1 : The control gap debate revisited: the politics of immigration policymaking
  • Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas (CIDOB / UPF Barcelona): “Beyond methodological Western-centrism: the control gap debate reconsidered from a global perspective”
  • David FitzGerald (University of California San Diego): “International Norms: When do they Shape Immigration Policies in the Americas?”
  • Feline Freier (Universidad del Pacífico): “The politics behind Latin America’s ‘generosity’ towards migrants”
  • Virginie Guiraudon (CNRS CEE Sciences Po): “European liberal democracies and the migration policy mix”

Discussant: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (CNRS CERI Sciences Po)

12h30-13h30: Lunch

13h30-15h30: Session 2  : The control/implementation gap: de jure and de facto immigration and refugee policies
  • Erin Aeran Chung (Johns Hopkins University): “The Side Doors of Immigration: Immigration Policy without Immigrants in East Asia”
  • Oliver Bakewell (University of Manchester): “The Locus of Migration Policy: reflections from two African case studies”
  • Darshan Vigneswaran (University of Amsterdam): “The Complex Character of Movement Control Regimes: How Non-Immigration Policies Determine Immigration Policy Outcomes”
  • Daniel Naujoks (Columbia University): “Immigration and Refugee Governance in India”

Discussant: Hein de Haas (University of Amsterdam)

15h30-16h: Coffee break

16h-17h30: Session 3 : Illiberal(ising) immigration and asylum politics: structures and policy changes
  • Céline Cantat (Central European University): “The politics of post-socialist transition and migration in Hungary”
  • Hélène Thiollet (CNRS CERI Sciences Po): “Migrants, Markets and Monarchs. An anatomy of change in Saudi Arabia (1991-2018)”
  • Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Birmingham): “The Refugee Rentier State in the Middle East”

Discussant: Hélène le Bail (CNRS CERI Sciences Po)

19h30: Dinner

Tuesday 18 December 2018: Hybrid and emigration patterns

9h-10h30: Session 4 : Changing regimes, hybrid migration patterns: the multilayer politics of immigration and emigration policies
  • Els van Dongen (Nanyang Technological University): “Four Key Points from Chinese Migration Policies”
  • Amin Moghadam (Princeton University): “Politics of Citizenship and Migration in a post-revolutionary Iran”
  • Katharina Natter (University of Amsterdam): “Tunisian migration politics throughout the revolution: The democratization-migrants’ rights nexus revisited”

Discussant : Laurence Louer (CERI Sciences Po)

10h30-11h: Coffee break

11h-12h30: Session 5 : The drivers and actors of emigration politics
  • Gaim Kibreab (London South Bank University): “The Politics of Emigration in Eritrea”
  • Fiona Adamson (SOAS University of London): “Turkey’s ‘Diaspora Engagement’ Policies: Transnational Citizenship or ‘Remote Control’ Authoritarianism?”
  • Stefan Rother (University of Freiburg): “The ‘gold standard’ for labour export? The role of civil society in shaping Philippine migration policies”

Discussant: Jim Hollifield (Southern Methodist University)

12h30-13h30: Concluding discussion and publication prospects

  • Hein de Haas (University of Amsterdam)
  • Hélène Thiollet (CNRS CERI Sciences Po)
  • Katharina Natter (University of Amsterdam)

13h30: Lunch

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