In recent years, there has been an overly Eurocentric exploration of refugee movements and their consequences. MIGROBAL, building on the former ReMiSec Project aims to explore how the diverse responses to human mobilities can be informed, analysed or improved by experiences in different contexts.
As these experiences imply a wide and intricate web of societal and institutional interactions across the micro, meso and macro-level, we wish to focus on a) local responses and initiatives, b) securitization processes, c) the reformulation of ‘solidarity’ in relation to smuggling and d) the legal and policy frameworks – both regional and universal – concerning migration phenomena. These areas of contested public and political discourse represent our main areas of expertise. Thus, our emphasis will be placed on practices and lessons learned from societies outside the European borders illustrating that migratory pressure can no longer be seen a mere local problem but has become a global challenge affecting the International Community. The main goal of MIGROBAL is to enhance academic and public debate but also yield policy relevant outcomes within the framework of post-modern, dynamic societies.
MIGROBAL will be initiated with a kick off Symposium of the UU Scholars involved (Spring/Summer 2019), four thematic ‘Student meets Experts’ Masterclasses based on the aforementioned areas of expertise, public dialogues with guest speakers from the field, a ‘Global implications in migratory movements’ edited volume and a ‘Global implications in migratory movements’ Conference (2020) - within which an Art Exhibition on Migration will take place.