28-29 August 2014
The conference is organised by Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones (IEM) at the Universidad Pontifica Commillas in Madrid, Spain.
The IMISCOE Research Network is happy to announce the Eleventh Annual IMISCOE Conference. The event is open to everyone, registered network members and non-members alike.
This conference will direct attention to the links between migration, social cohesion and social innovation in globalised, transnational spaces.
Immigrants in Europe (6.6% of the EU-27 in 2011 population according to EURO-STAT) have been seriously affected by the economic downturn. On the one hand, the rising unemployment has caused labour and income long-range vulnerability situations. On the other hand, public policies aimed at immigrant integration have suffered adjustment processes and budget constraints, public debate revolving around their redefinition and questioning their effectiveness, management and scope.
The new and more hostile environment has not only affected the public provision of immigrant-targeted services, but also those supplied by NGOs (devoted to immi-grants or not) which had customarily maintained strong financial and institutional links with the State. Together with the economic crisis, this gap in service provision could increase ethnic segmentation processes and, ultimately, threat social cohesion. Within this context, social innovation can emerge as a sort of solution to the pressing social issues immigrants are confronted with.
The programme includes plenary sessions as well conference panels.
More details on the programme as well as calls for panels and papers will be published soon.