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Migration Working Group – Scholars of Excellence Edition: Regional migration governance and free movement regimes

Date
September 27, 2022
Time
10:00 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT
Location
Hybrid (In person at CERC Migration office / online via Zoom)
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The Migration Working Group is a series of monthly sessions to discuss innovative research being done on migration and integration by emerging and established scholars. The series gives researchers an opportunity to present their ongoing projects, learn about each other’s work and share feedback.

In fall 2022, our visiting Scholars of Excellence will be leading day-long workshops. Check our calendar for other workshops taking place in October and November.

Free movement regimes have become an important tool in migration governance at the global level. Not only are there several free movement regimes in various regions, but they are also mentioned in the Global Compact on Migration under objective five as an important tool to expand legal pathways for safe, regular and orderly migration. Despite their importance, free movement regimes have been the subject of scarce academic attention and their analysis has mainly been restricted to the case of the European Union. This workshop proposes to take a much more global perspective to discuss the functioning of various free movement regimes in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and beyond. It also intends to debate the way in which these regimes interact with national legislative instruments on migration and global legal frameworks, such as the Geneva Convention on Refugees, as well as how they might be able to respond to imminent challenges including displacement due to environmental degradation. 

Workshop Agenda
9:30-10 AM EDT Welcome reception
10 AM EDT Welcome: Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University, Diego Acosta Arcarazo, University of Bristol and Joseph Teye, University of Ghana 
10:15 AM-12:15 PM EDT Panel 1: The promise and pitfalls of free mobility regimes in the African continent
 
  • Free movement in West Africa: Achievements and challenges to the implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol | Joseph Teye, University of Ghana PDF fileAbstract
  • Re-negotiating AU’s free movement protocol: Towards an effective migration governance | Adeoye O. Akinola, University of Johannesburg PDF fileAbstract
  • Regional migration governance in Eastern and Southern Africa | Linda Oucho, African Migration and Development Policy Centre / Migration Policy Centre PDF fileAbstract
12:15-1:15 PM EDT Lunch break
1:15-3:40 PM EDT

Panel 2: Addressing complex challenges through free mobility regimes

  • Understanding regional policy reactions to the Venezuelan displacement crisis | Feline Freier, Universidad del Pacifico PDF fileAbstract 
  • Removing walls and fences in the 21st century. Towards a new paradigm of borders, free movement and people? | Diego Acosta Arcarazo, University of Bristol PDF fileAbstract
  • Return migration, circularity and possibilities for enhanced mobility regimes | Zeynep Şahin Mencütek, Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies, CERC Migration PDF fileAbstract 
  • Responding to refugee crisis and displacement through regional governance | Idil Atak, Toronto Metropolitan University PDF fileAbstract
3:40-4:00 PM EDT Reflections and concluding remarks