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Scholars of Excellence Workshop – The “integration business”: A radical critique on migration, development and reception services

April 23, 2024
9:30 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT
Hybrid (In person at CERC Migration office / online via Zoom)
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The Scholars of Excellence Workshop series are indepth sessions where international scholars are invited to contribute to complex topics of interest to the academic community. 

Our April workshop is co-convened by CERC Scholar of Excellence Nina Glick Schiller, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and Anna Triandafyllidou, Chair, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

In recent years there has been significant discussion of the “migration infrastructure”, notably the networks, institutions and organizations that mediate migration trajectories. There has also been critical analysis of the economies of migration control that have emerged around borders, both territorial and digital ones, and the private interests behind them. Less attention has been paid though to the sector that has emerged around migrant reception. This workshop takes a radical critical approach on to examining these concerns, looking at how provision of local migrant services, whether in border areas, or locations of settlement, give rise to a migrant “integration business”. This business becomes part of local economies, while resting on structures of inequality, displacement, dispossession and unequal capital accumulation, and deepening these processes.

The workshop is organized into two panels. The first focuses on the local aspects of this migration industry in both border areas and settlement locations, critically analyzing the ways locals, settled migrants and recently arrived asylum seekers, refugees or migrants become entangled in forms of service provision that extract capital and constitute multi-scalar processes of governance. The second panel expands this critical perspective by engaging with the broader policy and political discourses on migration and development. Contributors to both panels seek to unmask the processes of capital accumulation that underlie the regulation of mobility, territory, social life and political subjectivities.

Workshop Agenda
9:30 AM–10 AM EDT Welcome coffee

Opening remarks: Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University, and Nina Glick Schiller, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

10:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT

The Migrant Integration Business

Chair: Usha George, Toronto Metropolitan University

Co-chair: Omar Lujan, Toronto Metropolitan University

12:30–1:30 PM EDT Lunch break
1:30–4 PM EDT

Unmasking Migration and Development

Chair: Chris Gore, Toronto Metropolitan University

Co-chair: Shiva S. Mohan, Toronto Metropolitan University

4–4:30 PM EDT Reflections and concluding remarks