Human Mobility and Borders. IMES Seminar

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Wanneer: 14/06/2012 - 09:00 t/m 14/06/2012 - 17:00

Human Mobility and Borders. Immigration policies in Europe and the implementation of boundaries.

IMES Seminar:

June 14 2012, 9.00- 17.00
Location: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, room A 008,
Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam
Conveners: dr. Floris Vermeulen and prof. dr. Marieke de Goede

Register: participation to the seminar is free but you are kindly requested to register by sending an e-mail to Bouchra El Morabete ( Please indicate whether you intend to participate in the morning and/or afternoon program.

European nation states impose all kinds of borders and boundaries to control immigration flows. In addition they have tried to make these borders less impenetrable by formulating stricter immigration laws and increase the resources to enforce them, creating a ‘Fortress Europe’. Scholars question whether these borders are still consistent with the territory of the European Member States, whether these boundaries are still morally legitimate and whether the enforcement of these boundaries is still feasible. The formulation and implementation of different borders have important social consequences for those present within the European territory (whether legally or not) as well as for those outside the border. In this IMES-seminar we want to discuss the actual practice of boundary making in Europe. What kind of Immigration Law is being formulated in Europe currently? What are the practices to implement and maintain laws that undergird these borders? The second question revolves around the different types of borders in Europe. What are the kind of boundaries European authorities are establishing, how are these borders enforced and what are the social effects of these boundaries for European societies, but especially for the immigrants themselves (in and outside Europe)? A third question will relate to the ways in which scholars conceptualize borders in such a way they can be subject to empirical inquiry, preferably in a comparative perspective . How can we study the borders and the migration laws that undergird them in a comparative way?

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