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Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies - OMICS

Conference, 6-8 November, 2019, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

How are efforts at facilitating global migration and integration of migrants into the host countries’ labour market and society organized across the globe? And what are the outcomes for migrants and for the organizers of such efforts?

In November 2019, the University of Gothenburg welcomes nearly 200 scholars from many disciplines and all parts of the globe to the Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference (OMICS) to shed further light on these pressing questions.

The conference is organized by the Organizing Integration (OI) research program at the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), School of Business, Economics and Law, and the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg.

The challenge of diversity of efforts in organizing migration and integration

Growth in international migration has prompted a diversity of efforts to coordinate and manage global migratory flows as well as to support and streamline the economic, social and political integration of migrants into the host countries.

Some of these efforts are planned and involve years of preparation and the engagement of large coalitions of actors; others are more ad hoc and short-lived, emerging from one day to the next only to disappear again quickly.

Such efforts may aim at facilitating transnational migration, improving migrants’ health, supporting migrants’ inclusion into the host countries’ education system or the labour market, at preventing radicalization, or at securing migrants’ civic, social and legal inclusion in the new country, to name but a few.

These efforts, connecting very different actors across sectors and society at large, while promising great opportunities regarding the facilitation of a smoother migration and integration of groups of people who have often faced great hardship, also constitute profound challenges from a collaboration and organizing perspective.

Interdisciplinary approaches needed

These challenges and opportunities demand novel and critical research and interdisciplinary approaches from a range of disciplines, such as anthropology, educational sciences, human geography, health sciences, information technology, international studies, law and human rights, management and organization studies, migration studies, political science, social work and sociology, to mention a few.

With the help of this multitude of perspectives we can begin to rethink how migration shapes and produces inclusion and exclusion around the world – from the Global North to the Global South – as well as how efforts at facilitating global migration and integration of migrants into the host countries’ labour market and society are organized across the globe.

We are certain that the Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference (OMICS) will provide a meaningful platform for highlighting these momentous questions of our time and for discussing novel ways of addressing them in the future.

Organising committee
Andreas Diedrich, associate professor, Business Administration
Gabriella Elgenius, associate professor, Sociology and Work Science
Gregor Noll, professor, Law
Andrea Spehar, associate professor, director of Centre on Global Migration (CGM), Political Science
Patrik Zapata, professor, Public Administration
María José Zapata Campos, associate professor, Business Administration


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