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MiTSoPro Conference: What Future for Immigrant Social Protection in Europe?

Residence Palace
Brussels, Belgium
25 April, 2017

Following the economic crisis and —more recently— the Brexit referendum, the situation of EU migrants is becoming increasingly precarious in destination countries. In this changing context, characterized by populism and heightened anti-immigrant sentiments, controversies on ‘welfare shopping’ and the cost of EU migration regularly appear in Member States. Have welfare policies become a tool to restrict EU citizens’ freedom of movement? Is the EU capable of maintaining minimum social protection standards for immigrants? Or, should EU migrants find alternative solutions to protect themselves against social risks? During this conference, we will examine these questions, and more generally the transformation of migratory flows within the EU since the beginning of the economic crisis. In addition, we will discuss the changing policies of sending and receiving Member States in reaction to these new flows. To do so, the researchers from the ERC-funded “Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection” research project (MiTSoPro) and the authors of the new volume, ‘South North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis’ (Springer, 2017) will engage in a dialogue with high-level policy-makers on the future of freedom of movement within the EU.

Date: 25th April 2017, 14.00-16.30

Venue: Residence Palace, International Press Centre (Room Maelbeek), Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels

Organiser: Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur, Associate Director, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (University of Liège), FRS-FNRS Research Associate- eb.ca.glu@ruelfaL.MJ

Introduction (14.00-14.20):

New Challenges for Immigrant Social Protection in Times of Crisis

Presentation of main findings of the book: “South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis” (Springer, 2017)

Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur (University of Liège)
Roundtable Discussion (14.20-15.20):

Migration, Crises and Social Protection

Chair: Dr Daniela Vintila (University of Liège)

Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels (University of Kent), Gastarbeiter Migration Revised: Consolidating Germany’s Position as an Immigration Country
Dr Roxana Barbulescu (University of Leeds), From International Migration to Freedom of Movement and Back? South-North vs East-West EU Mobility
Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur (University of Liège), Restrictions on Access to Social Protection by New Southern European Migrants in Belgium
Reaction: Dr Federico Pancaldi, Policy Officer (European Commission, DG EMPL), Crises and the Future of Free Movement in Europe

Q&A with Public and Media (15.20- 15.50)

Renewing the Social Protection Agenda in Europe (15.50-16.05)

Presentation of the ERC-funded Project “Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection” (MiTSoPro)

Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur (University of Liège)
Angeliki Konstantinidou (University of Liège)
Conclusions and Q&A (16.05-16.20)

End of Conference and Reception (16.20)

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2017

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom
25 April, 2017 - 30 April, 2017

The ECPR’s Joint Sessions of Workshops have a unique format that makes them a leading forum for substantive discussion and collaboration between scholars of political science. They are now recognised as one of the major highlights of the world's political science calendar. In 2017, the Joint Sessions will take place at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Workshops are closed gatherings of 15-20 participants, which last for about five days, bringing together scholars from across the world and all career stages. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars currently working in the Workshop's field, and with a Paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate.  Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration of the event.  This format ensures intensive collaboration which often results not only in thorough critiques of the new research being presented, but in new research groups being formed to take that work forward.

The Joint Sessions of Workshops have been held in a different European city, at an ECPR Full-Member university, each spring since 1973.

For further information please contact Marcia Taylor jointsessions@ecpr.eu / +44 (0) 1206 630045.



ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops: The Legacy of Authoritarian Regimes – Political Culture, Institutions, and Democratisation

Workshop Director:  Anja Neundorf (University of Nottingham)

Workshop Co-Director: Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University)


This workshop relates to two academic debates that are usually not in dialogue: (1) Authoritarian regimes and democratisation and (2) political behaviour and public opinion. We invite research that investigates the legacies of authoritarian regimes on political institutions and on civil society. The key question explored in this workshop is how authoritarian regimes affect the subsequent democratisation process. It is still contested in the literature whether periods of authoritarian rule have a lasting impact on a country’s political structure and culture and what the nature of this impact is. Moreover, there is still a gap in the literature that compares the legacies of different types of authoritarian regimes. For example, do one-party rule and military regimes differ in their long-term impact on society and political institutions?

Though the study of authoritarian regimes is growing, we still know little about the legacy of dictatorships on their citizens and how this legacy might influence the development of a democratic political culture, which is central for democratic consolidation. We therefore encourage paper submissions especially for studies that focus on legacy impacts of previous authoritarian regimes on citizens' political attitudes and behaviour today. We believe that previous research has not paid enough attention to the long-term impact of citizens' formative experiences in non-democratic systems on individual political attitudes, values, and behaviour, as well as on the prospects of a democratic political culture in transitioning societies.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers that study these questions from diverse angles and methodologies:

1.    Substantive angles

  • Legacy effects on political institutions and civil society
  • Legacy effects on the democratisation process
  • Comparing different types of authoritarian regimes

2.    Methodological issues

  • Large-N, comparative analysis versus small-N, cross-national studies versus case studies
  • Focusing on one type of regime versus comparing different types of regimes


ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops: The Politics of Global Value Chains - The Globalization of Production and the Challenge of Governance


The globalization of trade, production, and distribution systems stands out as one of the most important developments in the contemporary international economy. The Global Value Chains (GVCs) framework has emerged in recent
years as a promising conceptual tool around which systematic thinking on these phenomena can be developed. Despite important contributions by economists, our understanding of the political economy of GVCs remains far
from comprehensive. In particular, the “political” side of the story has received surprisingly little attention in the extant literature. Our workshop aims to fill this gap by seeking contributions from different theoretical, conceptual, and methodological angles that address one of the following broad areas in the study of the politics of GVCs: (1) collective
action, interest representation and patterns of state-society interactions; (2) implications for global governance; (3) domestic regulatory politics and varieties of capitalism, and (4) international relations and power politics.

Paper proposals should be submitted by 1 December 2016 only via the ECPR  website (you will be able to submit a proposal after obtaining the credentials to access a MyECPR account here:


The Workshop Directors will be able to access all submitted proposals and you will be notified of their decision by mid-January. Papers sent directly to the Workshop Directors will not be considered.