1st International Scientific Conference *Globalization of Migration, Anti-Immigrant Parties and Xenophobia in the European Union: Reflection on European societies and States in the 21st Century *is organized by Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split.
The conference has four thematic units:
I. Globalization of migration and global migration
II. Migration, asylum and security issues in the European Union and South East Europe (the Balkan and the Mediterranean route) in the context of a risk society
III. The phenomenon of anti-immigrant parties and xenophobia in the EU in the 21st century IV. The impact of migration globalization on Europeansocieties and States in the 21st century.
The conference will take place in Split, Croatia on October 26th, 2019.
Information about conference you can find on http://www.imin.hr/266
Registration form http://globe-migrant.com/?page_id=1392&lang=en
Today's society is an expression of the second modernity, its main features being the phenomena of globalisation and migration. Both phenomena require a complex research approach as they shape everyday life and affect the transformation of societies, identities and cultures. Precisely for these reasons, but also due to recent events and challenges faced by the European Union, this project aims to gain insight into the changes triggered by globalisation and migration, especially in western societies marked by negative demographic trends. The construction of basic terms, definitions and research methods is an integral part of the methodological framework. Due to the complexity of the issue, the project GlobMigrant is based on four thematic sections. The first thematic section: Globalisation of migration and global migration, provides an insight into the phenomenon of globalisation and simultaneous reactionary processes in the form of renationalisation, an anti-immigrant political discourse, the foundation of anti-immigrant parties and the rise of xenophobia in Europe. We named this process ‘simultaneous differentiality' and in the present project proposal, it represents a new methodological and analytical framework alongside methodological nationalism and methodological cosmopolitanism. The second thematic section: Migration, asylum and security issues in the European Union and South East Europe (the Balkan and the Mediterranean route) in the context of a risk society, is focussed on the challenges and relations arising from the refugee crisis, with an emphasis on the issue of security and the formulation of modern migration policies. Be they economic or forced, resulting from wars and destruction of countries, migration poses a major challenge to the European Union in the global age. The third thematic section: The phenomenon of anti-immigrant parties and xenophobia in the European Union in the 21st century, is focussed on researching anti-globalisation processes manifested as reactive responses to globalisation. Globalisation and migration are multidimensional phenomena, as their simultaneous differentiality produces lines of conflict regarding migration: anti-immigrant, populist and radical right-wing parties. Finally, the fourth thematic section:The impact of migration globalisation on Croatian Society and State in the 21st century, deals with the impact of the globalisation of migration on Croatian society and state in the 21st century, considering that by entering the European Union, the Republic of Croatia became a part of the global migration arena.
We consider a scientific approach necessary for drafting regulation politics, scenarios and migration strategies. Additionally, Croatia is faced with the problem of a decreasing total population (demographic deficit), due to a discrepancy between the number of births, deaths, and emigrants. Having this in mind, it is necessary to analyse the demographic dimension of globalisation and its reflection on Croatian society and state, which is the focus of this project proposal.
Specific scientific goals were derived from the project's general objective and arranged in individual thematic sections. Within the first thematic section, the researchers will investigate various aspects of the phenomenon of migration globalisation and of the phenomenon of migration in general. A. Niederberger will examine the recent failure of national democracies, the European multilevel system and the global legal and political structure in general to adequately address migration and resistance to it, as well as the general reasons/causes of the globalisation of migration, the impact of transnational factors on migration processes with the aim of establishing a structured matrix based on obtained data. Ž. Paić will analyse the phenomenon of migration globalisation starting from the perspective of phenomenology, poststructuralism, biopolitics, theoretical paradigms on the issue of the ‘Other' (from multiculturalism to interculturalism) with the aim of redefining the concept of foreigners, stateless persons and nomads. Within the second thematic section, the researchers will conduct research on various aspects of security and potential threats in the context of mass migration towards the EU through the Balkan and the Mediterranean route. J. Polović will examine the aspects of forced migration as a security challenge for the European Union in the 21st century. V. Cvijič will conduct case studies of Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia on the techniques used for the government of risk and illegal migration on the Balkan route. M. Ambrosini will examine the issue of asylum in South East Europe and the Mediterranean in order to provide specific good practice proposals and policy recommendations that can contribute to improving asylum conditions in other structures within or beyond the area analysed. Within the third thematic section, the researchers will investigate the various aspects of the phenomenon of anti-immigrant parties and xenophobia in the EU in the 21st century. M. Brčić Kuljiš will examine, detect and map anti-immigrant parties in the EU in the 21st century, starting from the assumption of a shift in the ideological paradigm which states that anti-immigrant parties are closely related to right-wing politics. A. Milardović will investigate how EU migration policies influence the rise of xenophobia. J. Polović will examine election results in the project period to determine the citizens' attitudes towards migration in the EU. Finally, within the fourth thematic section, A. Milardović will conduct a critical analysis of migration globalisation/global migration on Croatian society and state in the 21st century.
The level of insight to be gained by this project can be useful to all institutions in Croatia and the European Union that, whether in a scientific or practical manner, deal with migration, foreigners, integration, multiculturalism, interculturalism, anti-immigrant parties and xenophobia in the context of migration policies and ideologies. This research will show how migration affects the stability of western societies considering the rise in populism, anti-immigrant parties and xenophobia with a special reference to Croatian society and state in the 21st century.