International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora

The Working Group ‘International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora’ will respond to a growing demand to discuss issues of migration and international politics at BISA. It aims to consolidate discussions within several streams of scholarship, which speak to each other, but are mostly discussed in isolation. The group will incorporate scholarship on how diasporas as non-state actors affect international affairs for democratisation, development, conflict and post- conflict reconstruction, and how sending states exercise their agency to engage diasporas for their own state-building and economic projects. We also seek to understand large-scale refugee population movements, and how such movements speak to issues of human and minority rights, challenges to statehood, and diffusion of ideas across borders. In this, the group will welcome the perspectives of refugees themselves, states, the European Union, UN, and international organizations. We also seek to integrate studies on citizenship and its transnational dimensions, especially regarding dual and multiple citizenship, which underpin the politics of states towards migrants, as well as the transnational activism of migrants, refugees and diasporas as non-state actors. These discussions will engage existing scholarship on migrant integration, assimilation, and securitization, as well as on transnational aspects of migration such as building of transnational projects and spaces. 

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