Global Migration: critical issue or grand illusion?

Tuesday, 14 November, 19:30-21:00

Images of people washed ashore who did not survive the crossing, evoke great pity at first sight. However, when a new refugee centre is going to be opened around the corner, this often meets resistance among local residents. Paradoxes such as these raise many questions. Who are the migrants within Europe and around the globe? And what do we learn from the current empirical data about the global migration movements? Do we have so much to fear from migration or do we need to recognise that liberal economic markets desperately need migrants?

Acclaimed migration researcher, Prof. Ronald Skeldon, and UvA Challenger Prof. Hein de Haas have given us state-of-the-art insights and a critical reflection on the causes and effects of migration during the second Challenging Society Session. At the end of the evening students prepared an audience interaction with a small debate on these issues to experience the different viewpoints in this debate.

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Within the theme ‘Global Migration’ of this ‘Challenging Society Session’ series, the keynote speaker gave a critical look at the causes and effects of migration and the consequences of choices in the policy to be pursued (liberal or dogmatic). What choices is the Netherlands making? How do we relate to other countries that are dealing with a migration wave?

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About the speaker

Our keynote lecturer this evening is Prof. Ronald Skeldon. Skeldon is one of the greatest experts in this field of study, and renowned for his contributions in several UN committees. He is an Emeritus Professor at Sussex, and Professor of Human Geography in the Graduate School of Governance at Maastricht University/UN University. Skeldon’s expertise is largely in the following research areas: the links between internal and international migration, skilled migration, circular migration, populations of East and Southeast Asia and the Andean region of South America. His latest research and publications have focused on circular migration, the impact of the financial crisis and migration and climate change. As a former migrant himself, he gives a greater understanding of the term migration and the significance of the impact of migrants on certain demographic changes in the world.

The UvA Challenger

Hein de Haas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He is a founding member and a former director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. He is also Extraordinary Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Maastricht / United Nations University. His research focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation and development in origin and destination countries. His theoretical and empirical publications cover a wide range of issues, including migration determinants, migration policies, the development implications of migration, transnationalism and rural-urban transformations. He did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and Africa and, particularly, in Morocco.

In-depth programming and special teaching modules

In addition to this Challenging Society Session, keynote speaker Prof. Ronald Skeldon also hold an in-depth symposium for the research group Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference. If you are part of the research group Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference and would like to receive more information about the symposium, please contact Hein de Haas.  

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam

25 juni 2018