Needs and Care Practices for Migrants and Refugees

The migration and mobility of people, whether forced by circumstances of violence, conflict or poverty or as a certain choice during people's live, is a phenomenon of all times. However, worldwide globalization processes have accelerated these phenomena and the influences they have on the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of societies. On top, several conflicts worldwide have created a significant increase in the number of refugees seeking protection in different parts of the world, including the European continent. Migration, mobility and fleeing may challenge the involved individuals, families, communities and societies, creating a range of diverse and sometimes complex needs. Moreover, the growing numbers of migrants and refugees have challenged the existing care and need structures for these groups in different life domains, such as education, health, law and labour, with increasing pressures on societies' main principles of solidarity and human rights.

In this conference, we invite scholars, policy makers and practitioners to discuss their perspectives and experiences on the compelling needs of different groups of refugees, migrants and newcomers in a global perspective and the diverse ways to address these needs. We hereby want to focus on:

  1. Interdisciplinary perspectives: The needs and care processes and the social groups that form part of these processes involve many different aspects and life domains, and touch upon a range of different disciplines and fields (e.g., economics, sociology, pedagogy, psychology, history, linguistics, criminology, political science, law, (migration) policy, communication sciences and media studies, social work and medical sciences). An interdisciplinary dialogue is therefore necessary to realize a better understanding in this field and to better support the societal debate herein.
  2. Transdisciplinary perspectives: Including perspectives of researchers, practitioners, organisations and policy makers will broaden our views on the needs of and support for refugees and migrants and will facilitate developing new approaches in this field.
  3. Transnational perspectives: Input from a great variety of countries and especially countries from the global South might be stimulating and intellectual challenging for all those involved. At the same time, this transnational perspective might increase the cooperation between the global North and global South in order to enhance the creation of sustainable networks that might facilitate possibilities to create transnational networks branching the boundaries of disciplines, research and countries.

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, the second full day of the conference will be mainly focused on issues that deal with the South.