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Scribani Conference 2016, Bilbao, July 6th-8th 2016
6 June 2016 - 8 June 2016
International Migration, Integration and Social Justice in Europe. Sharing Perspectives between Academia and Civil Society
The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto, as a member of the SCRIBANI network and coordinating body of the INTEGRIM research training program, organized the 7th SCRIBANI conference in conjunction with the final INTEGRIM conference on July 6-8, 2016 in Bilbao.
INTEGRIM (http://integrim.eu/) is a Seven Framework Program of the European Commission established by the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (Université de Liège), the Centre for Migration Research (University of Sussex), the Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Territorio (Universidade de Lisboa), the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (Universiteit van Amsterdam), the Migration Research Centre (Koç University, Istanbul), the Center for Policy Studies (Central European University, Budapest), and the Migrations Internationales, Espaces et Sociétés (Université de Poitiers) in 2013. The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute is the coordinating institution of INTEGRIM.
The INTEGRIM research training programme aims at establishing a multi-site network of early stage researchers (predominantly PhD students) at the eight partner institutions fostering a multidisciplinary research career on international migration and integration within the European Union and neighboring countries.
The conference focused on public policies and integration processes as experienced by migrants within a European context. It aimed to combine academic perspectives and grass-roots practices to deepen comprehension and knowledge and influence policy change.
In line with the concern about integration and migration throughout Europe, there is an urgent need to rethink the policy approach and the ways in which social movements may contribute to this. The integration of migrants is a test case for social cohesion and justice and offers a lens through which to engage in a critical analysis of European societies, fuel public debate and further the issue in terms of concrete action and policy.
The conference brought together 6 senior scholars (presenting keynote lectures) and 12 INTEGRIM scholars (presenting research papers) from various disciplines (sociology, anthropology, political science, law, geography), as well as professional actors and policy makers (responding to the academic presentations). The audience of around 100 persons reflected the composition of the speakers.