The Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development (APAD), the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (Copenhagen University) and the Department of Social Sciences and Business (Roskilde University) organizes, with support from L'Agence Française de Développement an international conference on Migrations, Development and Citizenship, at Roskilde University, Denmark. Topic for the conference is:
The current ‘migration crisis’ demands a critical engagement and rethinking of the migration-development-citizenship nexus. Human mobility and migration within and between societies have shaped the world for centuries. States have devised various means to organize and control human mobility by allowing or restraining migrants’ rights and access to resources and services.
The increased policing and tightening of African, European and American borders, represent the confluence of security, development and citizenship. Yet, restrictive policies do not prevent migration; it only redirects it. Prohibitive measures alter the ways in which migrants or refugees adapt, how they find niches in host societies, retain relations to their families at ‘home’; all affecting their sense of belonging and identity.
The conference focuses on the relation between migration and development as well as aid and humanitarian intervention and their connections to citizenship and social change. We wish to shed light on how these new patterns of migration produce new practices and conceptions of citizenship, what this means for migrant groups and host communities, and how it impacts public policies in origin, host and transit countries.