According to UNHCR statement; an unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.In the world nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict, persecution, hunger or war. UN forecasts estimate that there could be anywhere between 25 million and 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050 at the same time. [1]

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the nexus of migration in more depth asking the questions given below like; cultural integration, discursive, historical, political, social limits of the legal systems, including international refugee law, state laws, policies, institutionalized social norms, complexity, diversity experiences, Syrian conflict, climate refugees, post-war trauma, health, challenges and policy implications and else.

This conference is open for papers across disciplines, including, but not limited to legal studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, political science, politics, international relations, humanitarian law, psychology, history and else.  The conference will be held in Turkish and English. Four panels (maxim.20 presentations) will be held in Arabic language.

The conference will explore the following themes:

Rule of Law and Migration: What are the rule of law and appropriate state responses to migratory movements, the place and role of the rule of law in the global migration governance, the rule of law and its application/interpretation by domestic and international courts and tribunals, in the context of fundamental rights of migrants and refugees, and/or forcibly displaced persons. What are the rule of law in the reception policies of migrants, refugees and/or forcibly displaced persons and the rule of law in EU Member States and implications for cooperation in Europe in the field of migration and asylum.

Challenges and Policy Implications: Does migration help to reduce inequality and if so, what policies can help to enhance this effect? What are the policy implications of migration patterns?

Language structure and Legal Systems: How do systematic aspects of language, structure the meaning of gender roles and mediate the social conflicts with legal institutions deal? How does law affect the meaning system that demarcates the boundaries between right and wrong, moral and immoral? How do legal orders such as customary law, international law interact with the hegemonic effects of the state law? In a related vein, how do we understand the complex and non-determinist embodiment of social epistemologies in legal language?

International Law and Gender Politics: How do global political measures affect international law related to gender? What are the impacts of policies that cause gender- discrimination in migration and refugee context?

Employment and Labour Market: How does discrimination and equality in relation to migration apply within the field of employment in a legal context? What are the limitations of the principles of non-discrimination and equal treatment in achieving to enter the labour market?

Effects of Migration on Economy: What are the economic reflections of immigration in the context of international market? What are the economic consequences of immigration on developing countries?

Migration Experiences in Art: How migration is lived, experienced, mediated and reflected through everyday cultural and artistic practice?

Narratives through Migration: We ask narratives of migrants through their migration experiences in order to seek to deepen understanding of the complexity and diversity of migration.

Climate Refugees:  Why the environmental migrants are not covered by the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which is designed to protect those fleeing persecution, war or violence? Don’t they belong to a particular social group?

Post-war Trauma: What are the forced migrants’ experiences of trauma and  their treatment on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? What are the identity problems related to migration, adaptation of immigrants to immigrant communities, psychological problems, immigrant students?

Human Trafficking: What are the types, sanctions and else in correlation with migration?

Transnationalism and diasporas: What are the international and European policy discourses? What are the kin state and migrant sending state diaspora politics?

Integration: What are the most successful integration policies for migrants? What should be the good practices on social acceptance, cultural integration and state policies?

Migration and Health; key issues: The health problems of refugees and migrants are sometimes similar to those of the rest of the population, sometimes are different. How does the host state respond? What are the health policies?

CONFERENCE CONTACT: Prof.Dr. İ. Sibel SAFİ-Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Law, Head of Gender Studies Centre

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[1], accessed on 7.10.2019