CfP: The International Conference “The implications of EU policies for the integration of mobile citizens”

When: 16-18 Mai 2016

Where: SNSPA headquarters, 30A Expoziției Boulevard,  sector 1, Bucharest

This Conference intends to raise awareness upon the subject of mobile citizens’ integration and upon the need of developing a more efficient strategy in order to create real premises for their social and economic integration.

Because of the right to free movement within the EU, we are witnessing an intense internal migration flow, causing a number of challenges at multiple levels: EU, country of residence and country of origin. On the other hand, in the European Union, we cannot speak any more about migrants, but of mobile citizens. Their rights are considered near-equivalent to those that are native citizens (Collet, 2013, p.1), but they also face difficulties when it comes to integration and they have different needs in this regard. After moving in another EU country, the mobile citizens will have to adapt to new institutions, languages and social norms.

Citizens of the EU and their family members have the right to move and reside freely within the EU, but only under certain conditions. These conditions are specified in a Directive of the European Commission from 2004 (Anderson et al, 2014, p. 5) and in Article 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. EU nationals have the right work and reside without any restrictions on the territory of another Member State and just by possessing a valid identity card or passport for up to three months. After this period, the EU nationals are required to prove the fact that they respect certain conditions when it comes to their status as workers, students and other, in order to continue staying in the host Member State. And if they wish to remain permanently, they have to have been legally residing in the receiving Member State for more than five years, without significantly interruptions.

Even though EU nationals benefit from these rights, they face difficulties in exercising them, due to the fact that they have similar integration problems as third-countries nationals. These difficulties result from differences in terms of language, social norms, practices and other. All of this and the fact that they cannot be subject to regular immigration policies and programs give birth to a paradoxical situation.

Even though EU mobile citizens share almost the same rights as the native citizens in the receiving country, they still have certain needs when it comes to their socio-economic integration. First of all, they need in most cases language training, because without knowing the language of the host country, their chances of successful integration are lower. Moreover, they also need guidance regarding the norms and regulations that differ in the host country. And the list doesn’t stop here.

The event aims at encouraging a multi-disciplinary debate between scholars and practitioners from different fields of study, such as European studies and public policies. On the other hand, this conference represents a good opportunity for young researchers to promote their academic work and to interact with representatives of the public administration and civil society.

Specific topics include, but are not confined to:

  • determinants, patterns, and consequences of mobility phenomenon;
  • implications of social policies towards the integration of EU mobile citizens;
  • evaluation of policies that address the integration of EU mobile citizens;
  • labor market impact;
  • long-term effects and path dependencies;
  • policy reactions and impact on the political evolutions;
  • multiculturalism and inter-culturalism;
  • European citizenship and European culture;
  • transformation of values and attitudes;
  • the security dimension of the mobility phenomenon;
  • return migration;
  • transnationality;
  • integration policies and examples of good practices;
  • demographic and economic aspects of human mobility.

How to apply?

Submissions to ioana.borcan@dri.snspa.ro (in PDF format) should include: a 300 word abstract, name of the authors, affiliation and e-mail addresses. The abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed. The authors of the selected papers will receive a notification by e-mail until the 3rd of May, 2016.

 

The conference languages are English and Romanian.

The selected papers can be published in a new issue of the Romanian Journal of International Relations and European Studies (RoJIRES). For more information about the Journal, please go to: http://www.rise.org.ro/revista-romana-de-relatii-internationale-si-studii-europene-rojires/

Important dates:

28 April 2016 – deadline for abstract submissions

03 May 2016 – notification of accepted abstracts

12 May 2016 – deadline for full paper submissions

For any further information, please go to http://www.rise.org.ro/ or write to the following e-mail addresses: ioana.borcan@dri.snspa.ro

Organizers:

The Romanian Association of International Relations and European Studies http://www.rise.org.ro/?lang=en

The Centre for European Studies on Human Migrations from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)                http://www.snspa.ro/

 

*This event is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus program, as part of the following Jean Monnet Support for Associations project: “Contributing to the development of the EU immigration and mobility field of study from a multi-disciplinary approach. Support for the Romanian Association of International Relations and European Studies / CDEUS”.

**This message does not reflect the point of view of the European Commission. The interpretations and opinions contained in it are solely those of the authors.

Photo credits: Matthew Wiebe

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