IMISCOE Conference - Panel on Migration and intersectional inequality in remote regions

IMISCOE 2023 Panel Intersectional inequalities in remote regions

This week, the IMISCOE conference reunited 900 scholars in person and 500 remotely to discuss about Migration and Inequalities. We participated with the panel "An intersectional reading of migration in remote and peripheral European regions", chaired by prof. Baglioni.

Building on the outputs of the Horizon 2020 MATILDE project, we discussed in an intersectional perspective how socio-economic, gender, ethnic inequalities and the migration status affect integration processes in remote and peripheral European regions.

Dr Marika Gruber contributed with a paper on the difficulties and inequalities that asylum seekers and refugees face in accessing the labour market based on ethnic and socio-economic background, gender or migration status, such as missing (informal) networks, non-recognition of qualifications, discrimination due to wearing religious symbols. 

Prof Ayhan Kaya presented a paper that assessed the current vocabulary that has become prevalent in Migration Studies, such as ‘local turn’, ‘community sponsorship’, and ‘resilience’. In doing so, it demonstrates the neoliberal logic of governance of migration and integration of migrants and refugees.

Prof Anna Krasteva presented a paper on remoteness between spatial inequalities and reterritorialization from an intersectional perspective.

Finally, Dr Maria Luisa Caputo in her paper questioned how living in a remote region of Scotland intersectionaly affected migrant women arrived in the region to work, for marriage, as forced migrants, etc. - such as how age, migration status, cultural capital, etc. intertwine with remoteness to impact social inclusion and integration.