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Call for Papers: Restructuring Refuge and Settlement, CARFMS

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Call for Papers
Restructuring Refuge and Settlement: Responding to the Global Dynamics 
of Displacement

Conference organized by The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced 
Migration Studies (CARFMS)
Hosted by the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS)
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 16-18, 2012

Globalization has transformed traditional patterns of human mobility. 
Demographic, economic, social, political and environmental developments 
accelerate the pace of change. States pursue increasingly selective 
policies with a view to maximizing economic benefits of immigration. 
They tend to favour not only highly skilled migrants, but also a highly 
flexible work force. In recent years, the number of temporary foreign 
workers admitted to Canada has more than doubled. A similar trend can be 
observed in other countries. Different legal and administrative 
categories of temporary migrants emerge with different rights and 
entitlements. Some of them, especially circular, domestic and seasonal 
temporary workers occupy low-wage, low-status jobs with poor labour 
standards and are more likely to suffer discrimination in respect to 
employment. Low-skilled temporary migrants often have restricted access 
to citizenship in the host country and are at risk of falling into 
irregular status. The precarious situation in which many migrants and 
their family members find themselves is challenging for settlement 
policies. There is an urgent need to restructure these policies and to 
promote comprehensive integration programmes in order to prevent legal, 
economic and social marginalization of migrants. Refuge is another area 
which is deeply affected by the global dynamics of displacement. In the 
current context of economic uncertainty, concerns about terrorism and 
security, and tightened border controls, the condition of IDPs, 
stateless persons, irregular migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees 
deteriorates. Their access to protection is restricted. The 
strengthening of State control over forced migrants through harsher 
immigration measures transforms the logic of domestic structures and 
public policies. It lowers protection standards and increases the 
vulnerability of forced migrants.

The 2012 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, 
policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary 
and regional backgrounds to discuss the issue of restructuring refuge 
and settlement with a view to better understanding how migration 
policies, processes and structures responds to the global dynamics of 
displacement. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives 
to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and 
theoretical questions raised by refuge and settlement at the local, 
national, regional and international levels. The conference will feature 
keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, and we welcome 
proposals for individual papers and organized panels structured around 
the following broad subthemes:

Restructuring settlement: Local, national, comparative and international 
issues and concerns
States’ utilitarian approach towards migration challenges the balance 
between the objective of economic development, on the one hand, and 
integration and equal treatment of migrants, on the other. Recent 
changes in the selection of migrant workers have negative consequences 
on social cohesion. Settlement, adaptation and integration policies play 
an important role at local, national and international levels to address 
this situation and prevent exclusion: What are the strengths and the 
weaknesses of settlement policies? How should these policies be adapted 
to meet the needs of increasing numbers of temporary workers? How can 
actors promote a process of integration that fosters social cohesion? 
What is the role played by local and national authorities, employers and 
members of civil society? How to ensure coherence and coordination 
between various actors dealing with issues such as health, education, 
social welfare, employment and law enforcement? What are particular 
legal, social, economic needs of different groups of migrants? How does 
gender, age, ability, race and other factors affect settlement? What are 
the best settlement practices?

Restructuring refuge: Local, national, comparative and international 
issues and concerns
The recent reform of the Canadian asylum system aims at accelerating the 
refugee status determination process and reducing the number of asylum 
claims by making the system less attractive. In North America, the 
United States and Canada cooperate to stem “unwanted” migration. Similar 
developments can be observed in other parts of the world. Critical 
analysis of recent trends and developments contributes to a better 
understanding of current challenges: How do local, regional and 
international mechanisms and logics transform political and media 
discourse, norms, policies and practices related to forced migrants? 
What are the changes in institutional and procedural arrangements to 
deal with refugee and asylum claims? How do these changes affect 
protection norms and policies at the local, national and international 
level? How do international and local actors, institutions and agencies 
promote the legal, economic and social inclusion of forced migrants?

Restructuring settlement and refuge:  New approaches and theories
Innovative approaches and theories developed within traditional 
disciplines or in interdisciplinary lines foster knowledge on current 
norms, policies and practices linked to questions of settlement and 
refuge. New theoretical, conceptual, methodological issues from diverse 
critical and institutional perspectives highlight these questions, 
including: the link between refuge and security in an era of 
globalization; the impact of restrictive regulation of the freedom of 
movement of forced migrants; the need to redefine policies of 
resettlement, adaptation, and integration of immigrants and refugees in 
a context of changing migration figures; the adaptation of settlement 
policies to promote social inclusion of low-skilled temporary workers, 
asylum seekers and irregular migrants; settlement and citizenship.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

Individuals wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit a 
250-word abstract and 100-word biography by December 30, 2011. The 
conference organizers welcome submissions of both individual papers and 
proposals for panels.

Please submit your abstract via the conference website: 
http://carfmsconference.yorku.ca. Instructions on how to do this can be 
found on the website. As CARFMS will be applying for funding to support 
this conference, if you are in a position to submit an abstract by 
October 1, 2011, it would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please contact Michele Millard at [log in to unmask]

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Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
8th Floor, York Research Tower
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3
Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 30391
Fax: 416-736-5688
Email: [log in to unmask]
www.yorku.ca/crs
www.refugeeresearch.net

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