Conference 2020

Annual Conference of the Romanian Network for Migration Studies
RoMig 2020
September 17-18, 2020, Iasi, Romania

In recent years, questions of national identity, borders, belonging and migration have become particularly pressing in many parts of the world, including Europe. As evidenced by the Eurobarometer, “the freedom to travel, study and work anywhere in the EU” has proven one of the main benefits of EU membership. Simultaneously, however, immigration has become one of the main fears in the EU. Depicted by politicians and in the media as a threat to national identity, democracy, economic development, as well as political and economic stability, immigration and the fear that often accompanies it has recently translated into nationalism, populism and xenophobia. New and older member states alike are affected by these trends. The anti-immigration manifesto was the leading vehicle for the Brexit movement in the UK. Moreover, while immigration was often interchangeably used for refugee flows in the national discourse, some of the newer member states have strongly opposed EU demands to share the burden of hosting asylum seekers in the wake of the refugee crisis. Their attitude seems rather paradoxical, given the large migration stocks from Central and Eastern Europe which were, in turn, hosted by the EU’s older members states. Therefore, the significant backlash against migration calls for further research to advance understanding of its drivers and far-reaching implications. We believe that this event could provide novel insights, while raising awareness of the migration challenges that EU members states face.

With more than 3.5 million of its citizens living abroad, Romania itself provides a fertile and compelling ground for empirical analysis. Furthermore, the large emigration flows have paved the way for an increased flow of inward migration. The increased presence of a foreign population has changed Romania’s position in the migration transition process, and challenges policy-making bodies to address issues relating to this new inward-migration context.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Amelie F. ConstantVisiting Research Scholar, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, Office of Population Research

Peter Nijkamp, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science’s-Hertogenbosch
Submission instructions

 Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) at by

15 June, 2020, 23:59 hours GMT+2 (Bucharest’s time).

We are able to accept up to 40 proposals. Acceptance decisions will be communicated before June, 30 2020.

There are no registration or participation fees. However, participants must cover their own costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2020

Acceptance decision:  June 30, 2020

Deadline for registration: July 15, 2020

Dates of RoMig Conference: September 17-18, 2020