Conference: ‘Migration on the Margins: Exploring Constructions of the “Illegitimate Migrant”‘

The Oxford Migration Studies Society is organising the Annual Migration Conference to be held at University of Oxford on May 15th and 16th 2015. The theme for this year is, “Migration on the Margins: Exploring constructions of the ‘illegitimate migrant’.”

Debates on migration often attempt to distinguish between “legitimate” migrants deserving of protection and “illegitimate” migrants taking advantage of state and humanitarian resources. Charged labels that name those deemed undeserving—terms such as “bogus refugee”, “queue jumper”, and “ungrateful asylum seeker”—have emerged alongside more “neutral” labels such as “economic” or “undocumented” migrant. This conference is interested in exploring the effects of labels and notions of illegitimacy as it pertains to migration debates and lived experiences. By focusing on illegitimacy, the conference explores the “margins” of migration to reveal assumptions underpinning processes of establishing “who counts.”

Papers can be submitted until February 15th 2015. For more information, click here.

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