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Challenging ‘integration': building new sociological theories to understand migrants’ mobilities and settling strategies in the context of Brexit

Thursday 30 November 2017

Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2GZ

This symposium, co-sponsored by the Migration Research Group and the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, aims to re-evaluate the concept of migrant ‘integration’ in the context of intra-EU mobility post-Brexit. On the one hand, migrant ‘integration’ is at the centre of the EU’s ‘social cohesion’ policy, but with very different associated meanings and expectations for non-EU (CoE 2008) and EU migrants (Directive 2004/38/EC). On the other hand, ‘scientifically speaking, there are no satisfactory core definitions, despite the growing number of national and crossnational projects’ (Favell 2014).

The symposium brings together migration scholars whose recent work on European migration has either explicitly challenged the notion of ‘integration’ based on empirical sociological observations (Ryan 2015; 2017; Grzymala-Kazlowska 2016; 2017), or sought to adapt it to the circumstances of intra-EU mobility and Brexit by bridging sociological and legal approaches (McGhee and Moreh 2017; Phillimore, 2017; Strang, 2017).

Full details of the programme are available here.