Whole-COMM’s researchers at IMISCOE’s annual conference

Whole-COMM’s researchers will participate to IMISCOE’s Annual Conference which will take place from July 7th to 9th 2021. 

IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary research network in the field of migration, integration and diversity studies. The research network currently consists of 59 research institutes from almost all European countries and from various disciplines, including sociology, political science, economics, law, demography, public administration, social geography and history. 

On 7-9 July 2021, Whole-COMM’s researchers will participate in the 18th Annual Conference Crossing borders, connecting cultures. For three days, in many panels academics will explore the nexus of migration and culture in more depth by asking how migration is lived, experienced, mediated, and reflected upon in general and through everyday cultural, linguistic and artistic practice. The 18th IMISCOE-Conference will also focus on inequalities in general, and on health and racial inequalities in particular.


On Thursday (7 July), at 14.45 there will be the panel titled “Migration politics and governance: understanding the relationships 3 – Governance and politics in diverse local and national settings”.

The Panel focusses on the fact that studies on the politics and governance of migration have rarely spoken to each other. Research on migration politics has emphasised the contentious side of the migration issue, e.g. party ideologies and (populist) discourses, native citizens unfavourable attitudes, pro- and anti-immigrant social movements mobilisation and the like. On the contrary, research on governance and public policy has primarily focused on the consensual side, e.g. policy networks managing migration issues at different levels of government, implementation accommodative practices, processes of policy learning and experts’ knowledge etc. Yet, in a context of increasing politicisation of migration, governance and politics need to be thematised as the two facets of the same coin. In this panel promoted by the IMISCOE MigPOG Standing Committee, crossing-edge empirical and theoretical papers addressing the link between migration politics and governance will be presented. Contributions will bring together reflections from different perspectives. The Third Sessions will explore the link between governance and politics in specific institutional settings at a local and national territorial scale.


PAPER #1: Between cooperation and co-optation: Interactions between immigrant representatives and immigrant affairs officers in Germany

PAPER #2: Nodal cities and their role in the circulation of policy models

PAPER #3: Immigration through a side door? The impact of trade commitments on national immigration systems in Switzerland and Germany

PAPER #4: Bottom-up participation in the local governance of diversity: civil society organisations’ involvement in German and French cities


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