Immigrant Associations in Southern Europe: Between the State and Political Militancy
(Project or programme description - EU-wide - English)
Begin 26/08/2013 - 08:30
End 27/08/2013 - 19:00
Venue Malmö University,Sweden
Organiser Sónia Pires (IGOT, University of Lisbon)
Immigrant associations in Southern Europe are facing a very difficult and adverse political, social and economic context and are hardly conditioned in their role as mediators between immigrants and host society’ structures. In addition, immigrant associations face a strong and a fundamental dichotomy, i.e., the balancing between the relationship with the host society’s state and political militancy. We assumed that processes of immigrant associations’ institutionalization condition their independent political mobilization and, therefore, it is of utmost importance to analyse how immigrant associations cope with such dilemma in a non-friendly societal context. Cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons are essential methodological options to evaluate such processes and to find out which variables are at task to underline effects, outcomes and consequences. Being so, the workshop proposal welcomes empirical, theoretical and normative research in Southern Europe in a comparative perspective.
This Workshop will be held within the IMISCOE Annual Conference on Crisis and Migration - Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences in Malmo, Sweden.