0:30 PM, 22 Oct 2019 - 0:30 PM, 24 Mar 2020, UCC

The State of Migration: Movement and Change



Global migration is one of the key challenges of our present time. Political persecution, military violence, economic distress and climate change are only a few of the many reasons that cause people to leave their place of residence. At the end of 2018 more than 70 Million people around the globe were violently forced to leave their home and current estimates indicate that there are 244 Million international migrants.

Rich industrial nations are confronted with a high influx of migrants and refugees and questions of regulating access to their territories and, in a next step, integrating newcomers. But migration is not limited to those countries and the questions that need to be answered have a global resonance.

At the same time, troubled countries face a brain drain, while more stable countries benefit from the well-educated immigrants. On the other hand, many emigrants support families in their countries of origin and create positive economic effects for them.

Seeing someone leave or arrive always just presents one of the two or more realities affected by migration.


In this reading group, central and current texts shall be discussed that reflect on and try to give answers to a variety of questions in the complex discourse of migration from different disciplinary perspectives. These could be texts e.g. that deal with immigration policy or language and integration, as well as texts that look at the discourse from an ethical perspective and ask more fundamental questions like: Do people have a (human) right to migrate? Do states have a right to close their borders and refuse access?


This reading group welcomes people who want to participate by leading a session or simply by joining the discussion. It is open to academics and non-academics alike with an interest in the topic.


If you are interested in leading a session, please submit a text (or the reference to the text) that you consider suitable for this reading group along with a short personal information (e.g. bio or your interest in/work with the topic) by September 10th 2019 to michaelhofer@ucc.ie.

This will involve giving a 10-15 min introduction, and, in cooperation with the reading group convener, moderating the discussion.

If you are interested in attending and would like to be added to the mailing list for readings, please also contact michaelhofer@ucc.ie by September 30th 2019.


Sessions will be held at UCC (room tba) from 12.30 to 2pm on

October 22nd 2019

  • November 5th 2019
  • November 19th 2019
  • February 4th 2020
  • March 3rd 2020
  • March 24th 2020


Free - all welcome. Organised by Michael Hofer-Robinson (UCC) with ISS21 Migration & Integration Research Cluster

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