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The Migration Seminar: Panel debate "Refugees, Rights and the Welfare State"

Tid: 2017-12-14 14:15 -- 2017-12-14 16:00
Plats: Room D337, Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Malmö University
Målgrupp: All interested in research

Welcome to a panel debate with Grete Brochmann (University of Oslo), Joakim Ruist (Gothenburg University) and Clara Sandelind (University of Sheffield).

Title: "Refugees, Rights and the Welfare State"


In this debate, three distinguished migration researchers discuss the tensions between liberal and humane immigration policy, and the right to asylum, on the one hand, and the social welfare state, its contractual rights and obligations, and social and economic capacities, on the other hand. The panelists approach the subject from different angles – factually and morally, economics as well as politics – with the objective to offer a comprehensive and nuanced picture of a vary complex issue. After the opening statements, the audience will be invited to comment and ask questions.

The panelists:

Grete Brochmann

Grete Brochmann is professor of sociology, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She has published several books and articles on International migration; sending and receiving country perspectives, EU policies, welfare state dilemmas as well as historical studies on welfare policy and immigration. She has served as a visiting scholar in Brussels, Berkeley, and Boston. In 2002 she held the Willy Brandt visiting professorship in Malmo, Sweden. She has been head of two national commissions on immigration and the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare model. Brochmann has held various positions in the Norwegian Research Council and she is member of The Norwegian Academy of Science.

Joakim Ruist

Joakim Ruist is an economist and migration researcher at Gothenburg University. He has written several research articles on the fiscal impact of immigration, and also conducted research on the labor market impact of immigration and attitudes to immigration. He has also written several texts arguing that the EU should replace the right to asylum with a quota system.

Clara Sandelind

Clara Sandelind is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, Department of Politics. Her current research project investigates the relationships between immigration, nationalism and the welfare state, as well as the ethics of refugee protection.

The seminar will be held in English.

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