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Centre for European Research

Migration Policy in Europe: Selecting on Social Class?

10 December 2018

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Saskia Bonjour (University of Amsterdam)

Professor Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London)

Dr Sarah Wolff (Director of CER, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

2018/2019 Debating Europe Seminar Series

Migration, and the failure of European governance to ‘manage’, ‘stop’ or ‘control’ migration is a very much debated topic. Yet, it seems that the issue of social class has been largely neglected from the debate on the politics of migration and citizenship. In contrast, Saskia Bonjour (University of Amsterdam) contends that that discourses on migration, integration and citizenship are inevitably classed, because representations of Self and Other are inevitably classed. Economic rationales and identity rationales are fused, not only in policies about labour migration but in all migration policies and discourses, including family migration and refugee admission, as well as integration and citizenship policies. Prof. Elspeth Guild from Queen Mary University of London will engage with her ideas.

About the speakers:

Saskia Bonjour

Saskia Bonjour is assistant professor in political science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in the Netherlands and in Europe. She is especially interested in family migration, civic integration, gender and migration, and Europeanisation. Recent publications include the Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe, co-edited with Agnieszka Weinar and Lyubov Zhyznomirska, as well as a special issue on Migration and Social Class, co-edited with Sébastien Chauvin and published in International Migration.


Elspeth Guild

Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and an associate senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels. She is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was special advisor to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s Inquiry into Economic Migration in 2005. Her interests and expertise lies primarily in the area of EU law, in particular EU Justice and Home Affairs (including immigration, asylum, border controls, criminal law and police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters).


Sarah Wolff

Sarah Wolff is Director of the Centre for European Research and Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael). Dr Wolff is an expert on EU politics, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), migration and border management policies, as well as EU-Arab Mediterranean relations and EU development aid. She is author of the monograph The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (2012) and received the LISBOAN Research Award 2012 for her co-edited book Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm (2012). Her current research focuses on Secular Power Europe and EU engagement with Islam for which she was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman and a Leverhulme research grant in 2014/2015. Prior to joining the academia, Dr Wolff worked at DG Devco at the European Commission and as a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A involving the audience.

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