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Workshop: Independence Movements and Migration: Discourse, Policy and Practice

Migration is becoming an increasingly important reality for many sub-state autonomous territories, such as Catalonia, South Tyrol, Scotland, the Basque Country and Quebec. The presence of individuals and groups with migration background raises particular challenges to the independence movements active in these territories. Traditional discourse and established policies on membership, identity and belonging are challenged and may need to be reframed. Migration has thus the potential to challenge significantly the self-definition and self-representation of pro-independence movements, and to alter the relationship between sub-state units and the central state.


Against the backdrop of the debates around the referenda on independence in Scotland and Catalonia in 2014, the Institute for Minority Rights is organizing a workshop that explores the impact of migration on the visions, positions, programmes and actions of independence movements, and their relationship to immigration/diversity management more broadly.


Some of the questions that will be considered during the workshop include:
  • What role does migration play in the politics of independence movements?
  • How do independence movements co-opt, integrate or exclude individuals or groups with migration background in their negotiations with the central state?
  • How do people with migration background undermine or support the aims of    pro-independence movements?


Organizers: Institute for Minority Rights - European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (Roberta Medda-Windischer); University of Antwerp - Government & Law (Patricia Popelier); Centre Internacional Escarré per a les Minories Ètniques i les Nacions (CIEMEN), Barcelona (David Fornies).


The workshop is directed to practitioners and researchers. All activities are free of charge, but registration (Johanna.mitterhofer@eurac.edu) is required.

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