Moving Refugees? Mobilisation and Outcomes of Refugee Movements, Solidarity Groups, and Anti-Asylum Activities

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 26 (Main Building)
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

The past ten years have witnessed an upsurge of mobilizations and protest activities by asylum seekers, irregular migrants and migrant rights solidarity activists and groups. Using collective public action, they demand advocacy for human rights, a fair asylum process and access to labor markets. Furthermore, they demonstrate resistance to pending deportations. In contrast to these pro-migrant movements, we have noticed also a rise of counter-movements that take action against asylum seekers and their accommodations, mostly on a local level. 
First, the session focuses on organizational aspects, framing strategies and identities of these protest movements. Which practices, discursive alliances and mobilization strategies do they use? What are the similarities and differences among these movements? In which ways do pro-refugee and anti-refugee movements relate to each other? 
Second, the session will deal with internal effects and social and political outcomes of these movements. These movements produce cultural effects: through their framing strategies they aim to change perceptions in the society; they produce individual/biographical effects: protests against the deportation of failed asylum seekers result in some cases to legalization. However, asylum seekers may also run the risk of being deported. Reactions of governments and other state institutions may also result in repression, co-optation, and prevention. 
This session addresses refugee, solidarity and anti-asylum movements and focuses on both their different forms of mobilizations and their social, political and movement-related outcomes. Comparative papers with regard to movements, countries and political levels as well as single case studies are also welcome.
Session Organizers:
Ilker ATAC, University of Osnabrück, Germany and Sieglinde ROSENBERGER, University of Vienna, Austria
Volunteering for Refugees - Sources for Transnational Solidarity
Serhat KARAKAYALI, Berlin Institute for Migration Research, Humboldt University, Germany
Anti-Deportation Protest in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
Nina MERHAUT, Universität Wien, Austria; Didier RUEDIN, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Same Same but Different? Challenging Dublin-Deportations in Austria and Germany
Helen SCHWENKEN, University of Osnabruck, Germany; Maren KIRCHHOFF, University of Osnabrück, Germany; Verena STERN, University of Vienna, Austria
Saving Deportees: Dynamics of Mobilizations Against Deportation in Switzerland
Johanna PROBST, SFM Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland; Dina BADER, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland