The Dynamics of International Migration in the 21st Century
Chair: Oluyemi FAYOMI, Nigeria
Co-Chair: Ann KIM, Canada
The Session focuses on papers that examine and interrogate the ways in which international migration is changing in response to the major socio-political cum cultural transformations taking place at the global, regional and national levels in the 21st century. The Session pays particular attention to migration trends in and within Africa, Asia, Europe and the North America. Thus, it is essential to understand the fundamental forces driving migration and settlement.
Therefore, migration of people is a key aspect of globalisation and is closely linked to processes of social, political and cultural transformations that are ensuing in both more-developed and less-developed countries. Important features of the new forms of mobility are: the growth and diversification of migration; the growing importance of economic migration at all skill levels; the importance of new modes of transport, communications and media; the shift from permanent settlement to temporary or circular migration; the strong role played by migrant networks based on social capital; the emergence of more complex and changeable identities (especially transnational identities); and growing concerns about security and social cohesion. Despite the growing importance of migration, global governance and international cooperation is poorly developed.
In addition to the above pre-requisites, the Session calls for papers that address the issues on:
Trends in International migration, internally displaced persons (IDPs);
Refugees’ crises; African Diasporas’ changing dynamics, International human rights instruments;
Growing waves of populism in across Europe and US against migration;
Distorting trends in regional and global cooperation.