December 12-13, 2007
The last IMILCO workshop held in Istanbul on 12-13 December, 2007 focused on issues related to migration and xenophobia in various contexts and reflections of these themes in different countries of Europe. Prof. Dr. Günay Göksu Özdoğan who delivered the opening speech on behalf of MURCIR shared her views on the objectives of the workshop and expressed special thanks to Swedish Consulate in İstanbul for their support in organizing this workshop. Then Bo Johannson from Uppsala University made a welcome speech on behalf of Swedish partners.
The two-day workshop hosted more than 30 researchers and academicians from different countries of Europe. On the first day there were two sessions focusing on migration & labour market and xenophobia respectively. The first session started with a comprehensive speech delivered by Carl-Ulrik Schierup. In this session papers were presented and researchers from Turkey, Poland, Cyprus, Sweden, Germany and Lithuania made country presentations reporting the general socio-political climate of migration and labour market relations in each country. The session proceeded with questions from the audience. The debates in this session were also inspiring for an ongoing project on the issue.
In the second session Ronald Munck from Dublin City University was the first speaker. In addition to papers submitted on xenophobia, populism, extreme-right wing in Europe, there were country presentations made by academicians from Turkey, Italy, Cyprus explaining xenophobia in each case. This session also has been a good occasion for researchers to improve a project which aims to analyze xenophia in Europe.
In the second day there were discussions on how to enhance projects on these issues and build cooperation within European academicians and researchers.
Participants agreed on to maintain and enrich current IMILCO network and develop new projects focusing on the themes discussed during the workshop.