Old & New (In)equalities: Migrations, Mobilities & Integration in turbulent times

Monday 21st June 2021, Global Studies Association Colloquium 2021

The Global Studies Association (GSA-UK) is organising a series of events throughout 2021, bringing together key figures in Global Studies. The Global Studies Association (GSA) 2021 Colloquium, which replaces the GSA Annual Conference this year, consists of six online events during which global studies scholars eexplore some of the key issues facing humanity today.  This series of events is dedicated to the memory of Dr Paul Kennedy, one of the founding members of the GSA.

This is the third in a series of events over the course of 2021, which will see presentations from Prof. John Eade, The University of Roehampton and Prof. Laura Zanfrini, Università Cattolica, Milan.

Chair: Dr Benedicte Brahic

Date and time: 21st June 2021, 2pm – 3.30pm (GMT)

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Old & New (In)equalities: Migrations, Mobilities & Integration in turbulent times

Prof. John Eade

The pandemic has thrown a harsh light on the relationship between migration, inequality and integration and in this contribution, I want to approach the issues of global/local processes, nation-state controls and transnational/translocal networks by drawing on London as a case study. What has been happening in London during 2020 and the first half of 2021 is shaped by its position as both the political capital of a multi-national state and a highly globalised, multicultural city where the issue of inequality and integration is intimately bound up with the pandemic’s impact on transnational flows of people, goods, information and images. I will reflect on what we might learn from this particular case study about the pandemic’s impact on European cities, more generally.

Prof. Laura Zanfrini

The widening of inequalities is among the main consequences of the crises induced by Covid-19: since they often suffer from a condition of structural disadvantage, migrants constitute an interesting case to analyse the pandemic’s impact. Taking the Italian case as emblematic, the presentation illustrates how the working inclusion model has been generating an ethno-stratification of the society. Given this picture, not only has the health crises had the effect of both revealing immigrants’ vulnerability and strengthening it: what is more, it has uncovered the gap between the crucial role played by migrants for the daily survival of the society on one hand, and the norms and the practices regulating their entry and work on the other.

Finally, looking at immigration permits to grasp some of the main challenges for social cohesion, economic competitiveness, and sustainability in the post-pandemic scenario.