Conference: Patterns of Migration Governance

Tuesday 10th december 2019, 14:00-16:30 pm, IMéRA, Maison Neuve, 1er étage - free entrance

 Patterns of Migration Governance

How can the governance of migration be understood and  thought about at a time when it is faced with tensions between state's sovereign preserve and internationalism? While there is no specific institutional framework devoted to migration governance, there are many international initiatives aimed at coordinating or even harmonizing migration policies on departure, admission and residence of migrants and asylum seekers. The 2018 "Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration", the European Union's common policy on migration and asylum, as well as the various migration talks initiated in Eurasia and Africa constitute some examples. The scope of these developments calls for a polycentric and plural approach to migration governance.

Organized at IMéRA, this fifth conference of the Chair of "Migration Studies"  setsout to understand the different mechanisms that have been conducive to the development of migration governance (bilateral and multilateral talks, regional consultative processes, the embeddedness of migration in external relations at regional and sub-regional levels), as well as their multiple sources and effects (dissemination of standards, transfer of public policies, patterns of socialization among state and non-state actors (be they public or private), modes of production and reproduction of a common episteme and lexicon, the identification of so-called "shared" priorities) and, finally, their transformations over the last decades, especially since the adoption of the 2001 "agenda for the management of international migration".

By questioning a Eurocentric approach, the objective is to make a critical inventory of the practices and configurations related to migration governance, and to demonstrate that the full understanding of stakes at play is part and parcel of a complex analytical framework that goes beyond the mere "management" of migration flows.

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SPEAKER : Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche, Professor of public law, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3

MODERATOR : Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Holder of the chair on « Migration Studies » , Senior Research Fellow at the College of Europe, Warsaw

Abstract :

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration claims that its approach focuses on the rights of migrants. At the same time, it clearly addresses the need to preserve the sovereignty of states. Such a tension undermines the Pact and shapes European immigration and asylum policies. This approach is premised on the bogus opposition between refugees and migrants, and on the truly problematic differentiation between regular and irregular migration. The analysis of the text of the Pact highlights two dynamics that sustain migration governance and that need to be addressed: Firstly, a restrictive conception of regular migration channels, secondly, a security understanding of undesirable migration

Biographie :

A member of the Migration Institute, Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche is Professor of Public Law at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. Her work focuses on the assessment of crisis situations (in particular the use of exceptional emergency provisions to respond to the fight against terrorism) and the apprehension of confinement areas (in particular camps and centres where migrants and refugees are detained for the purpose of identification and removal), where exceptions to the rule of law, including suspensions of standards for the protection of the fundamental rights of individuals, are allowed.