Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis

NoVaMigra has published its final report “Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis”. Please see here for the full report.

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Policy Roundtable: Quality Newspapers vs. Populism
February 22nd 2021 / 9:00-11:00am (online event)

Media and attitudes towards immigration in Europe

Is immigration still a wedge issue in the EU? What’s the role of journalists in shaping the conversation about Europe? Are there new horizons of cooperation between journalists, academics and policy makers beyond “fake news”? How do we defend press freedom in the EU?

These are some of the questions which were discussed with strategic actors in the news media and immigration policy fields. The Policy Roundtable started with a presentation on the NoVaMigra project by Andreas Niederberger and the key implications and recommendations of the NoVaMigra study “Quality Newspapers vs. Populism: Shaping pro-immigration attitudes in five EU Member States“ (which can be found here) by Volker Heins, both from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Afterwards, we have had space for input and discussion on press freedom, media and attitudes towards immigration in the EU’ with invited experts.

Confirmed participants:

Laura Berard, Press Officer Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Spokesperson’s Service of the European Commission
Christoph Dreyer, Media Relations Officer, Reporters Without Borders
Rebecca Harms, Executive Board European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and former Member of the European Parliament
Sándor Zsiros, European Affairs Correspondent, Euronews Brussels
Volker Heins, University of Duisburg-Essen
Moderation: Martin Deleixhe, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne

More information about the project and the workshop can be found in this document.
NoVaMigra Policy Roundtable – Quality Newspapers vs. Populism.pdf

NoVaMigra International Conference on Populism and Migration, Budapest, 10-11 March 2020


Hans-Georg Betz (University of Zurich), François Boucher (KU Leuven), András Bozóki (Central European University), Alex Demirovic (University of Frankfurt), Marcus Düwell (University of Utrecht), Eva Gedö (John Wesley Theological College Budapest), Catherine Vihtol de Wenden (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Jean-Yves Camus (IRIS), Peter Krekó (Political Capital Institute), Attila Melegh (Corvinus University Budapest), Richard Szentpéteri Nagy (John Wesley Theological College Budapest), János Salamon (McDaniel College Budapest), Endre Sík (Debrecen University / TARKI), Éva Szénási (University of Szeged) and others

Venue: John Wesley Theological College & Hotel Benczúr, Budapest, Hungary

Following the 2015 wave of migration, populism has gained momentum world-wide. In 2016, “populism” was chosen the Word of the Year as the term most often used in the professional press and the media. Political theorists all over the globe have taken notice of this new phenomenon.

This conference focused on the relationship between migration and populism. The two phenomena show a fairly clear difference in their geographical location: migration is more immediately felt in Western Europe, while in the Eastern parts, where it tends to pose a theoretical rather than a practical problem, anti-migration propaganda takes center stage in the politics of burgeoning populist governments. The intention of this conference was to take a long and hard theoretical look at the problems related to these two concepts. Special attention was given to the following questions: what is the causal relationship between the spread of populism and migration? What role do anti-migration sentiments play in the self-definition of populism? To what extent do the theoretical and political deficits of liberalism contribute to the growing presence and influence of populism today?

For a detailed programme, see here.

NOVAMIGRA, responding to the changing situation due to COVID-19, live-streamed the conference. We will soon publish the video recordings on our media page.

Webinar Series on EU Migration and Refugee Policy Between Populism and Societal Transformations, 29 January – 26 February 2020

Five webinars on populism and migration were organised by John Wesley Theological College in Budapest. The webinars addressed different aspects of the rise of populism and migration. They explored populism as a political practice and examined the role of populism and its consequences in France, Germany, and Hungary. The aim was to examine the seeds and growth of populism and how it has exploited the refugee ‘crisis’ of 2015.

You can watch all Webinar Videos here on our website.

Workshop: Talking of Values: Understanding the Normative Discourse on EU Migration Policy, Athens, 6 February 2020

On February 6, 2020, Angeliki Dimitriadi and Haris Malamidis from ELIAMEP, Greece, organized a workshop with the aim to discuss and exchange views between civil society representatives, journalists covering immigration issues, academics and researchers around the role and the impact of two values highlighted by the project’s research as key in European immigration policy. Specifically, the discussion focused on solidarity and the sharing of responsibilities in shaping European and Greek migration policy. How are these values perceived by local communities and how are they applied in everyday migration and asylum management practices? These were some of the questions that participants were asked to discuss. The discussion was conducted in Greek under Chatham House rules.

You may find the NoVaMigra Paper on “Talking of Values: Understanding the Normative Discourse of EU Migration Policy”, here.

NoVaMigra Symposium „Value Agents in Refugee Reception”, 27 – 28 November 2019

Seven NOVAMIGRA consortium partners gathered in Malmö for a two-days event. The purpose was to present project findings on value agents to master students at Malmö University and to engage in an multi-disciplinary exchange on the topic of norms and values. Guest professor Ellen Percy Kraly from Colgate University gave a presentation on the different value bases in the Global Compact on Migration and on Refugees respectively.

What Does Liberal Migration Ethics Mean?, 23 October 2019

On 23 October, the Group Leader of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and NoVaMigra fellow Volker Heins and Reinhard Merkel (German Ethics Council) got together at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI) in Essen. They discussed whether or not there is a right to global freedom of movement or if it’s necessary that this right gives way to the sovereignity of liberal nation states that claim a right to close their borders in the interest of the common good.

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European Values in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Workshop on Gender Equality, 9 – 11 September 2019

The Conference “European Values in the Charter of Fundamental Rights” was organized as part of the European research project NoVaMigra – Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis.

The Conference took place at the Faculty of Political Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Milan (7, via Conservatorio) from the morning of September 9th to the afternoon of September 10th and was articulated in six panels, which corresponded to the main Titles of the Charter: dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice. For each panel there was a keynote speaker, who presented her/his own perspective on how the values of the Charter should be understood in the framework of the European project, and a dicussant.

The keynote speaker was: Dignity: Roger Brownsword (King’s College London); Freedoms: Catherine Audard (London School of Economics); Equality: Gianfrancesco Zanetti (CRID, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia); Solidarity: Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain); Citizen’s Rights: Justine Lacroix (Université libre de Bruxelles); Justice: Gianluigi Palombella (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa).

Following the Conference, in the morning of September 11th, a Workshop which discussed the forms that a gender perspective could take in a multidisciplinary research such as NoVaMigra was organized. It was opened by a lecture of Mieke Verloo (Radboud University).

To watch full-length videos of this conference, please visit our media library.

Conference Program

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Migration and European Cosmopolitanism: A Critical Assessment, 27 – 28 May 2019

The NoVaMigra Team got together at University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (ISJPS) in Paris on 27 -28 May 2019 to examine the topic of migration in relation to European cosmopolitanism from various philosophical as well as anthropologist perspectives. Central points of discussion were whether or not the discussion about “values” is useful or not, and what kind of role solidarity plays within migration contexts.

Migration and european cosmopolitanism – program – En 0504 (1).pdf


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Come Il Rifugiato È Diventato Un Migrante Economico Irregolare, 12 June 2019

In a public lecture entitled “How the refugee has become an economic migrant”, Chiara Marchetti, part of the University of Milan’s NoVaMigra Team, presented the results of her research on recent shifts in Italy’s changing values vis-à-vis refugees and migrants.

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Poznań Workshop on Value Agents and Their Practices in Civil Society, 6 – 8 March 2019

The NoVaMigra team got together at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań on 6 – 8 March 2019 to discuss and compare findings on value practices in eight European countries: France, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, and Germany. The country studies identified how both public institutions and civil society actors framed, enacted and drew on values in the context of immigrant admission and integration. Download the file to read the whole Summary.

Workshop Summary

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International Student Workshop: Migration and Populism, 23 January 2019

On 23 January 2019, Prof. Marcus Düwell and Johanna Gördemann co-hosted an international student workshop on migration and populism at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Students from Utrecht University and the University of Duisburg-Essen debated recent theories of populism and presented country analyses on how populists framed the debate on the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees in the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Germany.



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International Academic Conference: Refugees, Borders and Membership, 24 – 26 October 2018

The NoVaMigra Team convened a panel on “Researching norms and values in the field of migration and refugee studies” at the international academic conference „Refugees, Borders and Membership“ at Malmö University. For more information, click the link below.

Call for Ppaers + Programm Malmö.pdf

Call for Papers

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NoVaMigra Lecture: Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, Europe after the migration crisis?, 20 June 2018

On 20 June the NoVaMigra Event-Series “European Lab” held place at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI) in Essen. In his lecture “New Perspectives for Europe” guest speaker Matthias Lutz-Bachmann especially referred the end of the transatlantic relationship between the European Union and the USA.

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NoVaMigra has published its final report “Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis”. Please see here for the full report.

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