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29/4 Migration at Sea and the Role of non-State Actors

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Welcome to IMER Online Seminar

Migration at Sea and the Role of non-State Actors: Zooming in on the Central Mediterranean Route

Time: Friday, 29th April 2022, 12.00 – 13.00

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Non-state actors have become the gatekeepers of the State in the context of migration – especially for deportation and detention. Exploring the intersection between NSAs accountability under international human rights law and forced migration is hence crucial in defining a progressive way of interpreting the law – with justice for the victims as the final aim. The research presented in this seminar aims to fill an academic lacuna by analyzing NSAs’ involvement in migration processes, providing guidance for future policy-making at the national, regional, and international levels.

If you are interested in these issues, you don’t want to miss our next IMER online seminar! Please register your attendance here to enable us to effectively accommodate this arrangement.

About the seminar

In this seminar, Matilde Rocca will present reflections from her PhD research project which aims to determine how non-state actors (NSAs) have been involved in migratory processes in the Mediterranean and to what extent they have changed the level of human rights protection accorded to migrants. In addition, Rocca’s research project assesses the way in which the involvement of NSAs in migratory operations has shaped international human rights law (IHRL) and the international law of the sea. Her presentation will address the following key questions: a) How have NSAs shaped and changed the status of migrants and their protection in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea? b) To what extent does their impact expand or restrict human rights protection? c) How has NSAs’ involvement impacted responsibility allocation for the violation of human rights in international waters?

Matilde Rocca

Matilde Rocca (LLM, London School of Economics – LSE; LLB, University of Sussex) is a PhD candidate at the University of Padova (Italy) and visiting fellow at the University of Bergen (Norway). Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in the violation of human rights of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Matilde is a PhD Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative (SAS, University of London) and was awarded the Lauterpacht/Higgins Prize at the LSE for best performance in public international law

5/4 Undocumented migrants’ access to health care in Norway – current challenges, future perspectives

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Undocumented migrants’ access to health care in Norway – current challenges, future perspectives

Time: Tuesday 5th of April 2022, 12.00 – 13.00

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The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have again in their latest report on Norway, criticized the disconnect between Norway’s human rights obligations and the restricted access to health care services for undocumented migrants, including European Union citizens lacking a European health insurance card. Many clinicians continue to face difficult dilemmas in their efforts to bridge the gap between the health care needs and the lacking entitlements of their undocumented patients, calling for scholarly and policy debates on how to address this gap. The seminar is timely given the number of Ukrainian refugees being received currently by Norway, some of which may need medical attention.

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About the seminar

In this seminar Elisabeth Marie Strømme will share her experiences from providing health care to undocumented migrants over several years as a volunteer for Health Centre for Undocumented Migrants in Bergen and through Centre for Migration Health in Bergen municipality. Her talk comes at the backdrop of a new proposal on access to health care for undocumented migrants in Norway which is currently being evaluated by the Standing Committee on Health and Care Services in the Norwegian Parliament. Her presentation will address the following key questions: (1) What are the current challenges and the future perspectives of securing access to health care for undocumented migrants in Norway (2) What are the most pressing knowledge gaps according to a clinician and how can research in the area fill these gaps?

Elisabeth Marie Strømme is a family doctor and researcher at Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care. She is a member of the IMER Junior Scholar Network and recently defended her thesis titled “Changes in health among Syrian refugees“.

25/1 A Critical Appraisal of Contemporary Migration Governance

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A Critical Appraisal of Contemporary Migration Governance

Time: Tuesday 25th of January 2022, 11.30 – 12.30

Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

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Are you interested in how migration governance and politics of migration are constituted and contested from global standpoints? Do you see the need for a critical appraisal of migration governance from interdisciplinary perspectives? If yes, you don’t want to miss our Hybrid IMER seminar on January 25th.

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About the seminar

In this seminar, Regine Paul  will present the  Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Migration (2021, Edward Elgar) which she co-edited. The handbook sets out to critically appraise contemporary migration governance in interdisciplinary, and decidedly global, perspectives. The handbook highlights the relationship between governance and migration as mutually constitutive, and thus intrinsically political and contested. Specific concepts used in migration governance such as citizenship, humanitarianism, and border, as well as specific categories of migrants, such as forced, voluntary, skilled worker, or family member, at specific spaces like camps, routes, homes or workplaces are addressed at this backdrop.

This handbook constitutes an important contribution to the field of migration as illustrated in this video.

In her talk, Regine Paul will focus on the Handbook’s “conceptual-analytical map“. In particular, she will introduce their conceptualization of the governance and politics of migration and discuss how they are constituted from the contradictions between their (1) conceptual framing and material expression; (2) global scope and relational practice; and (3) structured form and dynamic changeability. Next to illustrating the usefulness of this conceptual framework with examples from the Handbook, Regine will summarize the book’s key contributions to re-politicizing and decolonializing migration governance research.

Snacks will be served during the seminar. 

Regine Paul

Regine Paul is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen. She has published widely on comparative labour migration and mobility governance in Europe, and on the notions of risk and resilience in policymaking at large. Her current research addresses the uses and regulation of artificial intelligence technologies in the public sector. She is Editor of Critical Policy Studies.