Where Migration Theory Meets People
Is migration control possible? Is it desirable? Who shapes migration policies and at what level? Do migrants deserve rights? Which rights? Why? When? Who is a legitimate 'immigrant' and who is not? What is 'legality' and 'illegality'? Do urban spaces where migrants dwell belong to its residents or to its citizens? Do migrants belong at all, and if so, how and what do they belong to? Does migration improve the well-being of the women and men that cross borders? Does it affect the well-being of others?
These arethe questions, among many others, that animate the major theoretical debates in migration literature. This workshop aims at exploring debates on contemporary migrations and their challenges as these translate from the "textbooks" to the "field."
Israel, a multi-ethnic society with a large indigenous national minority, and a society where different types of migration are taking place simultaneously, will be our "social laboratory" for analyzing migration-related issues on migration control; migration policies; ethnicity formation; citizenship rights; gender and migration; migrants' socio- economic and cultural incorporation; and political participation, among others.
The objective of the workshop is to enable students to learn and think about the central debates in migration theory and research by enabling them to meet leading actors of the migration scene in Israel and visit the places where migration theories and policies are put "into action"
The workshop will include guided readings and discussions in class, meetings with migration officials, NGO and migrant representatives, as well as fieldtrips.