MFJMCE Conference

Approaches to Migration, Asylum, and Race in Europe

February 20-21, 2023
Florida International University - Modesto A. Maidique Campus - 11200 SW 8th Street - Miami, FL 33199 - MARC Building | MARC Pavilion 290

Monday, February 20 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM | Keynote Address | FIU MMC | MARC Pavilion
Tuesday, February 21 | 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM | Conference | FIU MMC | MARC Pavilion

This conference aims to address migration, asylum, and race in Europe and beyond from local, regional, and global perspectives, including theoretical and historical context, policy and legal development, and civil society responses.

Over the past two decades, there has been a growing debate about issues related to migrants and refugees across the borders of Europe. The so-called “refugee crisis” in 2015 and the massive number of Ukrainians who fled their country to Europe after the Russian invasion in 2022 has intensified the discussions and added layers of complexity to the situation. Diverse and contrasting forms of political and civil society mobilization arose partly because of the scale of migration and refugee movements across the “borders” of Europe but also because of political debates that linked migration and asylum to cultural identity, national culture, cultural diversity, and the integration of minority communities. In both political mobilization and debates, “race” is a critical intersection that explicitly underpins discourses and actions.

Three questions guide the panels that make up the event.

  • What elements of historical, socio-political, and economic contexts are at work when analyzing Migration, Asylum, and Race in Europe and beyond?
  • What are the most relevant political and legal aspects that have been decided or should be addressed in the EU and beyond on migration, asylum, and race?
  • How does Civil Society respond to the growing mobilization around migration, asylum, and race?

Monday, February 20, 2023

5:00 p.m. | Welcome & Opening Remarks

Shlomi Dinar, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs Florida International University

5:15-6.30 p.m. | Keynote Address

Arancha González Laya
Dean, Sciences Po
Paris School of International Affairs
Europe's quest for a secure, safe and sustainable migration compact based on shared values

6.30-8:00 p.m. | Reception (by invitation only)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The panel aims to elaborate on critical aspects of the contexts of the intersection of migration, asylum, and race in Europe, also considering a transatlantic perspective.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Markus Thiel, Ph.D.
    Professor, Politics & International Relations, and
    Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence
    Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
    Florida International University

Markus Thiel, Professor, Politics & International Relations Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, FIU


  • Terrence Peterson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of History
    Florida International University
    The History of Race and Migration in Europe

  • Andrea Peña-Vasquez, Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
    Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
    From Brussels to the Barrio: The Challenges in Local Implementation of EU Policy

  • Cecilia Estrada Villaseñor, Ph.D.
    PhD researcher at the University Institute of Migration Studies
    Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid
    Discursive Representation of Immigrants and Refugees in the Media in Europe (Spain)

eu-flag.jpg  Made possible through generous support from the European Commission.