21. Nov 2020
 —  CET
Panel

Challenges and Priorities in Reception and Integration

  • Claire Deery
  • Ursula Eltayeb
  • Marlen Eskander
  • Robert Makutsa
  • Alexander-Kenneth Nagel
  • Ayhan Kaya

In 2015 and 2016, the European Union received a historical influx of refugees, mainly from Syria and other Near and Middle Eastern countries, as well as from Sub-Saharan Africa. Some countries, such as Germany and Austria, found themselves in a situation of emergency as their reception systems came to their limits and provisional facilities had to be established in school gyms and barracks buildings. How have the conditions of refugee reception and early integration changed since these events? How did they shape national and local debates and policy making? Which challenges and promising avenues can be identified in a country-comparative perspective?

As in many countries the reception and integration of refugees (literally) take place on the local level, the panel brings together professionals and activists from four major destination countries, namely Austria, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They will share their insights and experiences and discuss some of the main challenges and success stories. In doing so, they will address a wide range of issues including access to housing, labour, education and the social participation of refugees. The session is organized as a panel discussion involving brief inputs and exchange between the panelists before opening the floor to all other participants who can use the chat function to contribute questions and comments.


    Speakers

  • Panelist

    Claire Deery is a lawyer in migration law and currently the chairman of the refugee council of Lower Saxony. She is a member of numerous advisory boards and committees and a lecturerer on the topic of migration and law at the University of Kassel and the University of Göttingen.

  • Panelist

    Ursula Eltayeb has a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies and German Language and Literature. Since 2004 she has worked for the Vienna Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity where she is responsible for funding integration projects and for the StartWien program for new migrants. From 1996 to 2004 she worked for the Vienna Integration Fund (consultant for migrants, conflict management, networking).

  • Panelist

    Marlen Eskander is a social anthropologist and founder and CEO of Läsfrämjarinstitutet (Institute for Reading Promotion). She has worked in many different constellations with democracy, diversity and integration issues at the strategic and opaque level in the public sector and the civil society sector.

  • Panelist

    Robert Makutsa is an advocate for positive change. His work focuses on promoting social justice and raising awareness by challenging the hostile Home Office policies. Robert occasionally speaks as a guest speaker at universities across Scotland on the subject of immigration detention. He also volunteers as a caseworker at the Unity Centre where he offers support to migrants and refugees.

  • Chair

    Alexander-Kenneth Nagel is the German team’s Principal Investigator for the RESPOND research on reception and integration governance. He is professor of the Social Scientific Studies of Religion at the University of Göttingen. His research areas include immigration and religious pluralization with a special focus on migrant self-organizations.

  • Chair

    Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University. He received his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Warwick, England. His research interests include right-wing populism in Europe, Islamophobia, international migration, transnational identities, Euro-Turks, conventional and nonconventional forms of political participation in Turkey, and youth radicalisation. Kaya is currently leading an ERC AdG research about the radicalisation of Native and Muslim European youth. His latest book is Populism and Heritage in Europe (Routledge, 2019). Kaya´s publications have been translated to several languages and he has received various prizes for his work. He is a member of the Science Academy Turkey.