workshop border (re) configurations and their impacts on human security in different migrations regimes

medellín, colombia, 2009

Consortium RISC-IEP Workshop

Title: Border (Re)Configurations and their Impacts on Human Security in Different Migration Regimes

Working Group: Comparative Border and Migration Politics

Date: Nov. 7, 2009

Site: IEP, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Synopsis: Human security and international migration rarely coincide. Both voluntary and involuntary migration processes often place individuals in circumstances that place their physical and moral security at risk. Because international migration has a trans-border character by its very nature, adequate political protection and social relief have been slow to develop. Moreover, because regional integration schemes often promote the creation and expansion of transnational markets while nation-states are simultaneously reinforcing national borders, migration takes place in local, national and global systems in which political strategies do not coincide with economic trends. Consequently, this workshop examines political responses to human security and migration in cross-border contexts (i.e. refugees, displaced persons, clandestine migrants, human trafficking, etc.). Pertinent questions include (but are not limited to): How have global or regional actors addressed transnational human security issues related to immigration? How have local, national or regional actors responded to human security threats through cross-border programs? How have non-governmental actors created cross-border networks aimed at protecting human security? How have migrant communities addressed human security in transnational contexts? Do different models of multilevel governance affect human security policy responses positively or negatively? What avenues exist for the creation of cross-border cooperation in the fields of migration and human security?