GSA 2021 Colloquium 3. Old & New (In)equalities: Migrations, Mobilities & Integration in turbulent times


The third event in the series will take place on 21 June 2021, 2-3.30pm (BST) bringing together Professor John Eade of University of Roehampton and Professor Laura Zanfrini of Università Cattolica in Milan. The event will be chaired by Dr Benedicte Bhahic of Manchester Metropolitan University. 


Prof. John Eade - The pandemic has thrown a harsh light on the relationship between migration, inequality and integration and in this contribution, I want to approach the issues of global/local processes, nation-state controls and transnational/translocal networks by drawing on London as a case study. What has been happening in London during 2020 and the first half of 2021 is shaped by its position as both the political capital of a multi-national state and a highly globalised, multicultural city where the issue of inequality and integration is intimately bound up with the pandemic’s impact on transnational flows of people, goods, information and images. I will reflect on what we might learn from this particular case study about the pandemic’s impact on European cities, more generally.
Prof. Laura Zanfrini - The widening of inequalities is among the main consequences of the crises induced by Covid-19: since they often suffer from a condition of structural disadvantage, migrants constitute an interesting case to analyse the pandemic’s impact. Taking the Italian case as emblematic, the presentation illustrates how the working inclusion model has been generating an ethno-stratification of the society. Given this picture, not only has the health crises had the effect of both revealing immigrants’ vulnerability and strengthening it: what is more, it has uncovered the gap between the crucial role played by migrants for the daily survival of the society on one hand, and the norms and the practices regulating their entry and work on the other. Finally, looking at immigration permits to grasp some of the main challenges for social cohesion, economic competitiveness, and sustainability in the post-pandemic scenario.

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