Refugee Politics: Dilemmas and Trade-Offs

This symposium at the Scottish Parliament will explore the dynamics and trade-offs of refugee policies and politics in Germany, Greeceand the United Kingdom– and the implications of these for Scotland,at a time when the devolution of immigration policy is being considered. 

Presently, Greece, Germany and the UK stand for different policy approaches to address the challenge of refugee politics.

In all three states, there are significant social, political and economic implications for both refugees and host populations, as well as lessons to be learnt about the intended and unintended consequences of adopting liberal or restrictive policies and communicative frames in order to manage forced displacement. This symposium provides a forum for stakeholders to come together for discussion and exchange, with the objective of developing policy ideas of relevance to Scotland, Britain and Europe as a whole. 

The organisers hope that all participants can stay for the whole symposium - from 10am to 5pm - in order to fully contribute to the discussion. 

We would be delighted if you were able to join us and contribute to our discussions! Please contact us with any questions about the event and for your registration. 

With kind regards

Dr Hartwig Pautz (Co-Convenor, German Politics Specialist Group)

Dr Georgios Karyotis (Co-Convenor, Greek Politics Specialist Group)


Symposium Programme


9.30– Arrival and Registration.Tea and coffee in the Members Room


10.00 – 11.30: SESSION 1

Welcome: Colin Beattie (MSP)

Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Migration (The ‘Problem’)
Chair: Dr Ben Colburn (University of Glasgow)

1. Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos or EU Commission Representative Briefing (tbc)
2. Dr Frida Boräng (University of Gothenburg) “The Role of Labour Market as a Pull Factor for Migrants and Refugees in Germany, Greece and UK” 
3. Dr Kristinn Hermannsson (University of Glasgow) “Comparative Perspectives on the Skills, Aspirations, and Experiences of Young Syrian Refugees” 
4. Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza and Prof Colin Clark (University of the West of Scotland) “Drivers and Challenges of Refugee Migration”


11.45 – 13.00: SESSION 2

Managing Refugee Migration (The ‘Policies’)
Chair: Dr Hartwig Pautz (University of the West of Scotland)
1. Prof Antigone Lyberaki (Panteion University/ Solidarity Now) “Integration of Refugees in Greece” 
2. Dorothee Hermanni (Integration Project Officer, Germany) “The Exchange of Experience between Administrative and Civil Society Stakeholders: How Much Dialogue at Eye Level Can be Dared?”
3. Dr Gareth Mulvey (University of Glasgow) “Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement: Syrian Refugees in England and Scotland”


13.00 - 13.45: Lunch


13.45 – 15.00: SESSION 3

The Implications of Refugee Migration (The ‘Politics’)
Chair: Dr Vasiliki Tsagroni (Leiden University)
1. Prof Bill Niven and Dr Amy Williams (Nottingham Trent University) “Caring Through Remembering” 
2. Dr Ian Klinke and Dr Bharath Ganesh (University of Oxford): “Generation Identity and the Rise of the ‘Ethnopluralist Right’: Lessons from Germany”
3. Dr Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow), Marius Mosoreanu (Babeș-Bolyai University) and Dr Dimitris Skleparis (University of Glasgow) “Let the Right Ones In: Immigration Attitudes in Britain” 
4. Prof Heaven Crawley (Coventry University): “Title to be added”


15.00 – 15.30: Tea/Coffee Break


15.30 - 16.45: SESSION 4 (Burns Room)
Roundtable: Scotland and Refugee Migration 
A structured and open discussion between symposium participants and key stakeholders from relevant institutions. Speaker information to be confirmed/announced shortly, with representatives from the Syrian Refugee community; the Scottish Refugee Council; The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA); the Scottish Government and the European Union; Oxfam Scotland


16.45 – 17.00: Concluding Remarks