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Research Workshop: “Managing Migration in World Society. International Organizations in Migration Politics II”

March 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:Rooms 208, 270, 272, 274 Residence Commons

This International Research Workshop event is organized by Dr. Martin Geiger (Department of Political Science and Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa) and Dr. Martin Koch (Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld University, Germany), and their Canadian and international collaborators in ‘MobPoli’, the transnational Mobility & Politics Research Collective ( This is a public event and no registration is required.

08:00 a.m.    Arrival – ‘Meet & Greet’

08:45 a.m.    Opening and Welcome Remarks

09:15 a.m.    Thematic Introduction

“Managing Migration in World Society. International Organizations in Migration Politics. A Follow-Up”

Martin Geiger, Dept. of Political Science and EURUS, Carleton University
Martin Koch, Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld (GER)

10:00 a.m.    Panel Discussion

Organizations in Migration Politics and World Society: Concepts, Methodologies, Stories from the Field…

Chair and Moderator:

Christina Gabriel, Dept. of Political Science, Carleton University

Martin Koch, Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld (GER)


  • Pauline Gardiner Barber, Dalhousie University, Halifax
  • Dorit Happ, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig (GER)
  • Paul Hodge, University of Newcastle, Newcastle (AUS)
  • Rianne Mahon, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

11:30 a.m.    Lunch Break           

Networking, Poster Session and Film Screening

Poster Session. Foyer Residence Commons

Thematic posters prepared by students of the ‘Mobility & Migration’ introductory 3rd-year class to migration, border and refugee studies in Carleton’s Political Science Department.

Film screening. Residence Commons CO 274

’19 Days’ – The Human Side of the Refugee Resettlement Process in Canada. This short documentary was directed by international award-winning Somali-Canadian filmmakers Asha and Roda Siad. During the screening, Asha Siad, an active member of the ‘Mobility & Politics’ Collective and student in Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), will be present.

1:00 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions I – III

Session I. Residence Commons CO 270-272

Regional Dialogues and Cooperation on Migration and Refugees

Chair: Amrita Hari, Pauline Jewett Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies, Carleton University

  • Sanda Ajzerle, Omer Kaya and Kyle Kostashuk (Carleton University): Frontex and the EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement
  • Benjamin Globerman (Carleton University): UNHCR, IOM and Migration Management in the Mediterranean: Gaps in the System
  • Mariana Martins Almeida (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil): IOM, the UN and the ‘Brazil-Haiti Bilateral Dialogue’ on Migration
  • Patricia Ward (Boston University, Boston, U.S.): Classifying Migrants to Classify Themselves: Migration Management as an Emerging Social Field?

Session II. Residence Commons CO 274

Migration Management in Practice and its Effects

Chair: Jennifer Ridgley, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University

  • Tanya Dupuis, Abigail Evans and Patrick Mayangi (Carleton University): The EU, the IOM and the Macedonian Corridor
  • Kelsey Norman (University of California, Irvine, U.S.): Domestic Effects of Global Migration Governance: Middle East and North Africa
  • Dorit Happ (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany): The UNHCR in Refugee Integration. External Governance and its Effects: Belarus and Ukraine

Session III. Residence Commons CO 208

Development and ‘Humanitarian’ Migration Management

Chair: Melissa Kelly, Borders in Globalization (BIG), Carleton University

  • Tara Askandari, Katherine Rychliski and Anna Sophia Vollmerhausen (Carleton University): The Humanitarian Case for Biometric Borders
  • Sarah Boelhouwer and Zachary Luksha (Carleton University): Managing Peace and Migration in Post-Conflict States
  • Tilmann Scherf (Free University Berlin, Germany): Humanitarian Border Management: IOM and the Ebola Crisis
  • Estelle Miramond (Université Denis Diderot, Paris VII, France): Humanitarian Detentions and Deportations. IOM Anti-Trafficking in the Case of Lao Migrants

2:30 p.m.       Break

2:45 p.m.       Concurrent Sessions IV and V

Session IV. Residence Commons CO 270-272

Deterrence. The Answer in an Age of Mobility and Refugees?

Chair: Tilmann Scherf, Collaborative Research Centre ‘Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood’, Free University Berlin, Germany

  • Jonathan Kent (University of Toronto, Canada): Deterrence and Australia-UNHCR Relations Since the 1990s
  • Paul Hodge (University of Newcastle, Australia): Crafting Resistance to Operation Sovereign Borders: NGOs, Advocacy Groups and Citizen Activism in Australia
  • Philippe Frowd (The University of York, U.K.): Expanding Border Management: a ‘Developmental’ Turn in the IOM
  • Christopher Graham (University of Massachusetts, Boston, U.S.): Security and Development: The Role of International Organizations in Migration Governance in Jamaica.

Session V. Residence Commons CO 274
Governance from Below and the Challenges of Climate Change and Global Inequality?

Chair and Moderator: Jay Ramasubramanyam, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University

  • Stefan Rother (Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany): Global Migration Governance from Below: Actors, Strategies, Discourses
  • Erin Newman-Grigg (Carleton University, Ottawa): IOM. Remittances and Returns as Development Policy?
  • Bruno Dupeyron (University of Regina, Canada): Environmental Migrants in the Americas: the Emergence of a Perplexing International Regime
  • Andrada Mihai (Carleton University, Ottawa): Governing the Inevitable: IOM’s Leadership on Climate Migration Policy Making

4:45 p.m.       Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Martin Geiger, Dept. of Political Science and EURUS, Carleton University

Martin Koch, Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld (GER)

We are grateful for the financial and in-kind support received from: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Borders in Globalization Project and the Impact Hub Ottawa, as well as from the following entities at Carleton University: the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA), Office of the Vice-President Research and International (OVPRI), Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Department of Political Science, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and ‘Policy Talks’ (podcasts produced by students and alumni at Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Communications program).