3.6 International migration, mobility and rural regions
Corresponding working group convener: Tiina Sotkasiira, University of Eastern Finland, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Johanna Hiitola, University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
Issues of asylum, migration, humanitarian protection and integration/belonging are of growing interest to scholars conducting research in rural locations. The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars who are interested in migration as a key social process in contemporary rural change. The group invites papers, which highlight the multifaceted nature of mobility and migrant experiences. In addition, the group seeks to analyse different sites of belonging, where moral hierarchies of citizenship are formed, and explore rural regions as contexts, which can both open or hinder possibilities for belonging and participation. The working groups seeks to produce ethically sound research and methodology to deliver new information and original empirical data, which will be beneficial, not only in terms of its academic contribution, but also through its practical and welfare and migration policy relevance.