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CES, SIS organises Young Scholar's Conference (Hybrid Mode) on "The EU and Migration: Challenges and Responses"

CES, SIS organises Young Scholar's Conference (Hybrid Mode) on "The EU and Migration: Challenges and Responses"

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CES, SIS organises Young Scholar's Conference (Hybrid Mode) on "The EU and Migration: Challenges and Responses"
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Young Scholar's Conference
(Hybrid Mode)

"The EU and Migration: Challenges and Responses"

05-06 March 2024
Hall no. 344, SIS-II, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Organised by
Jean Monnet Module "Migration Issues in the European Union”
Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Concept Note:
Migration stands as a dual-edged reality for the European Union (EU), embodying both necessity and challenge. On one hand, demographic shifts, characterized by an aging population and declining birth rates in several EU member states, underscore migration's vital role as a demographic necessity. The arrival of migrants contributes to economic vitality by addressing labour shortages and fostering innovation through diverse skill sets. Moreover, migration is intrinsic to the EU's commitment to humanitarian principles, providing refuge to those fleeing conflict and persecution. Conversely, migration presents formidable challenges. The complexity lies in balancing the economic benefits with the imperative to ensure social cohesion and cultural integration. The EU grapples with devising comprehensive policies that address the concerns of both host populations and incoming migrants. Security considerations, particularly effective border management, add an additional layer of complexity, demanding a delicate equilibrium between openness and vigilance. Political landscapes within the EU reflect this dichotomy, with divergent opinions shaping public discourse and policy formulation. In negotiating this intricate terrain, the EU evolves, recognizing migration as a dynamic force that necessitates nuanced, adaptive, and inclusive solutions. Major themes for the conference include but are not limited to, the following areas:


Integration and Social Cohesion
Border Control and Security
Refugee Crisis and Asylum Policies
Nationalism and Populism
Burden-Sharing and Solidarity
Economic Impact and Labour Market
Human Rights and Treatment of Migrants
Indian Migration and the EU

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.