Young Scholar's Conference
"The EU and Migration: Challenges and Responses"
05-06 March 2024
Hall no. 344, SIS-II, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jean Monnet Module "Migration Issues in the European Union”
Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
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: