Who get to be European?

In this MIGMA seminar migration scholars will present their research on shifts and contingencies in the normative climate on migrants and migration, asking the question what counts as Europe Proper and who are considered Proper Europeans.

Angela Merkel - a central designer of European migration management. Photo: Wicki Commons.

Migration policies throughout Europe have shifted considerably in the last year. Expected levels of tolerance in Europe are not based on universal standards, but contingent on one's situatedness in hierarchies of Europeaness.

For some European nation states, to be strict on immigration is seen as being responsible. For other nation states, with similar policies, this may be considered intolerant.

This seminar will examine contemporary migration discourse in Europe from different vantage points, especially in contexts of how Europeans balance practices of inclusion and exclusion.


  • Coherent Selves, Viable States: Eastern Europe, Statehood and Migration  - Dace Dzenovska, Associate Professor Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford
  • Gender equality and homotolerance in bordering processes and citizenship politics - Christine M. Jacobsen, Professor and Head of Center for Women's and Gender Research at the University of Bergen
  • Pulling the brakeMay-Len Skilbrei, Professor Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo


Refreshments will be served.


Published Nov. 7, 2016 10:22 AM - Last modified July 5, 2018 9:06 AM