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ICMS 2016 : Call for Paper 1st International Conference on Migration and Security: “Immigrant Influx and Cities”


When Nov 11, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Where Antalya/Turkey
Submission Deadline Jul 10, 2016
Notification Due Jul 20, 2016
Final Version Due Oct 1, 2016
Categories    immigration   syrian   city   urban

Call For Papers

Call for Paper
1st International Conference on Migration and Security:
“Immigrant Influx and Cities”

According to the data provided by United Nations, less than one third of the world population lived in urban areas in 1950. Today, more than half of the world population live in cities. By 2050, this ratio is expected to surpass 65 percent. There is no doubt that the basic factor behind this rapid urbanization is migration. In modern times, almost all migrations are rural-to-urban. This tendency applies for mass immigrations as well. The Syrian immigrants in Turkey, for instance, prefer urban environments rather than rural regions as long as they are not settled in refugee camps by the authorities and have a chance to make a choice. Currently, there are 2.7 million Syrian immigrants in Turkey and most of them (except the 10 percent who are located in temporary protection camps) are disseminated along urban areas.

Migration profoundly changes the social, cultural, economic and demographic structures of cities. The problems that emerge together with rapid massive migrations are twofold. On the one hand, there are problems which are caused by the deep changes in the established structures of the city along with immigrants’ influx; on the other hand, there are problems experienced by the immigrants per se. Together with massive influx of immigrants, the organically interconnected structures of cities, such as health, education, housing, work, production, consumption, transportation and security systems, go under pressure. This shapes the attitude of the host population towards immigrants. When the established resources of a city go insufficient, or any malfunction emerges, some xenophobic attitudes can develop as part of different types of social conflicts. The immigrants, on the other hand, face the harsh conditions of housing, health, education, training and working. The immigrants who undergo loss of orientations together with migration have important difficulties in adapting to the new urban environment, without ever knowing that they ultimately cause big changes in that environment. For these reasons, the local, national and international policies regarding immigrants are crucial. It is very important for local, national and international immigrant policies to be in harmony.

The 1st International Conference on Migration and Security, which is organized by the Center for Research on Immigration and Border Security (CRIBS) of Turkish Police Academy, will be held with the topic of “immigrant influx and cities”. The conference will focus on the massive immigrants who live in urban environments, and will be held in Antalya/Turkey, on 11-12-13 November 2016. The aim of the conference is to make contributions to the policies of massive immigrants, by means of exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge on the impacts of immigrant influx on urban structures. From this perspective, the conference will be open to contributions (which are directly related to the list of themes below) regarding the massive immigrants in general and the Syrian massive immigrants in particular. For this purpose, the conference will bring different disciplines and agents (academics; policy makers; journalists and experts) together to promote wide discussions and deep analyses on the topic.

The conference will give priority to the following themes (proposals irrelevant to the following list will not be taken in consideration):

- The housing and sheltering problems of massive Syrian immigrants
- The spatial distribution of massive Syrian immigrants
- Massive immigrants and the problems of spatial planning
- The temporary protection camps in Turkey
- The refugee camps in Lebanon
- The refugee camps in Jordan
- City administration and massive immigrants
- Policies and applications in European countries of immigrant relocation and resettlement
- Health problems of massive immigrants
- Education of massive Syrian immigrants
- Problems regarding the labor market in connection with immigrant influx (such as legislations about work; cheap labor; illegal workers and the informal economy)
- Massive immigrants and the financial/fiscal questions (such as taxation and administrative penalties)
- Urban poverty and massive immigrants
- Best practices regarding the solutions for immigrants’ health, education, sheltering and work problems

Important dates:

- Deadline for submission of the extended abstracts: July 10th, 2016 (the extended abstract should consist in around 600 words and should contain the title, objective, theoretical framework as well as the scope, method and findings of the research. The authors should attach their short bios, including email and mailing addresses, telephone numbers, names of their institutions, the title and keywords for their PhD (for those who hold a PhD degree) and their fields of interest in the extended abstract).
- The date for notification of acceptance: July 20th, 2016.
- Deadline for full text submission: October 1st, 2016
- The date and venue of conference: 11-12-13 November 2016, Antalya/Turkey.
- For any enquiries and questions regarding the program, please contact:

Conference contact:
The extended abstracts and full papers will be submitted to:
+90 (312) 462 9052 and +90 (312) 462 9060

Polis Akademisi
Göç ve Sınır Araştırmaları Merkezi Müdürlüğü
(Araştırma Merkezleri Binası)
Necatibey Cad. No: 108 Anıttepe/Çankaya/Ankara/Türkiye

Organizing committee:
General chair : Assoc.Prof.Dr. Coşkun Taştan
General co-chair : Asst.Prof.Dr. Ayşe Çolpan Kavuncu
General co-chair : Asst.Prof.Dr. Hasan Hüseyin Tekin
Member : Asst. Ömer Özkaya
Member : Asst. Sümeyye Torlak
Member : Asst. İbrahim İrdem

-The submitted full-text papers will be published in an edited book.
-No participation fee will be applied.
-The travel, transportation and accommodation costs will be paid by the organizing committee. The hotel will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks to all attendees (to the 1st author in the case of multiple authors) during all of the conference days.

We look forward to seeing you at the 1st International Conference on Migration and Security.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Coşkun Taştan.

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