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Conferences and Workshops
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Conferences and Workshops

CGM is a platform for migration research at the University of Gothenburg and a link between research and actors in the private and public sectors, as well as civil society. In order to create these meeting spaces, CGM organizes seminars, workshops and conferences. Information on our current and previous workshops and conferences is available on this page. Information about upcoming events are also available in our Calendar.

Previous conferences and workshops

Spring 2020

CGM's workshop on Research Communication

27 February 2020

National workshop, organized by Centre on Global Migration (CGM) and the Swedish Research Council (VR).

CGM and the Swedish Reseacrh Council (VR) co-organized a national conference on research communication and how to best communicate politically sensitive topics such as migration and integration. Researchers and communicators from different institutions discussed challenges and opportunities within communicating research on migration and integration. Report and Results from this well appreciated workshop is available on the CGM website in Swedish.

Reserach Communication workshop Feb 2020
Photo: Golsa Nouri Hosseini
Reserach Communication workshop Feb 2020
Photo: Golsa Nouri Hosseini

Autumn 2019


Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies - OMICS

6-8 November 2019

International conference, organized by Centre on Global Migration and The School of Business, Economics and Law; University of Gothenburg.

Video (2:05)
OMICS 2019 Movie

Spring 2019

IMISCOE PhD Summer School, Istanbul, Turkey

9-14 June 2019

Studying Integration and Social Cohesion - Theory, Practice, Method and Ethics of Conduct

Organized by Centre on Global Migration and The Association of Migration Research, GAR.

Nationalism, Racism and the Story of Sweden

May 23, 13:00 - 16:00

Organized by CGM and the Västra Götaland Region's Intercultural Research council. Half day conference directed primarily towards civil servants.

Hearing on the UN Global Compact for Migration

May 16, 08:30 - 13:30

Co-organized with Mistra Urban Futures and the City of Gothenburg.

In a globalized world, migration is an inextricable part of social, cultural, economic, political and technological transformations.

More people in more parts of the world migrate or seek to migrate today than ever before, and mobility itself has become an important stratifying factor. Consequently, migration has a huge impact on a large number of people's living conditions.

The number of international migrants in the world reached 258 million in 2018. This number is expected to grow as migration pressures, created by the development gaps between poor and rich countries, fuelled by the process of globalization and demographic dynamics, will result in further migration.

Wars and violence continue to displace people across borders and within their own countries. Also, internal migration from rural to urban settings is evident in the explosive growth of major cities across the globe, with implications for urban environments, development and poverty.

As a result, there is a growing interest from governments, organizations, civil society, the private sector and many other groups affected by migration, to look further into how the benefits of migration can be maximized, while minimizing its negative effects.

In December 2018, 164 nations adopted a pact to understand and manage global migration as a joint endeavour. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is the first intergovernmental agreement that covers all dimensions of global migration, from countries of departure to countries of arrival, and hence highlights migration as multi-national responsibility.

With its comprehensive approach to migrants and migration, the Global Compact for Migration provides both opportunities and challenges. The Compact must be implemented on many levels. This is to be done by states and local governments in co-operation and partnership with a wide range of non-state institutions and stakeholders. Likewise, new research is needed.

The purpose of this hearing is to bring together experts with insights of the GCM together with representatives from across these actors and sectors to discuss the impact and implementation of the GCM.

Among others, the following questions will be discussed: Why do we need a new international agreement on migration?
How does the GCM relate to the existing international legal system for refugees and migrants?
What are the challenges in implementing the GCM on the national and the local level?
What could the compact mean for the urban development of cities and regions in Sweden?
What tangible difference will the compact make in the lives of migrants or the communities that host them?

8.30 - 9.00
Coffee and registration

9.00 - 9.15
Welcome and introduction

9.15 - 9.45
The Global Compact and international migration law: is there an added value? Professor Gregor Noll, University of Gothenburg

9.50 - 10.20
Local and regional challenges related to integration and introduction of newly arrived immigrants.
Birgitta Guevara, Immigrant Integration Department, County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.

Short health break

10.40 - 11.10
The Global Compact for Migration: Opportunities and obligations for the social and environmental sciences,
Professor Ellen Percy Kraly, Malmö University and Colgate University, NY.

11.15 - 12.15
Panel with speakers, together with Helen Holmström. Moderator Andrea Spehar

12.15 Light lunch, mingle

Lecturer: Gregor Noll, Department of Law, University of Gothenburg
Birgitta Guevara, Immigrant Integration Department, County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland
Ellen Percy Kraly, Malmö University and Colgate University, New York
Moderator: Andrea Spehar, Centre on Global Migration

Date: 5/16/2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular science, Social Sciences , Sustainable development, Diversity, Economics and Law , Cooperation

Organizer: CGM, Mistra Urban Futures, City of Gothenburg

Location: Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Event URL: Read more about A Global Compact for Migration: What's next?

Number of seats: 100 (Of which 75 are booked)

Video (04:58)
Interview with the speakers
A global Compact for Migration

Gender and Education in a Local and Global Context – Turkish and Swedish Perspectives and Beyond

25-27 april

Workshop i Istanbul, Turkiet.

Organized by CGM, Department of Sociology and Work Science (GU), University West, and Sabancı University, Turkry.

Make Your Own Passport - at the International Science Festival Gothenburg

2-7 April

CGM took part in the International Science Festival with Make Your Own Passport by Tintin Wulia, in both the school programme an the public programme at Nordstadstorget. Approximately 400 people took part in the performance/workshop during the festival.

Organized by Centre on Global Migration with Globala Tanter and the  International Science Festival Gothenburg 2019.

Workshop: Make Your Own Passport 2019

Autumn 2018


International Migrants Day - Dialogues in Academia and Practice

December 18, 09:00 - 16:00

Seminar day with a focus on inclusion/exclusion, integration and well-being of migrants in Sweden.

For the International Migrations Day on December 18th the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) arranged a full day of seminars and exhibition focusing on inclusion/exclusion, integration and well-being.

The event started with a welcome speech by Dr. Andrea Spehar, Director at CGM. The opening of the event was followed by seminar speakers: Branka Likic Brboric (Linköping University) discussed the changing role of Sweden as a role model in refugee integration, Norma Montesino (Lund University) spoke about the conceptualization of migration and refugees in Swedish Welfare Services and Anna Bredström (Linköping University) continued by discussing the so called "Healthy Migrant Paradox".

A panel discussion was carried out during the afternoon including representatives from IM Swedish Development Partner and The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, FARR, and followed by an open fair with different (student)organisations presenting their work.

The aim of the event was to gain insight on current multidisciplinary discussions from both academic and practical perspectives and make connections with students and student organizations working directly with these issues.

The event was organized by Rachel Bulgach (Linköping University), Elisabeth Pavez Bravo (University of Gothenburg) and Womma Habiba Hira (University of Gothenburg) - students doing internship at the Centre for Global Migration.

Identity Among Youth in the Suburbs- Living Between Two Cultures

29 November, 08:00 - 12:15

Conference for employees within the Gothenburg Municipality/Västra Götaland Region, especially those working with youth in affected suburbs.

Organized by Centre on Global Migration and the City of Gothenburg.

Make Your Own Passport at Gothenburg Design Festival 2018

27 October

Organized by Centre on Global Migration in collaboration with Academy of Art and Design (HDK-Valand) and Göteborgs Designfestival.

Spring 2018


Multilingualism and Migration: Education/schools and language politics

15 May 2018, 10:00 - 18:00

A multidisciplinary full-day workshop on multilingualism and migration with presentations from researchers active in the field. This includes researches from Gothenburg University, from other Swedish universities, as well as international experts.

Keynote speakers: Marilyn Martin-Jones, School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK; Christopher Stroud, Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research, University of Western Cape, South Africa

The Network for Migration and Urban Development – What can we learn from the OECDs recommendations?

2 May 2018, 10:00 - 16:00

Together with Mistra Urban Futures and the City of Gothenburg the CGM hosted a network meeting on migration and urban development. The meeting is a follow up to a workshop that was held in May 2017 and discusses what lessons can be learned from the 2018 OECD report “"Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Gothenburg".

In april 2018, OECD released a report that gives a territorial approach to migrant integration and highlights the role of local authorities. A total sample of 72 European cities has been analysed for the report. One of them is Gothenburg, which also has been the object of an in-depth case study.

The report examines: 1) what are the actual challenges that affect migrant and host communities on the ground; 2) what cities do as focal spots for refugee and migrant reception and integration; and 3) what can be learnt from existing experiences.

Workshop on Religion, Multilingualism and History - Past and Present Perspectives on Migration

12-13 April 2018

In addition to the international workshop lead by the Humanities faculty at the University of Gothenburg, a public panel discussion was held at Frölunda Kulturhus on the 12 april 18:00 - 20:00.

Arranged by the Centre for Global Migration and Frölunda Kulturhus.

Research Platform – Theme Migration and Health: The significance of migration backgrounds for completing schooling.

27 March 2018, 8:45 -15:00

The platform aimed to bring together researchers and practitioners in the Västra Götaland’s region on the theme of migrant childrens’ and youths’ health and educational needs.

Arranged by the Centre for Global Migration and Region Västra Götaland

Autumn 2017


Dialogue Workshop on Knowledge Gaps in Migration Related Practice

29 November 2017

International and Swedish research funders alike are putting more and more emphasis on the importance of actively involving target groups and relevant stakeholders in research projects.

The aim of this seminar was to discuss how we can increase and develop the knowledge within the area of migration and integration, and especially how to make it relevant for both theory and practice. What are the challenges and research needs from a practical point of view?

Representatives from organizations and authorities who work actively with migration related challenges in the city of Gothenburg discussed knowledge gaps and research needs which they have identified in their daily work. 

PARSE conference: Workshop on transdisciplinary global migration topics

17 November 2017

Center on Global Migration and Parse jointly organized a workshop on transdisciplinary global migration topics during Parse Conference 2017. The four themes of the workshop were a) Privatisation and Projectification of Migration. b) Heritage, borders and conflicts. c) Expressions, representations of migration in pedagogy, art, and media. d) Self-organisation and non-governmental organisation in relation to migration and artistic practices.

Application Seminar – How to make Common Research Applications on Migration

4 October 2017

Workshop, Untold experiences of vulnerable refugees

23 September 2017

This workshop brought researchers, practitioners, community stakeholders and policy makers together in order to 1) develop an interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge exchange about the ’untold’, mainly ignored experiences of minority refugee populations; 2) form a highly needed international network among researchers working on these and similar topics; 3) establish dialogue channels between the scientific community, practitioners, community organizations and policy makers.

Co-organized with Uppsala University, The World Culture Museum and the Gilgamesh project.