International Conference on Migration

People on the move. Citizenship, identity and development

Mother Teresa University, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje, 20th May 2022


Call for papers

Regarding migrant status, inclusion in labor markets, and the conditions offered by host societies, there is already an increase in the treatments made in the literature and a continuously expressed academic and political interest. The most obvious way of highlighting the political arena through which the negotiation, governance, and determination of the migrant’s position are done is through the labor market and its institutions. In the host society and its labor market, a person’s position depends on and is directly influenced by nationality and/or ethnicity, legal status, gender, and age. It should be noted that little research has been done on the status, attitudes, and strategies of migrants who are not members of the European Union (EU), detained and employed across different EU countries, to integrate and succeed in the labor market of these countries. There has been a diversification—in recent years—of labor mobility from non-EU countries to EU countries—which has led to new trends of return and circular migration, meanwhile. New forms of mobility have influenced different notions to be challenged, such as: belonging, integration, identity, and (several forms of) citizenship. From all these developments—new complex forms and levels of migration—challenges have emerged in the established field of migration studies, such as re-evaluating the links between migration for employment, citizenship, identity, and integration.

In relation to this ongoing debate, this panel aims to contribute to this issue and proposes to join the studies that deal with: the transformation of the politics of labor migration; the concept of ‘migrant’; and their position in the labor market in the host companies—changing of their position in this labor market. The aim is to explore and analyze the formation of the citizenship of migrant workers—at the time of the austerity measures—which belong to countries outside the EU—highlighting the concerns of these migrants—often—unprotected. Then, the employment of labor migrants—in some EU countries—in order to be accepted and flourish in the host societies—focuses on the strategies and attitudes of labor migrants.

The discussions—which the panel intends to carry out—relate to migration flows (permanent, temporary, circular, and return)—at different levels—carried out with the motive of being employed. For example:

  •  The negotiation and expression of the industrial citizenship of migrant workers —how do they do it—e.g., in implicit and explicit, actions, attitudes, or behaviors?
  •  The global economic crisis and the EU labor markets: how has this crisis affected these markets? What strategies do migrants use to adapt to this situation?
  •  Trade unions and migrants: what are their strategies for organizing and representing migrants?
  •  Migrants and competitive labor market norms: what is the response of migrants to them?
  •  Migrants and the normative dimension of the host country: how does this dimension affect the inclusion of migrants in the host country’s society and the labor market? What are the migrant strategies of adaption?
  •  Migrants and governments: in order to encourage the migrant issue, what kind of measures and policies do governments take, etc?

The whole organization will be done in various workshops panels. Particular importance and attention from the panel will be given to reconfiguration and multi-dimensional analysis of the migration policy framework. This will be done by making the connection between policy-making and research—or by “putting into action words”. All this will influence the conference to become a multi-stakeholder and multi-scholars migration event.

At this Conference will be held presentations of papers in front of panels. Various scholars in the field of migration—with different disciplinary backgrounds—will be attracted by this Conference. This Conference aims to exchange and share research experiences and results—on all aspects of migration—of leading academic scientists, researchers, policy-makers, students, practitioners, and research scholars by bringing them all together. All of the above questions, we aim and plan to answer through a combination of empirical and theoretical work—but, papers in which there is the use of empirical approach (in disciplines where such research is done), are slightly more favored.


Topics of interest

  •  Labor migration
  •  Labor market segmentation
  •  Migrant strategies of adoption and integration
  •  Social networks and migration
  •  Citizenship, identity and migration
  •  Return migration and reintegration strategies
  •  Diasporas, social and financial remittances
  •  Diaspora, migration and media
  •  Brain drain, brain waste and brain circulation
  •  Feminization of labor migration
  • Gender, family and migration
  •  Migration and social policy responses

Paper Submission guidelines
If you wish to present a paper at the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 150-300 words to the organizing committee migration@unt.edu.mk Please subject the heading “ICMName_Surname” and attach abstracts. Submissions of full papers are expected by 30 September 2022.


Venue of the conference
Conference will take place at the campus of the Mother Teresa University in Skopje, str. Mirçe Acev no. 4, 1000 Skopje,, The Republic of North Macedonia Information on how to reach the MTU can be found HERE.



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After the agreed solution of the name dispute of our country and expected mutely acceptable solution between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, it appears that the region is on a way to overcome political stalemate thus opening a real prospect for region’s integration into the EU and NATO. Unfortunately, this positive trend is also accompanied by a phenomenon such as migration that produces serious demographic consequences that ultimately have an impact on the economy as well as on political stability and security.

This conference aim is to address the phenomenon of migration and integration as a parallel process, as a chance and as a handicap. Such an approach is self-imposing if we consider that the expectations are that the integration has positive effects on the economic development, on one hand, on the other hand, the emigration of a part of the population, most of them young, educated people, will have unprecedented negative consequences in many segments, such as in the sphere of economy as well as demography.

The region is already and will be more and more comforted with emigration coming from countries outside the continent, mostly through illegal channels which present a security threat.

The conference will welcome all the works related to this subject, as well as the interdisciplinary nature, which can help to deepen the theoretical and practical knowledge of this phenomenon, which can be a way of decision-making authority in the methods and approach to successfully manage this issue.