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MMO Zoom Seminar - Iraqi Internal and External Migrations

Date: 17.12.2021
Start Time: 13.00
Place: Zoom
Organiser: Caspar, OtwartyKraków i OWiM - Obserwatorium Wielokulturowości i Migracji
Massive population displacements, both internally and internationally, have been consubstantial to the lived experience of Iraqis, mainly due to the war, civic unrest and attacks. This is especially the case for Kurds whose social and political persecution have shaped the development of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) since the 1980’s. This region is therefore a very interesting case to capture the complexity migration trajectories and temporalities. The main urban center of KR-I such as Duhoq represent on the one hand an economic attraction for other rural areas in the KR-I mainly affected by unemployment and a decline in farming productivity. On the other hand, the KR-I is perceived as a safe-haven, for Kurdish fearing or fleeing persecution, particularly for IDPs originated from Mosul and Baghdad. Furthermore, the geographical positioning of the KR-Is make the region a strategic stepping stone for further regular or irregular international migration towards Europe. Our research focuses on the dynamics from the point of view of the decision-making processes to migrate (either internally or internationally) or to stay in Duhok and Zakho. We thus explore motivations, aspirations and the role “urban neighborhood” in the migration chain, both with a local and international perspective, especially in relation to Europe as destination (perception and attractiveness of Europe).Our case study specifically focuses on Duhok and Zakho, which are the largest cities in Duhok province which is considered the trade gate between Iraq and Turkey. Seminar will be held in English. Seminar will be held at 3 pm Baghdad time and 1pm CET (Warsaw time)

The seminar is organized in the framework of the project FUME Future migration scenarios for Europe (Horizon 2020)”, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union. - Biograms of speakers and moderators: Basheer A. M. Saeed - head of the Department of Spatial Planning at the University of Duhok, Kurdistan region, Iraq. He is the holder of a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Design from the University of Maryland College Park, USA, a former consultant at the World Bank, and a former Director of the Department of Land Surveying at the Municipality of Duhok. He has urban and regional planning research experience in Europe, Middle East, Philippines, and the United States on various subjects including transportation and land use planning, human settlements, and rural urban migration. Lanciné Eric Diop – Assistant Professor at the department of Politics and Society, Alborg University, Denmark. Lanciné holds a Ph.D. in Human, Economic and Regional Geography (University of Paris X) and a Master of Science in Global Development (University of Copenhagen). Before joining Alborg university, he was a Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). His research focus on International migration drivers and policies of host countries, Migrants-native contacts and its consequence on integration. Lanciné has an extensive experience in conducting research in several European countries (e.g. France, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, Denmark), in few African Countries (e.g. Tanzania, Senegal) as well as in the middle East (e.g. Iraq). Konrad Pędziwiatr - Inspirator and coordinator of the Multiculturalism & Migration Observatory. Researcher of the Centre of the Advanced Studies on Population and Religion (CASPAR). Associate professor at the Department of Internation Relations (Cracow University of Economics) and associeted researcher in the Centre of Migration Research (University of Warsaw) specializing in the sociology of Islam, religious dimensions of migration studies and social movements in Europe and the Middle East. Author of numerous publications on Islam and migration. Dobrosława Wiktor-Mach – Researcher of the Center of the Advanced Studies on Population and Religion (CASPAR), coordinator of the Multiculturalism & Migration Observatory, assistant professor at the Department of International Relations at CUE. Member of the Committee of Sociology of Migration of the Polish Sociological Association. Research interests: social change and social movements in the Middle East, sociology of Islam, international migrations, socio-cultural integration of migrants.

Karolina Sobczak-Szelc – Assistant Professor at and the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw and the Centre for Advanced Studies of Population and Religion (CASPAR), Cracow University of Economics. In 2012 at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw she defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Migration of people of Southern Morocco versus changes of natural environment’. Earlier, in 2009 she completed MA studies in spatial economy, and in 2006 she graduated with a master’s degree in physical geography with honours, both at the University of Warsaw. She combines earth science, social geography, spatial development, and sociology to study forced migrations both in countries of origin and destination. Her knowledge of this subject is supported by numerous studies conducted in Poland and countries of MENA, particularly in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey. Currently, she is Principal Investigator in the project ARICA — A multi-directional analysis of refugee/IDP camp areas based on HR/VHR satellite data (2020-2023) financed by the National Centre for Research and Development and a key staff member in the project FUME – Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (2020–2022), financed by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. She was also Principal Investigator in the H2020 RESPOND Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in EU and beyond. Her main research interests include forced migration studies, integration of forced migrants, environmental migrations, and strategies of adaptation to environmental changes and limitations.

To join the seminar click the following Zoom Meeting link: Meeting ID: 899 4975 0471 Passcode: S3hK52

Wydarzenie można zaliczyć w ramach programu OSA:

  • Opiekun: dr Joanna Kulpińska
  • Liczba godzin OSA: 2 godziny
  • Forma zaliczenia: sporządzenie krótkiej notatki w języku angielskim lub polskim (max. 500-600 znaków), przedstawiającej główne zagadnienia omawiane podczas spotkania i przesłanie jej dr Joannie Kulpińskiej - notatki należy przesłać najpóźniej 2 tygodnie po spotkaniu. Należy również uzyskać podpis na karcie OSA.
W pierwszej kolejności wydarzenie kierowane jest do studentów migracji, ale mogą w nim uczestniczyć również studenci innych kierunków.