Understanding Migrant Legal Adaptation in Non-Western Migration Regimes: From Empirical Research to Theory Development
This is a workshop hosted by the Sociology of Law Department at Lund University. The overall purpose of the proposed three-day workshop in Lund, Sweden, is to create a new research network on non-Western migration regimes.
The workshop has been postponed until August 24-26
The workshop is conceived as a critical reflection on the dominant migrant legal adaptation and integration frameworks (e.g. assimilation, acculturation, and integration) which were originally constructed with reference to the experiences of immigrant communities in Western-style democracies. While these dominant frameworks provide useful insights, they remain insufficient to fully understand the complexity and diverse patterns of immigrant adaptation in non-Western migrant-receiving contexts (e.g. Russia, Malaysia Singapore, Turkey, and the Gulf States) which are characterized by non-democratic regimes and weak rule-of-law.
With this in mind, the proposed two-day workshop in Lund has two main goals. First, it will provide new empirical evidence on migrant legal adaptation and integration processes in non-Western migration regimes. In particular, we are interested in the way how migrants build a relationship with the law and informal ‘legal orders’ in weak rule-of-law migrant-receiving contexts. Second, we aim to advance new theoretical insights on migrant legal adaptation and integration. In particular, our ambition is to move beyond empirical and area studies approaches and build a new research agenda and network on migrant adaptation non-Western migration regimes.