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CANCELLED!! Invitation to seminar on

CANCELLED!! Invitation to seminar on "Labour Migration in the Nordic Region and Beyond"

Unfortunately we have to cancel the research seminar on Labour migration and transnational families due to illness. The seminar will be rescheduled in Autumn.


01.03.2016 kl. 09.15 - 14.15


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In all Nordic countries, high and low skilled workers are increasingly in demand in many sectors for instance the health care sector and migration plays a crucial role in solving the increasing labour supply deficit. Studies on Labour migration have also demonstrated that transnational labour mobility drains certain sectors of professional workers. This is usually referred to as brain drain and care drain in relation to highly skilled workers. In this process of global labour migration and transnational family migration intertwines.

’From above’ and ’from below’ this seminar will focus on how Nordic, European and non-European migrants and their families in various ways are affected by migration regimes and labour regimes, as well as how migration challenge these regimes. The seminar will thus pay attention to how nation state labour market systems are affected by global and regional governance. For instance, how the Nordic societies and the migrant workers face challenges within various sectors. The Nordic region has different rules for family reunifications and acquiring residence and work permit. While EU and Nordic citizens have the right to free labour mobility inside EU, Denmark has for example very strict immigration legislation towards non-EU citizens.


09.15-09.30 Welcome by Trine Lund Thomsen and Marlene Spanger

Nicola Yeates, Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 
Health worker migration: global and regional governance perspectives



Niels Jul Nielsen, Associate Professor, The Saxo Institute, University of Cophenhagen
Migrants who settle - why and how? A discussion of strategies for settlement among Eastern European migrants in Jutland, and the conditions for it to take place

12.15-13.00 Lunch

Marlene Spanger, Assistant Professor, and Serena Vanotti, research assistant, CoMID, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University
Polish and Philippine migrant nurses the in Danish healthcare: Narratives of racialization and whiteness

13.45-14.15  Closing remarks by Trine Lund Thomsen, Associate Professor, CoMID, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University Labour migration