67th AWR International Migration Conference

67th AWR International Migration Conference (Online)
9/10th February 2022, Conference Language: English
Online at Friedensau Adventist University (ThHF) in cooperation with

Technical University of Nuremberg Georg-Simon-Ohm,
Department of Political Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome and
University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)


Open for Registration and Final Program

Global Migration:
Trans-cultural, Trans-disciplinary and
Intersectional Perspectives


Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur. (TH Nuremberg Georg-Simon-Ohm / ThHF, Friedensau, Germany)

Aggreg. Prof. Luigino Manca, PhD, (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)
Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf (GJU, Jordan / FHWS, Germany)

The 2022 Conference “Global Migration” aims to cover current topics of migration from a trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary and intersectional perspective.

The term transcultural can be seen as “one of the most important and widely discussed conceptual keywords in the humanities and social sciences of recent years” and refers to the term transculturación by Fernando Ortiz in 1940 (König/Rakow, University of Heidelberg). The aim was to find a term that includes a dynamic concept of culture allowing a new cultural synthesis.

The transdisciplinary perspective invites researchers and practitioners from “different disciplines working jointly to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem” (Harvard University).

The intersectional perspective has originally been introduced by the black female lawyer Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. According to the concept people have a different experience of discrimination depending on their individual overlapping identities, such as being a woman, a person of colour, a person of age, etc.

The Association has its origins in the Association for the Study of the European Refugee Problem (AER), founded in 1950, and in 1961 merged with the Association for the Study of the World Refugee Problem (AWR), founded in 1954. As the first international research association in the field of forced migration, it is based on its international and interdisciplinary network and offers a platform for dialogue for scientists and practitioners.


Final Agenda

Wednesday, 9th February 2022

9.30 – 9.45       Virtual Welcome Coffee – Technical Support

9.45 – 10.15      Opening Ceremony and Institutional Greetings

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert

10.15 – 11.15    Key Note: “Exclusionary Intent and Effects in the Migration Area: Interdisciplinary Reflections”

Speakers: Dr. Constantin Hruschka, Christian Hunkler, Tim Rohmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law, Munich (Germany)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf

11.15 – 11.30    Breakout in virtual meeting rooms

11.30 – 13.00    Panel I –

Climate and Migration

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur.

“The Link between Climate Adaptation Measures and Human Rights of Migrants: States’ Legal Obligations and Standards of Conduct”

Dr. Gianfranco Gabriele Nucera, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

“Analysing National Responses to Environmental and Climate Related Displacement: A Comparative Assessment of French and Italian Legal Frameworks”

Francesco Negozio, PhD cand. Francesca Rondine, PhD cand., Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.15    Panel II –

Borders and the Pandemic

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf

“The Eroding of Asylum and Refugee Resettlement Policies in America: The Effects of the Trump Administration and Covid-19 from a Grass-roots Perspective”

Prof. Dr. Barbara Franz, Rider University, New Jersey (USA)

“Migration, pandemic and the prospects of the Schengen”

Dr. Réka Friedery, Institute for Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre of Excellence, Budapest (Hungary)

“Disrupting borders? Migration control politics, social movements, and Social Work”

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmelz, University of Applied Sciences Coburg (Germany)

15.15 – 15.30    Breakout in virtual meeting rooms

15.30 – 17.00    Panel III – Education and Resilience in the Context of Migration Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert

“Gender, Migration, and Education – An Intersectional Analysis of a Labor Market Integration Project for Women with Migration Background”

Prof. Dr. Sigrid James, Franziska Anna Seidel, Felia Fromm, Julian Trostmann, University of Kassel (Germany)

“Flight – Education – Resilience: The Art of Survival”

Prof. Dr. Joachim Schroeder, University of Hamburg (Germany), Prof. Dr. Louis Henri Seukwa, University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (Germany)

“Keeping up the motivation of students when the word resilience becomes meaningless – A case study of American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)”

Dr. Enakshi Sengupta, Vice President Dr. Victoria C. Fontan, Nasiruddin Nezaami, American University of Afghanistan, Kabul (Afghanistan)

17.00 – 17.15    Breakout in virtual meeting rooms

17.15 – 19.00    International Panel IV – Transforming International Social Work Education to Integrate Migration

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Hannah Reich (FHWS): Our education of today is our security of tomorrow: Transforming Social Work Education to empower Social Workers: Introduction & Moderation; Roberta Di Rosa (UNIPA): Challenges for Social Work in the field of migration; (moderation)

Challenges for Social Workers:

Maria Monti (Founder and President of Centro Penc Onlus, Italy: “The missing link in the practice of the migration field: Truly cultural-sensitive Social Work”

Rola El-Annan (I Be Institute/Indyact): “Social Work in Lebanon – challenges and demands for Social Work education”.

Suggestions for educational transformation:

Prof. Dr. Ute Belz  (Fliedener Fachhochschule Düsseldorf): “Personal Development in Social Work Education”

Prof. Nael Alami, PhD (Provost Modern University of Business and Science (MUBS), Lebanon, “Transforming higher education for the 21st century”

19.00 – 19.15    Conclusion of the Day, Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf

Thursday, 10th February 2022

9.30 – 9.45       Virtual Welcome Coffee – Technical Support,

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur.

9.45 – 11.15      Panel V – Vulnerable Migrant Groups

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur.

“Human Trafficking and Human Rights Violations”

Dietmar Roller, International Justice Mission (IJM), Berlin (Germany)

“Unaccompanied Minors and Barriers for Their Inclusion in the Cypriot Society”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Parlais K. Stavros, Frederick University, Nicosia (Cyprus)

“Migration and Refugees with Disabilities”

Dr. Friedegard Föltz, Friedensau Adventist University (Germany)

11.15 – 11.30    Breakout in virtual meeting rooms

11.30 – 13.00    Panel VI – Legal Perspectives

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Markus Babo

“Palestinian Refugees – Triggering the Inclusion Clause of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees”

Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf, German Jordanian University, Amman (Jordan)

“The Contribution of the UN Human Rights Council in the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants”

Aggreg. Prof. Luigino Manca, PhD, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

“The Global Northern Lens in Assessments of Sexual Orientation Asylum Claims in France, Germany, Greece and the UK”

Dr. Nicole Hoellerer, Raawiyah Rifath, Nick Gill, University of Exeter (United Kingdom), Jessica Hambly, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30    Panel VII – Country Related Analysis

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur.

“Refugees in Hungary before 1989: Waves, Trends, Legal Norms, Institutions”

Dr. Iván Halász, National University of Public Service (Hungary)

“Perceived Discrimination and well-being in the case of Romanian immigrants in Greece”

Dr. Delia Stefenel, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (Romania)

“They have better opportunities over there”: Rationalizing emigration of young family members by left-behind older family members in south-east Nigeria

Samuel Obinna Ebimgbo, Dr. Ngozi E. Chukwu, Prof. Dr. Uzoma Okoye, University of Nigeria Nsukka (Nigeria)

15.30 – 15.45    Breakout in virtual meeting rooms

15.45 – 17.15    Panel VIII – The Impact of the Pandemic on the Reception of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers: Social and Political Effects

Moderation: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roberta Teresa Di Rosa, Giuseppina Tumminelli University of Palermo (Italy)

“Working for and with Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children and Young People in Italy: Problems and Strategies from the Field”

Dr. Nicoletta Pavesi, Catholic University of Milan (Italy)

“Collaborative Methods and Tools in the Training of Social Workers in the Reception of Minors and Adult Migrants”

Dr. Tiziana Tarsia, University of Messina (Italy)

“Universities’ Third Mission: Some Critical Reflections on an Innovative Training and Support Programme for Voluntary Guardians of Unaccompanied Minors in Piedmont Region (in the Northwest of Italy)”

Ass. Prof. Elena Allegri, PhD, University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy)

17.15 – 17.45    Final Discussion and Closing Ceremony

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur., and Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf

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