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YAMEC Young Adult Mobility and Economic Crisis Network 27-28 FEBRUARY 2014, Lisbon, Portugal


WORKSHOP CONVENERS Joo Sardinha (Centro de Estudos das Migraes e Relaes Interculturais CEMRI, Open University, Lisbon, Portugal) Sandra Silva (Centro de Estudos Geogrficos, IGOT-University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE YAMEC Young Adult Mobility and Economic Crisis Network is a newly build Research Group of IMISCOE Research Network ( that aims to develop and implement a programme of research-related activities on the theme of young adult emergent mobility flows, options and characteristics as well as related employment and mobility policies and political decision-making impacting upon young people. The YAMEC Network sets out the following goals: Plan, prepare and implement focused meetings, workshops and conferences that bring together experts (from within and from outside IMISCOE) to work on the network theme; Plan and prepare publications from existing knowledge on network specific topics; Develop joint proposals for new research to be funded externally. The YAMEC Start-up Workshop will serve to debate both international migrations as well as internal migrations during times of economic recession. Within the scope of these trajectories, two central questions are at the forefront of analysis: - What are the compositions and profiles of migration stocks and crisis-influenced flows taking into consideration such variables as: labour market sectors and qualifications, legal status and visa categories, length of stay, age, gender, lifestyle paths, the use of modern technologies, among others? - How have policies (e.g. education, employment, social protection, diaspora politics) influenced mobility options? The workshop intends to observe the impact of new incoming/outgoing migrants on sending, receiving countries/regions and transnational spaces (remittance flows and uses; return migration; public opinion on the impact of the crisis and migration; level of social protection and access to benefits). We thus aim is to discuss what countries/regions/transnational spaces do crisisinfluenced migrants opt to move to and what factors are at play in the decision-making process. In relation to policy, we ask what are the responses at national/international levels in relation to specific migration contexts (integration measures and anti-xenophobia/anti-discrimination measures; return projects; political restrictions, among others)? Concerning the migrants themselves, we are interested in the construction of new communities and migration networks, as well as understanding the roles of networks and social capital when it comes to mobility options and forms of integration in the new environment, as well as the warmthof-the-welcome on the part of the host society.

YAMEC Young Adult Mobility and Economic Crisis Network 27-28 FEBRUARY 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
Equally of interest is the impact of possible brain drains in countries where labour markets cannot sustain the supply of qualified individuals, and, on the opposite end of that equation, the benefits of a brain gain in the case of societies where there is a shortage of qualifies labours to take up positions in the labour markets. Within the frameworks of the crisis-influenced mobilities, we are interested in observing different populations, including: first time migrants, twice migrants, as well as descendants of migrants or emigrant descendant returnees how do these different groups respond to worsening labour market conditions and what mobility options are available to them? What do the current crisisinfluenced migrants plan to do in the future and what might happen during recovery, mobility-wise? The workshop, therefore, will aim to bring together expert researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in the themes to be debated. The primary objective of the workshop is to act as a forum for scholars and interested parties to discuss and exchange their research on the aforementioned issues in order to enable a better understanding of the issues and to be able to compare and contrast case studies.

EXPECTED CONTRIBUTIONS We invite contributions that are based on empirical research (surveys, primary and secondary data analysis) as well as studies comparing the experiences of two or more (sending/receiving/ transnational spaces) countries and/or communities. Abstracts in English of no more than 500 words and include applicants name, affiliation and contact details should be submitted by October 21st, 2013 to the e-mail addresses of Joo Sardinha ( and Sandra Silva ( The selection of submitted papers will be made on the basis of quality and relevance. Those accepted to present at the workshop are required to submit full-length papers by the relevant deadline (see below). These papers will be circulated in advance of the workshop in order to efficiently use the discussion time during the workshop.

TIMELINE 21 October 2013: Deadline for submission of abstracts 31 October 2013: Notification of acceptance decisions 31 January 2014: Deadline for submission of full papers 27-28 February 2014: Workshop OTHER INFORMATION The workshop will take place on 27-28 February 2014 at the Centro de Estudos Geogrficos, University of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal. We have received a limited amount of funding from the IMISCOE Network that will allow us to cover accommodations and meal costs (two night stay, two lunches and workshop dinner) of selected participants as well as travel expenses not exceeding 200.00 euros. Additional travel expenses beyond this amount will be the responsibility of the participants. All details and questions regarding this workshop should be addressed to the workshop organisers.