26 June: Conference Panel “Governing Transnationalism: New Actors of Diaspora Engagement”, IMISCOE Annual Conference, University of Geneva

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Date(s) - 26/06/15
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

University of Geneva, Switzerland


IMISCOE Annual Conference, 25-27 June 2015, University of Geneva


Governing Transnationalism: New Actors of Diaspora Engagement

Chair: Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO); Co-chair: Özge Bilgili (Maastricht University); Discussant: Melissa Siegel (Maastricht University)


This panel focuses on ‘Governing Migrant Transnationalism’ with an open approach to exploring the different scales and sites, as well as different actors, and forms of organization and structure involved in governing (and resisting governance) in connection to migrant transnationalism. Interest in issues of ‘governing migrant transnationalism’ relate to the local and urban levels of both migrant origin and settlement countries, but also to the state-level, for instance with regard to the transferability of welfare related rights, citizenship laws and diaspora engagement policies. Access to equal rights and opportunities in employment and education, dual-citizenship rights, transfer of pensions or transnational health care services are some issues we would like to tackle from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the issue of ‘governing transnationalism’ may also be approached in terms of individual migrants and non-migrants experiences of governance in relation to their transnational identifications and practices, at different scales and in different geographic locations.


  • Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam), “Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe and the Role of International Recruitment Agencies”
  • Dangis Gudelis (Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius), “Segmenting Lithuanian Diaspora Professionals: Value Orientations, Involvement and Diasporic Activities, and Ties with Lithuanian as Key Variables”
  • Özge Bilgili and Ilire Agimi (Maastricht University), “Governing Transnationalism through City-to-City Partnerships: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges”
  • Huey Shy Chau (University of Zurich), “Governing Transnational Care Work: Live-In Care Arrangements in a Grey Area”

Conference programme.