Modern Migration: Breaking Mental Borders

University of Education, Weingarten, Germany

Akademie - für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung an der PH Weingarten

University of Education
Kirchplatz 2, 88250 Weingarten, Germany

Modern migration has become one of the unexpected challenges of the contemporary world in which a large number of people leave their countries in order to improve their social and economic situation, or secure basic needs.

Since 2015 over one million people from war torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ukraine, to name only a few, have left their homes in search of a safer environment. Also, economic migrants from countries that are unable to offer its people a livelihood, make up another large portion of people on the move that at the inter and intracontinental levels have absorbed a large number of migrants. The challenges that follow are significant since they have the potential to destabilize the political harmony, and economic well-being of host countries. Since the mass migration of people is easier today than it has ever been, due to modern technology, these current events are likely to increase rather than decrease.

Most of the attention surrounding migration has been put on the needs of migrant people and the reasons for their move. The aim of this conference is to look at how migration affects not only those who feel the need to leave their homes, but also those who are sharing their space with new people. Most will agree that it is wrong to deny help to people in need, but what sort of effect does the influx of large numbers of strangers have on a community, or a country? And how does migration affect the stability of the homeland countries?

At this conference the questions addressed are:

  • What are the psychological effects, cycles and reactions to migration and how can policy makers approach these challenges so that inhabitants feel less threatened?
  • If integration is the key to reducing stress in a community, how can policy makers, teachers, and social workers support migrant people in this process?

This conference invites researchers, policy makers, and social workers to present their research from any of the disciplinary areas listed below. Participants are also invited to submit written papers for the accompanying conference proceedings scheduled to be published 15 February 2019.

As a means to develop practical steps in dealing with the challenges of migration this conference will end with the organization of inter-disciplinary work groups whose research should create solutions that could be implemented by policy makers. These research papers will be published in the post conference journal titled: Modern Migration – Solutions from an Interdisciplinary Approach.

Research Topics – 21st Century migration and:

  • Integration
  • Assimilation
  • Demographic and social changes in the 21st Century
  • Escaping war and poverty
  • Educational challenges
  • Islam and the West
  • Policies and law
  • Social organization
  • Homeland re-entry
  • Economics