CFP: “Unpacking migration in the Caucasus and Beyond” Regional Online Conference

When: September 27-28, 2022

Location: Online Zoom platform

Language: English

Sponsored: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

CRRC-Armenia is pleased to announce a call for papers for “Unpacking migration in the Caucasus and Beyond” regional online 2-day conference to take place on September 27-28. The conference is implemented in partnership with CRRC centers as part of the “Unpacking migration in the Caucasus: Evaluating what we know for action” project
funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

In the light of the ongoing geopolitical transformations, security and healthcare crises, migration is again becoming a key challenge in global affairs. Many post-Soviet states with high levels of outmigration flow face similar challenges. General lack of organized national communication, no centralized data, minimal online databases or digital tracking tools, and poor presentation and public availability are all common themes in gathering migration data in the South Caucasus region. Additionally, the transient and poorly documented nature of short-term labor and conflict affected migration pose not only administrative issues in collecting proper comparable statistics, but also create national and economic security challenges in the region, making data dissemination particularly difficult. While research in general shows that access to data is critical in understanding migration, disseminating such data must be done with caution and understanding of its implications. How to study migration in times of uncertainty? What can promote collaboration for networked action towards understanding migration? Can research and policy align to resolve challenges posed by migration?
The goal of the “Unpacking migration in the Caucasus and Beyond” conference is to bring together regional and international migration scholarship, expertise and practice to address issues related to data collection and evidence-driven policy making on migration. With the main geographical focus being the South Caucasus, the conference aims at ensuring knowledge exchange between the regional and the wider Eastern Partnership and global domains. The conference is to serve as a call for informed action advocating for a more efficient synchronization of migration research and data-driven decision making.

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