Recent Advances in Theory and Research on Migration: “ Mobility and the pandemic – a year later”

Associate Professor Roxana Barbulescu presents at CWR University of Warsaw Seminar.

Who moves and who does not move during the pandemic? Karolina Follis, in her talk will consider the contributions of the mobilities paradigm in sociology to understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on the movements of irregularised and marginalized populations, she will show how the restriction of movement exacerbated harm instead of alleviating it. Roxana Barbulescu, will focus on seasonal workers, who were classed as ‘essential workers’ and could migrate unrestricted to work when and where labour providers requested workers. She will discuss the win- win-win migration models in the context of renewed interest in temporary migration schemes and reflect on the condition of seasonal migrant workers in connection with global inequalities. 

The discussion will be moderated by Marta Kindler, WSNSiR and CMR University of Warsaw. 

Speaker biographies

Karolina Follis: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. She has written on border regimes, surveillance technologies and the ideas and practices of human rights. She is currently developing work on healthcare for migrants and refugees as the Principal Investigator of “Doctors within Borders”, a project funded by the Welcome Trust (2019-2021). 

Roxana Barbulescu: Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK. Her area of expertise focuses on migrant communities and practices of migration and mobility particularly in connection with migrants’ and refugees’ rights, citizenship, intra-EU mobility and migration control. She is currently working on two Economic and Social Research Council funded projects Feeding the Nation: Seasonal Migrant Workers and Food Security during COVID-19 Pandemic and Northern Exposure: Race, Nation and Disaffection in “Ordinary” Towns and Cities after Brexit

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