Finished Summary Workshop “Trust undermined concerning acceptance of refugees in Western Europe” (Oct. 2)


Category: Workshop

Research Group: A03 Migrants & Refugees

A03″Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building” will hold a workshop “Trust undermined concerning acceptance of refugees in Western Europe” with Research Group “History of Colonial Empires and Transnational Networks” . 

Presentation: Hideaki SEKINO (Meiji University, A03 Co-investigator)
                                  “Politics of inclusion and exclusion on acceptance of refugees in Germany
                                      : Crossing sexism and racism”
Commentator: Chikako HIRANO (Musashi University)
Moderator: Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA, A03 Principal Investigator, Area Organizer)

Language: Japanese
Venue: Online(Zoom), Open to Public, Admission Free, Pre-registration required


In this workshop, I made a presentation that clarified in what way racism, sexism, and border control were specifically connected in recent German immigration policies.
    Germany, whose “culture of tolerance” concerning acceptance of Muslim refugees attracted worldwide attention because of “refugee crisis” in 2015, has attempted political reform to become a state of immigrants appreciating liberal values since the 2000s. Some pointed out the policy resulted in the change of German ethnic homogeneity and the elimination of racism, but others found that racism derived from colonialism, which has claimed few attention, remains deeply rooted. This presentation revealed the relation between “tolerance” and racism over the acceptance of migrants in Germany. Concretely, I gave a report that Germany’s reform in the policies into the acceptance of migrants not only accelerated the integration of migrants but also reinforced immigration “detention” and deportation policy, and that the “detention” and deportation policy complicated the division concerning race and gender and the structural inequalities on human rights.
    Chikako Hirano, the commentator, gave thought-provoking comments on the acceptance of migrants and racism in Germany compared with those in France and we also received some questions from the floor. The workshop had a worthwhile discussion about trust building with migrants and refugees.
(Hideaki SEKINO, uploaded on Nov. 12, 2021)

-Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A)
      “Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building” (Principal Investigator: Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA) Project Number: 20H05826)
-Research Group “History of Colonial Empires and Transnational Networks” (Representative: Chikako HIRANO (Musashi University) )

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