Public Symposium: Walls, Migration and Border Cooperation

Victoria, Canada | April 10, 2017

Walls, Migration, and Border Cooperation, Canada-EU: A Comparative Perspective

This public forum kicked off a new project on borders and migration at the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria funded by the European Commission through the Jean Monnet Programme and complemented the work of Borders in Globalization already underway there.  UVic received five new Jean Monnet grants in 2016, four of them are at the CFGS.  These grants explored important questions related to EU migration, integration, identity and border policies in an EU-Canada comparative perspective; the grants funded student research, field schools, and public outreach activities.  UVic continues to advance the integration of research and education through an interdisciplinary approach to European studies. Visit to learn more about how European Studies at UVic is exploring complex issues in the EU, including BREXIT, CETA, and the migration crisis.

This symposium featured two panels, one with presentations on cross-border mobility, cooperation and securitization in the context of the migration crisis in Europe; the other focused on borders, mobility and migration in the Canadian context and the Trump era.

Panel I: Border Cooperation and Migration in Europe featured speakers Martin Klatt (Southern Denmark University) on The “migration crisis” of 2015 and regional cross-border cooperation in the EU: realization of difference at the Danish-German borderMartin van der Velde (Radboud University Nijmegen) on Cross-border Mobility in The Dutch-German Border-region; and Oliver Schmidtke (University of Victoria) on The Migration-Border Nexus.

Panel II : Walls and Borders in Canada featured speakers Élisabeth Vallet (Université du Québec à Montréal) on Border Walls and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria) on Borders in Globalization: Early Findings.

The symposium concluded with a discussion, and was free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the EU Centre of Excellence, Borders in Globalization, and the Centre for Global Studies. This event was funded with support from the European Commission through the Jean Monnet action.

Public Symposium: Walls, Migration and Border Cooperation