CfP: Normative Perspectives on High-Skilled Labour Immigration

Am 6. Juni 2016 findet in Frankfurt eine Konferenz zu normativen Perspektiven auf hochspezialisierte Arbeitsmigration statt. Wer teilnehmen möchte, ist aufgefordert bis zum 01. März einen Abstract einzureichen, die Details zur Anlage der Konferenz und zur Anmeldung findet ihr unter dem Strich.

CFP: Normative Perspectives on High-Skilled Labour Immigration

June 6th 2016, Goethe University Frankfurt

Confirmed speakers: Christian Barry (ANU) and David Owen (University of Southampton)

Convenors: Eszter Kollar (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Patti Tamara Lenard (University of Ottawa)

Jointly organized by the Normative Orders Excellence Cluster, Goethe University Frankfurt and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa


Political theory has considered the moral challenges posed by labour migration, as though all labour migrants present the same kinds of moral quandaries.  But, this is a mistake.  Whereas low-skilled labour migration is considered to be a benefit to the migrants, who gain opportunities in robust labour markets high-skilled migration is perceived to be a benefit to the receiving societies and subject to a global competition for talents.   As result, whereas low-skilled migrants are admitted on temporary contracts, and subject to significant rights-restrictions, participants in high-skilled labour migration programs are subject to targeted recruitment and wooed by states with easy access to citizenship.   Yet, high-skilled labour migration programs generate a range of specific normative challenges at the domestic and the international levels, and we aim to consider these in this workshop.

Questions that we will consider include: What are the normatively salient differences between high-skilled and low-skilled labour migration? What are fair terms of high-skilled labour immigration? What should count as morally permissible policies in the global competition for talents and skills? What conditions should be placed on high-skilled migrants while they fulfill the requirements needed to attain citizenship? What obligations do welcoming states have to high-skilled migrants? Is skills selective immigration justifiable? How can high-skilled labour migrants be protected adequately from labour market discrimination? What obligations, if any, do high-skilled migrants have towards source countries after immigration? What obligations do receiving societies have towards societies of origin as a result of high-skilled immigration?

Proposals for paper presentations of no more than 500 words should be sent to Eszter Kollar and Patti Tamara Lenard (, by March 1.  We will send notifications of acceptances by March 15.

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