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Panel 70. Integration, solidarity, hospitality: the sinuous links between migration and the city       


  • María Fernanda Stang, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez,


The relationship between migration and local and subnational governments has generated three main approaches at an international level: the impact of local policies on the “integration” of migrants in the city, the link between local migration policies and state regulations of the central government in this matter (Thayer et al., 2020), and the demands for rights coming from migrant organizations and groups towards local governments.

The topic that is proposed to be addressed in this panel brings together, in a certain way, these three lines, starting from the question of both institutional and informal practices of integration, inclusion, incorporation, accommodation, welcome, solidarity, hospitality, among other possible categories, with which the cities of the global North and South are linked to the migrants who arrive or cross their territories, and by the way in which these practices are related to the national regulatory and political frameworks regarding migration.

From the so-called “sanctuary cities” (Bauder, 2017) that emerged fundamentally in the Global North, conceived as spaces of protection for the refugee and irregular population through legal frameworks that allow a certain independence from the restrictive measures and policies adopted at the central level, or that even openly stress them (Garcés Mascareñas and Eitel, 2019), to limited local government programs that fail to permeate atavistic resistance to the presence of a certain foreign population. From programs that institutionalize solidarity “from above”, based on the actions of international organizations (Stefoni et al., in press), to informal practices of radical hospitality (Varela Huerta, 2019) that challenge migratory necropolitics in cities and towns crossed by caravanized migrants.

This panel seeks to highlight these heterogeneous practices, and disparate in their scope, regarding the link between migrants and the cities, both in the North and in the South, from a critical perspective that leads us to constantly question ourselves about the reasons that the presence of migrants in urban space has to be thought of in terms of integration (Gil Araujo, 2010). It also seeks to generate a comparative view, which generates bridges between knowledge located in these scenarios defined by the geopolitics of knowledge.

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