Migration, Citizenship, and Democracy

This three-year series of workshops seeks to rethink the concepts of democracy and citizenship, the changes to the empirical and normative landscape brought about by global migration, and the ethical dilemmas that these changes entail.

The research group is co-organized by four institutions:
- Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University;
- Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility at the New School;
- Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity;
- Research Group "The Transformative Power of Europe" at the Free University.

The first workshop in Berlin in August 2017 addressed the following themes:
1) Global Migration and Justice; 2) Immigrant Integration and Education; 3) Global Migration Governance; and 4) Membership and Belonging in Transition. It was opened by Professor Stefan Gosepath’s keynote address on the Moral and Political Duties to Aid Refugees.

The second workshop was hosted at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University in March 2018. It addressed three central topics: 1) Concepts of Mobility and Migration; 2) Citizenship in a Paradigm of Mobility and De-centered States; and 3) Global Governance of Migration and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees. Professor Ayelet Shachar delivered the keynote address on Shifting Borders of Justice: Territory, Market, Migration.

The steering committee is composed of Danielle Allen (Harvard University), Ayelet Shachar (MPI MMG Göttingen), Alexander Aleinikoff (The New School) and Liav Orgad (WZB/EUI/ISC).