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Invitation to the final FLOW conference: Global Flows of Migrants and their Impacts on North European Welfare States.

Invitation to the final FLOW conference

Global Flows of Migrants and their Impacts on North European Welfare States.


04.11.2021 kl. 12.00 - 05.11.2021 kl. 15.30


How can the welfare state handle challenges concerning migration?

Since 2018, an interdisciplinary research team of science and social science/humanities scholars has explored the effect of immigration on the developed North European welfare states and the possibilities for improving both the socioeconomic and the sociocultural integration of immigrants. A special emphasis has been on the consequences of climate changes for future migration flows. We invite stakeholders, professionals and scholars to discuss our results regarding managing migration flows and the ways in which the socioeconomic and sociocultural integration of immigrants may be improved in developed welfare states!


Aalborg University specializes in migration as a strategic research area. The university funded the project “Global flows of migrations and their impact on North European welfare states (FLOW)”, 2018 – 2021, with 1.2 million euros. The FLOW team consists of an interdisciplinary group of political scientists, sociologists, geographers, historians and education scientists, coordinated by Professor Christian Albrekt Larsen. Since the FLOW project start in 2018, we have analysed migrant flows into Northern Europe with a special emphasis on climate changes, patterns of socioeconomic and sociocultural integration and practices within education and labour-market policies.  

The FLOW project team have special expertise on migration issues in the Nordic context, especially in a Danish context. The members have unique access to and experience with Danish register and survey data on migration issues. All members of the FLOW project embrace the interdisciplinary approach – a hallmark of Aalborg University.


Insights from Three Years of Interdisciplinary Research in Migration and the Welfare State 
Christian Albrekt Larsen

Global Cross-border Mobilities and the Nordic Welfare State
Pauli Kettunen

Nordic Lessons from Managing Migration
Grete Brochmann

Immigration, Crises, and the Populist Right: From Class Solidarity to Cultural Solidarity
Ferruh Yilmaz

Talk with the Minister

Indvandringspolitik og fremtiden for den nordiske velfærdstat. Problemer og muligheder i de socialdemokratiske visioner.
[The future of the Nordic welfare state and migrant politics – problems and possibilities in the Social Democratic visions].

Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye in discussion with professor and expert in welfare state politics Jørgen Goul Andersen.

Seminar sessions on FLOW results

Presentation and discussion of findings in dialogue with scholars in the research fields who participate with responding papers which also present their own research. Also stakeholders from relevant organisations with an academic background could be an option, e.g. as commentators of results.

Panel 1: Understanding current and future flow of immigrants into Northern Europe.
Organized by Carsten Kessler & Lanciné Diop-Christensen

Panel 2: Northern European public debates and opinions towards migration and integration. Organized by Troels Fage Hedegaard & Mette Buchardt

Panel 3: The labour market integration of immigrants and the discursive construction of migrant workers in Denmark. Organized by Thomas Bredgaard & Trine Lund Thomsen

Panel 4: Frontlines of socio-cultural integration of immigrants in the Nordics: Early integration efforts. Organized by Karen Nielsen Breidahl & Nanna Ramsing Enemark

Panel 5: Educational integration and roads to the labour market in Denmark
Organized by Jin Hui Li & Rasmus Lind Ravn

Panel 6: Narratives about migration and the future cohesion of the welfare state. Organized by Martin Bak Jørgensen & Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen

MIX – Centre for Displacement, Migration and Integration Studies

Opening of the new Migration and Integration Center at Aalborg University.

Advantages and disadvantages of interdisciplinary research.
Rector of Aalborg University Per Michael Johansen

Future research on immigration, displacement and integration at Aalborg University.
Kristian Kriegbaum

Time schedule

Thursday 4 Nov. 2021

12.00 - 12.15 Opening by Mette Buchardt
12.15 - 13.00 Keynote 1
Christian Albrekt Larsen: “Insights from Three Years of Interdisciplinary Research in Migration and the Welfare State”
13.15 - 13.30 Break
13.30 - 14.30 Panel 1 & Panel 2 (parallel sessions)
14.30 - 14.45 Break
14.45 - 16.15 Panel 3 & 4 (parallel sessions)
16.15 - 16.30 Break
16.30 - 17.30 Keynote 2
Pauli Kettunen: “Global Cross-border Mobilities and the Nordic Welfare State"

Friday 5 Nov. 2021

10.00 - 11.00 Keynote 3
Grete Brochmann: “Nordic Lessons from Managing Migration”
11.00 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.15 Keynote 4
Ferruh Yilmaz: “Immigration, Crises, and the Populist Right: From Class Solidarity to Cultural Solidarity” 
12.15 - 12.45 Lunch
12.45 - 14.00 Panel 5 & 6 (parallel sessions)
14.00 - 14.15 Break
14.15 - 15.00 Talk with the Minister
15.00 - 15.30 Official opening of the new research centre followed by a light reception


Please register by this link by 27 October 2021 (free of charge. First-come, first-served basis, limited number of seats available). Specific questions can be emailed to Julie Skibsted Larsen.


The Global flows of migrations and their impact on North European welfare states (FLOW) project, Aalborg University


Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus, A.C Meyers Vænge 15

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