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Canada Room & Council Chamber, Queen's University Belfast

Lanyon Building

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Migration to the margin: a four-nation approach to race, immigration, and diversity in the UK (Queen's University Belfast, 25-26 April 2019)

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Debates about immigration and racial diversity are highly salient in the UK today. In an increasingly globalised world, and with the foreign-born population higher than ever before, it is vital that we research the experiences, contributions, and identities of immigrants and ethnic minorities. But whilst academic interest in this area should be welcomed, scholarly attention has tended to concentrate on certain locations. When we talk about immigration, we often focus on big cities, overlooking rural and outlying areas. Similarly, debates about national identity are framed around the notion of Britishness, which is commonly conflated to mean Englishness. How do these identities function in places such as Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff, where attitudes are conditioned by a multitude of local concerns and influences? A broad brush approach to complex concepts such as immigration and ethnicity can lead to oversimplification, presenting racial diversity as a phenomenon that occurs only in large urban areas. This conference aims to consider the influence of local and regional contexts, with a view to understanding the bigger picture.

The conference seeks to examine the varied attitudes and experiences that have affected the settlement of immigrants and minorities in the UK. Taking a ‘four-nation’ approach, the conference organisers welcome proposals from scholars researching topics relating to race, immigration, diversity, and identity in the UK.

Any queries should be directed to: migration2019@gmail.com

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