Urban areas in Europe and beyond have seen significant changes in patterns of immigration, leading to profound diversification. In places like Hackney, there are now people of more different national origins, religions, educational backgrounds, legal statuses and socio-economic backgrounds than ever before. This ‘diversification of diversity’ is now commonly described as ‘super-diversity’. Little is known about new patterns of immigration into such contexts.
This event will present findings from a 3-year ethnographic research project in Hackney, addressing some of the main issues faced by recent migrants. In particular, it will focus on so called ‘pioneer migrants’, people from unusual countries of origin who cannot ‘dock onto’ already existing communities for support.
The event will explore with the general public, policymakers and practitioners the findings of the project and will explain the concept of ‘super-diversity’ and the notion of ‘pioneer migration’. More specifically, it will address the main challenges faced by recent migrants, such as issues around the prohibition to work among asylums seekers, and processes of professional deskilling among migrants with a secure legal status.