Language skills and international workshop on Migration and Informality when interns from Uzbekistan visit Lund
Both partner universities exchange academic staff, PhD students, master and undergraduate students within the Erasmus exchange programme.
Staff from the Sociology of Law Department, Matthias Baier, Rustam Urinboyev, Patrik Olsson and Isabel Schoultz, visit Uzbekistan regularly and give lectures on sociology of law and in turn, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy sends its academic staff and students to Lund every year.
Three students from Uzbekistan to Lund
This spring the Sociology of Law Department are hosting three exchange students from Uzbekistan as interns within this cooperation programme.
During their internship Sevara Usmanova, Sitora Raximova and Sherzod Toshpulatov will be using their language skills and translating a legal culture survey from English into Uzbek and Russian languages. The survey led by researchers Rustam Urinboyev and Matthias Baier is to be conducted during the spring 2018 in Tashkent city, Uzbekistan.
International workshop focuses on second category of migrants
The three exchange students also helped organise and served as assistants during the international workshop on "Migration and Informality in Central and Eastern Europe”, organized 26-27 March by the Sociology of Law Department, with the financial support of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
28 participants from all parts of the world visited Lund during the workshop, described here by the organisers:
Traditionally seen as “exporting” migrants to Western Europe and North America, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, along with the former USSR ones, have recently become important migration hubs and destination. Initial trends tended to see the region as strategic for outsourcing.
However, the improvement of the economic conditions, along with the recent refugee crisis has added a second category of migrants to the region. This has meant that, in addition to the skilled workers, the region has also witnessed an increasing amount of immigration from people with either low qualifications, no legal right to work or stay or simply missing the skills to quickly integrate into local job markets.
– The workshop was a very successful and discussions were very lively, says Senior Researcher Rustam Urinboyev.
The workshop hosted nearly 30 scholars, practitioners and journalists from different parts of the world, working at universities and civil society institutions in Japan, Australia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Finland, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany and the United States and resulted in a creation of new research network entitled “MICEE - Migration and Informality in Central and Eastern Europe”.
It was also agreed that the papers presented at the workshop will result in an edited book with either Routledge or Palgrave. They also agreed to have yearly meetings where network members come together, present research findings and initiate joint research applications and publications.
Migration and Informality in Central and Eastern Europe, March 2018