Coffee Hour: Alberto Cervone "International Migration and its management ..."

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:50pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

International Migration and its management. A problematic conflict of interests, fears, and humanitarian concerns


About the talk

International migration is one of the top concerns for the public and the governments of most countries. It is an unavoidable component of globalization, largely beneficial to sending and receiving nations, but it also exports to developed countries the insecurities of the developing world and challenges the persistence in their essential character of the receiving societies, producing big fears. These fears create negative attitudes toward immigration and a quest for restrictive policies by the governments, which cannot ignore the expectations of their citizens and the electoral impact of their actions, while have to take into consideration the conflicting economic interests and humanitarian obligations toward people escaping from persecution and violence, in an era of growing instability and refugees producing conflicts. My talk will examine the scope of the phenomenon, the reasons behind such fears, how governments try to shape their policies, the outcomes of these policies and how they are evolving, with a special focus on Europe. It will also mention how negative attitudes toward immigrants, in addition to produce attempts to prevent their arrival or to push them back, may determine unlikely assimilationist or divisive exclusionary approaches to their incorporation into receiving societies, with the risk of causing their segregation and dangerous phenomena of social alienation and radicalization.


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About the speaker


Alberto CervoneAlberto Cervone is a Rear Admiral retired of the Italian Navy. He served as Professor of Security Studies and Italian Defense Chair at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, from September 2008 to October 2011 and is currently Adjunct Professor at that Center. He served in the Italian Navy for 42 years. His last position in the Navy was as Program Manager of the newest Italian Aircraft Carrier, Cavour, worth $2 billion in fiscal year 2000 dollars. Before joining the Marshall Center he was Deputy Director of the Italian Institute for High Defense Studies, the educational institution of the Italian Defense dedicated to courses and seminars on security issues for Italian and foreign generals/admirals and senior civilian officials. In 2010 he earned a PhD in geopolitics from the University of Trieste, Italy, with a dissertation on “Security and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region.” His current main areas of interest are international migration and its nexus with security and criminal activities, counterterrorism and Mediterranean Security.



Angela Rogers