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Going west and east: Thinking about the Enlargement of the EU and the movement and migration of People -- Report from Villages in Bulgaria

2011-2-24 (Thu) 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

GLOCOL (The Global Collaboration Center) will hold a seminar, "Going west and east: Thinking about the Enlargement of the EU and the movement and migration of People -- Report from Villages in Bulgaria" on Thursday, February 24.

Formerly communist European countries, now capitalist, have joined the European Union (EU) since 2004, causing the EU to grow larger in the east. Around the same time, with the outflow of people from new member countries, former Eastern European nations, to the Western Europe, countries such as the UK, France, and Germany, immigration has become a prominent issue. Research and study in various fields is being conducted regarding this issue.

In villages in Bulgaria, where the lecturer MATSUMAE Moyuru, associate professor of Morioka University, conducted research, the number of people leaving Bulgaria to work in EU member nations, including Italy, Greek, and Spain, has increased since around 2000. Middle-aged women going abroad to work is on the rise because there is a great demand in medical care as well as construction and farming.

Focusing on the movement to and from villages in Bulgaria (which joined the EU in 2007), this seminar will discuss what participation in the EU has brought to those villagers and the impact of such movement and migration on local communities.

A second topic the seminar will take a look at is recent trends in research about EU expansion and people's movement and migration, including on the spot viewpoints. We will also discuss what has been overlooked in policy debate and general discussion.

There is no fee charged for attending this seminar.

In cooperation with: Global COE Program "A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities," Osaka University


Date: 2011-2-24 (Thu) 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University
Venue: Conference Room B, Icho Hall, Suita Campus, Osaka University
Registration: Not necessary.
URL: http://www.glocol.osaka-u.ac.jp/research/110224.html
Contact: Osaka University Global Collaboration Center
jimu@glocol.osaka-u.ac.jp

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