ZAGREB, Oct 27 (Croatia Sun News) – An international conference on the globalisation of migration and xenophobia in the European Union took place in Split on Saturday. There, the “Demos Migrant Portal”, a database on migration and demography in three languages — Croatian, German and English — was presented.
The conference, which brought together researchers from Croatia and abroad, was organised by the Zagreb-based Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split.
Researcher Andjelko Milardovic of the Zagreb institute said that in the event that European Union criticised or sanctioned the policies of the Turkish government too much, one could expect a scenario of changes in migratory routes.
He warned about possible “social chaos” in the Mediterranean and the Balkans under that scenario.
Milardovic spoke about anti-migration political parties “as the children of the 21st century”. “This is a totally new type of political parties as reaction to the globalisation of migration,” said the Croatian researcher.
Branka Likic Brboric of the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) in Sweden, said that all in Europe needed migration, highlighting that the developed European countries need migrants as workforce.
She sees an anti-migrant climate as a smoke screen and said that it could lead to deepening inequalities inside and between countries in Europe and in the world.