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University of the Highlands and Islands professor to explore two sides to migration

By Andrew Dixon

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Professor Philomena de Lima.
Professor Philomena de Lima.

A near capacity audience of 100 people will join a free public lecture with the University of the Highlands and Islands' professor of sociology and rural studies in Inverness today.

Internationally recognised Professor Philomena de Lima’s inaugural professorial lecture titled We are all Migrants will seek to challenge the current discourses which portray migrants as either taking jobs away from local people or as essential to addressing labour shortages and argues instead for the need to go beyond such binary positions.

She said: "In the last few years I have been pre-occupied with the ways in which international migrants have come to be singled out as ‘the other’ from all the other categories of migrants.

“In my lecture I will draw on my research and that of others, together with my own mobility trajectories to set out alternative ideas about migration beyond the usual instrumental views of migrants that we are used to hearing about in the public domain by exploring the ways in which we are all implicated in mobility and migration.”

The lecture is being held at Inverness College UHI from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

If you wish to ask about attending, email events@uhi.ac.uk

Related article: New professor of applied sociology and rural studies at University of the Highlands and Islands

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