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Summer School in Basque Country, Oñati, under the umbrella theme ‘Minorities as Citizens’

As in the years before, the Summer School 2022 pursued again a multi-disciplinary approach and looked at its umbrella theme from different perspectives: the legal definition of citizenship, political representation, collective mobilization, transnational frameworks and minority representative bodies were some of the topics adressed in the course of the intensive 8 days programme. The venue, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, embedded in the border region of Oñati, turned out as the perfect spot to gain more expertise in the field of minority studies.

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New Federal Government Commissioner Natalie Pawlik visits the ECMI

ECMI Chairman Prof. Jørgen Kühl,  ECMI Director Prof. Vello Pettai and Dr. Martin Klatt, Senior Researcher and Head of the German-Danish Minority Issues Cluster at the ECMI, welcomed Natalie Pawlik in the historic conference room of the HQ building in Flensburg today.

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ECMI Minorities Blog. Events in Tajikistan’s Pamir – A Vicious Cycle of Unresolved Conflicts?

Aziz Berdiqulov

In 2022, Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Region saw several demonstrations of the non-recognised Pamiri minority. The government, unsurprisingly, reacted with force: the internet was shut down in the whole region, many local leaders were detained and persecuted. This is not the first time that confrontation between Pamiris and governmental representatives appointed by the capital Dushanbe takes place, with similar events happening in 2012, 2014, and 2021. In this blog piece ECMI Researcher Aziz Berdiqulov looks more closely at those events, puts them in a long-term perspective, and offers a possible way out of the fatal cycle of tensions.   

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ECMI Minorities Blog. Russian Migrants in Central Asia – An ambiguous Reception

Aziz Berdiqulov

One of the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the imposition of western economic sanctions on the country and further autocratization of its political system. Both factors have resulted in a significant outward migration of Russian citizens, with Central Asia being one of frequent destinations due to the geographic proximity and widespread use of Russian language. At the same time, for many Russians the region remains a terra incognita, perceived primarily through the presence of the Central Asian labour migrants. In this blog piece, ECMI Researcher Aziz Berdiqulov examines this recent phenomenon by discussing specifically the cases of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as receiving countries, through the prism of different initiatives addressing the influx, social attitudes concerning the newcomers and reactions of the Russian minorities present there. Furthermore, the author tries to assess whether the new situation has the potential for changing the hitherto pattern of relations between Russians and Central Asians.

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