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This panel offers a critical examination of the singularities and complexities of living in the EU's ultra-peripheral regions. We invite reflection on what are the implications of being an "European" in an ultra-peripheral region and on how policies are put into practice in different contexts.
In the European arena, ultra-peripheral regions are represented by several overseas territories that are part of the European Member states (i.e. France, Spain, Portugal) located at great distances from the main "old continent". Most of them are insular regions or archipelagos and are often facing difficulties related to migration issues, economic development, environmental problems or linguistic pluralism, etc.. All this in a context that proposes a European model that hardly correspond to the local problematics. Considering that we are at a turning point in the European "construction" that is torn apart between an enlargement process and a "scheduled redrawal" (Brexit), this panel offers a critical examination of the singularities and complexities of living in the EU's ultra-peripheral regions. Proposals that address one or more of the following themes are most welcome: Different meanings of "European" identity within the European borders and in ultra-peripheral regions; Migration issues in the "other" Europe territories; Health and care practices within European "borders"; Education and "context" between ruptures and continuities; Local and national policies and politics of European norms and regulations ; Dialogue(s) between centre and periphery.