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Welcome to the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)

The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research center at the University of Osnabrück.

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Guest scholars at IMIS, photo: Jens Schneider

International guest scholars at IMIS

[24.10.2022] Since the end of September, after a break due to corona, IMIS is again hosting several international guest scholars. They come from Brazil, Canada, Austria, Russia, Syria, Turkey, the USA and Ukraine and are working at IMIS for three months to one year within the framework of various fellowships, including three fellowships of the FFVT project (Forced Migration and and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer). On October 6, a get-to-know-you meeting with all current guests took place in the IMIS courtyard. More information

Job Advertisement: Assistant Professor in Social Geography and Reflexive Migration Studies (W1 with tenure track to W2)

[4.11.2022] The School of Cultural and Social Sciences, Institute of Geography at Osnabrück University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (m/f/d) in Social Geography and Reflexive Migration Studies (W1 with tenure track to W2) at the earliest possible date. Upon meeting the general administrative requirements, you will be employed as a civil servant on limited tenure for an initial period of three years. If you receive a positive evaluation after the initial three years, this period can be extended by up to three further years. If you meet Osnabrück University’s standards with respect to ability, competence and academic achievement, you will be offered a tenured W2 Professorship in accordance with the relevant legal provisions without further application.
The research of the professorship shall complement and strengthen the profile focus “Migration and Globalisation” of the Institute of Geography as well as the research centre IMIS (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies). See advertisement

Winter term 2022/23: Lecture series of the Master's program "International Migration and Intercultural Relations" (IMIB)

[28.10.2022] IMIS invites you to its annual lecture series of the Master's program "International Migration and Intercultural Relations" (IMIB) in the winter semester 2022/23; this time under the title "Migration policy and refugee reception in a (trans-)local context". In the first part of the lecture series, the lectures will be held in cooperation with the English-language joint master's program EuMIGS. In further events, a new book from the IMIS series "Migrationsgesellschaften / Migration Societies" on deportations will be presented, there will be an exchange with practitioners and people involved in supporting Ukrainian refugees, ongoing projects at IMIS will be presented, and much more. Information on the program and participation can be found in the program.

Nachwuchspreis der Uni Osnabrück für gute akademische Lehre geht an Dr. Philipp Schäfer

[17.6.2022] Der Soziologe und IMIS-Mitglied Dr. Philipp Schäfer wurde am 17. Juni mit dem Hans Mühlenhoff-Nachwuchspreis 2022 für gute akademische Lehre ausgezeichnet. Dr. Schäfer ist seit Mai 2019 an der Universität im Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS) tätig. Seine Veranstaltungen zeichnen sich durch innovative Prüfungsformen und neue Lehrkonzepte aus, wie die Jury betont. Er habe sich zudem durch die Organisation außercurricularer Exkursionen und das Herstellen von Kontakten zu Universitäten im europäischen Ausland hervorgetan. Darüber hinaus sei Dr. Schäfer als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter auf einer Forschungsstelle über Fördermittel am IMIS angestellt, und müsse somit kein eigenes Lehrdeputat verpflichtend erfüllen. Dennoch hält er in jedem Semester eine Veranstaltung, die er umfassend vorbereitet und die von den Studierenden gern angenommen wird. Zur Pressemeldung

"18 years master IMIB: study migration?!" Graduation ceremony on June 24, 2022

[14-6-2022] On June 24, 2022 the graduation ceremony of the Master's program "International Migration and Intercultural Relations" (IMIB) took place in the auditorium of the Osnabrueck castle. After a break due to the conora pandemic, three years of IMIB graduates were bid farewell in a festive atmosphere. The recording of the event is available here.

New EU-funded Horizon Europe project at IMIS

[16.6.2022] IMIS member Franck Duvell, jointly with Albert Kraler (lead) from Danube University Krems (UWK) and a total of 17 partners won funding for a project on “Measuring irregular migration and related policies” (MIrreM) examing estimates and statistical indicators on the irregular migrant population in Europe and the ethical implications as well as related policies, including the regularisation of irregular immigrants. The project also considers rejected asylum applications as an important pathway into irregularity and is thereby partly related to the FFVT project. It builds on previous projects Clandestino, Regine and C-Mise. Twenty countries will be covered. The project runs from 1.10.2022 – 30.9.2025. Access the project description on the EU’s Funding and Tender portal here.

Public debate on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2022

[15.6.2022] 20 June marks World Refugee Day! Wars and violent conflicts, persecution, poverty, climate change and many other issues contribute to people having to leave their regions of origin and seek safety elsewhere. To reflect on new and protracted issues, eight institutions partner for a roundtable discussion entitled Refugees beyond the headlines: Navigating emerging and protracted challenges in 2022. Date: 20 June 2022, 4-5.30 pm (CEST.

The discussion is chaired by Dr. Jasmin Lilian Diab, IMS at the Lebanese American University. Ulrike Krause takes part for IMIS of Osnabrück University and FFVT. Further research institutions include Refugee Law Initiative, University of London; Institute of Law, Politics and Development, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Brown University; Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health, City University of New York; Centre for Lebanese Studies, Lebanese American University; and International Labour Organization. Further information / access to the discussion:

Journal of Migration Studies: third issue online now

[25.5.2022] The third issue of the Journal of Migration Studies (ZMF) is online now: vol. 1/2022 comprises five essays and two discussion papers from different disciplines. The new journal is a freely accessible open access journal and is published twice a year. All contributions are subject to a review process for quality assurance. The journal offers a forum for the scolarly examination of the background and conditions of spatial movements of people in the past and present as well as of social change induced by migration processes in contexts of origin, transit and destination. read more