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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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Job advertisement: Researcher (E13) at IMIS, EU Horizon funded project

[8.8.2022] -The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) is seeking to appoint a Researcher (m/f/d, Salary Level E 13 TV-L, 75%) in the EU Horizon Europe funded project “Measuring Irregular Migration and related Policies” (MIrreM). The position is to be filled for 22 months from November 15, 2022 or the next possible date – given the availability of funds. Application deadline: August 31, 2022.

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Call for Papers: International workshop, 17-18 Oct 2022: "Forced migration and refugee studies in the East. Is there a need for acknowledging the Global East as yet another epistemic concept?" (Kopie 1)

Recent wars in Ukraine and Armenia or the refugee drama on the Belarusian border require reconsidering how we think about the world. Notably, the simple binary of the Global North and the Global South epistemologically disregards the experiences of the post-Soviet countries and generally the Global East. This workshop aims (a) to sketch the state-of-the-art of forced migration research on the countries east of the EU, (b) to discuss the concept of the Global East and (c) to consider how to facilitate and expand research collaboration and research. More Information

"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.

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

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.

Sponsorship prize for IMIB graduate Gesa Langhoop

[7.6.2022] The Alumni Association Social Sciences of the University of Osnabrück awarded Gesa Langhoop with a sponsorship prize during a ceremony on June 2, 2022. The graduate of the master's program 'International Migration and Intercultural Relations' (IMIB) received it on the suggestion of Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer for her master's thesis on 'The politicization of full-time and voluntary workers in refugee aid against the background of right-wing extremist incidents in rural areas'. IMIS congratulates and thanks the Alumni Association for the award. - To the award brochure:

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

Webinar Session Racism at the Border

[25.4.2022] Given the current discussions on racism in forced migration, the IMISCOE SC "Reflexivities in Migration Studies" together with the Anti-Racism Working Group is organising a webinar session on "Racism at the border" on Friday, 29 April, 2-3:30pm CET. With inputs by Kamila Fiałkowska (Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw) and Katarzyna Czarnota (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań) the session will focus on the (humanitarian) situation at the Belarusian-Polish border, including reflections on the current situation at the Ukrainian-Polish border due to the war.

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New IMIS Working Paper: Short Analysis on Forced Migration in and out of Ukraine

[17.03.2022] Who is currently fleeing in and from Ukraine? Where are people trying to find safety and what further developments can be expected? Based on an analysis of the refugee situation after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and updating a scenario before the start of the war, Franck Düvell (IMIS) and Iryna Lapshyna (UCU Lviv) outline the current refugee situation and discuss possible scenarios for further developments: The Russian invasion of Ukraine: scope, patterns and future development of displacement, Short Analysis, IMIS Working Paper 14/2022.(An updated version from 28.3.22 can be found here.) - More on the topic: Lecture by Franck Düvell at the Ukrainian Catholic University, 17 March 2022.