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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.

Open hours in the IMIS secretariats are cancelled

Due to the current Corona situation, the open hours of the IMIS secretariats and of the IMIB examination office are cancelled until further notice. Please send your request via e-mail - or by phone during the open hours of the secretariats.

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Journal of Migration Studies: second issue online now

[30.4.2021] The second issue of the Journal of Migration Studies (ZMF) is online now. Nine articles deal with the relationship of migration research and politicc. 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.

IMIS has a new director: Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken is the successor of Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott. Photo: Vera Hanewinkel

Transfer of the IMIS bell

[7.1.2021] From 1 January 2021, IMIS has a new director: Sociologist Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken succeeded geographer and long-term IMIS director Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott who now serves as deputy director. In a little ceremony, the IMIS board passed the directorate of the research center founded in 1990. Following the founding director Prof. Dr. Klaus Bade (1991-1997, 2002-2005) and the directors Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Wenzel (1997-2002), Prof. Dr. Michael Bommes (2005-2009) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott (2009-2020), Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken is now the fifth IMIS director. Besides Helen Schwenken and Andreas Pott, historians Apl. Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer and Prof. Dr. Christoph Rass as well as Vera Hanewinkel and Jutta Tiemeyer form the new IMIS board from 2021 to 2023.

New open access publication: "Die Grenzen der EU"

[22.3.2021] IMIS-Mitglied Jochen Oltmer blickt in dieser kostenfrei zugänglichen Publikation auf die Hintergründe der Politik der Freizügigkeit in Europa und diskutiert die Folgen. Erklärt wird, warum im Rahmen der europäischen Integration die Politik der „Freizügigkeit“ seit den 1950er Jahren einen so hohen Stellenwert einnahm. Außerdem geht es um die Frage, weshalb Migration von außerhalb Europas seit den 1980er Jahren unter Bezug auf die "Globalisierung" zunehmend als Problem von Sicherheitspolitik verstanden wurde und wieso diese die Maßnahmen zur Ausgestaltung einer gemeinsamen Außengrenze bis heute bestimmt.