Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien

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Program end: June 2016

Degree: Master

Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)

Language of instruction: English

About the program

International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO)

The Joint European Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) was a two-year international Master's program supported by the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union which offered selected students the unique opportunity to study international migration in three European countries. The program explored the critical elements of international migration and the incorporation of immigrants into the society of destination. Its aim was to educate students in advanced theories, techniques, and methodologies in the field of Migration Studies, to enable them to translate perceived societal problems into relevant social scientific research questions and to contribute to the solution of such problems by combining insights from fundamental social theory joined with substantive theories.

The MISOCO Master’s Program was offered by the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) in collaboration with the University of Deusto in Bilbao (Spain), University College Dublin (Ireland), the University of Latvia in Riga (Latvia), and the IMIS at the University of Osnabrück (Germany).

Students studied in three European countries. The first year was undertaken at the University of Amsterdam (1st semester) and the University of Deusto (2nd semester), who both offered consolidated expertise in theoretical and methodological approaches to migration studies. The second year was used for specialization at one of the other European institutes: The University College Dublin, University of Latvia or IMIS at the University of Osnabrück provided students with focused teaching and research in their specialized areas under the supervision of leading experts. Additional opportunities for an exchange with universities outside Europe are planned for the future.

"Migration Regimes in Practice"

The IMIS second year specialization focuses on "Migration Regimes in Practice". In a globalized world of nation states, supranational entities, international organizations and highly mobile populations, migration and integration have become contested issues and objects of increased regulation, closely observed and intensely studied. The legal movement of people between sovereign countries, processes of inclusion in receiving societies and (even) undocumented migration are governed by complex institutions and knowledge systems. One way to model such structures is their perception as 'Migration Regimes', understood as a set of norms, knowledge, resources, and actors putting migration and integration policies into practice. Migration Regimes thus encompass various spheres of activity which basically target the conception and regulation both of human mobility and of migrant presence in different societies and their different contexts.

IMIS scrutinizes Migration Regimes along four major lines. Leading questions pursued in research and teaching concentrate on (a) the institutional structures, political frameworks, and actors of Migration Regimes as regulatory systems, (b) their social consequences for migrants (groups or individuals) as well as for societies, (c) their effects on regional development, and (d) academic investigation and knowledge production on international migration and structural aspects of inclusion as an integral part of Migration Regimes. Moreover, students are introduced to our interdisciplinary approach towards migration and integration (studies) which explicitly focuses on the longitudinal, cross-country and comparative analysis of migration processes and migration research itself. Our teaching and joint research with special reference to the European experience aims to contribute to the global dialogue on one of the most important phenomena in human existence: migration.