CeMig Newsletter

06 September 2021

This is the newsletter of the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig). It provides regular information about events, research projects and publications on the subject of migration at Göttingen Campus and within the region.


Call for Applications


Call for applications for 2 Guest Researchers

(all genders welcome) for the interdisciplinary research group on “Migration and Public Health” at the Centre for Global Migration Studies, University of Göttingen (2022-2024)

Deadline: 15.09.2021

The interdisciplinary research group on “Migration and Public Health” brings together scholars at the University of Göttingen from various disciplines (Cultural Anthropology, Development Economics, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, Social and Political Sciences). By applying a multi-level governance approach and uniting quantitative and qualitative as well as empirical and philosophical methodological approaches the research group investigates norm- and regime-building processes in the context of migration and health. In global comparison they aim to address how the “protection of life” and the “right to health” are defined, encoded and implemented in relation to migrant populations and post-colonial minorities, as well as which ethical, social and political questions arise from this practice.


For the period February 2022 – January 2024 we are inviting 2 postdoctoral scholars (postdoctoral researchers or doctoral candidates close to graduation) to develop and conduct a research project in one of the following research areas:

1. “The right-to-health approach in global norm-building”, focusing on how international organizations define the nexus between migration and health.

2. “Politics of access: Conceptualizations of eligibility and access provisions”, focusing on the formulation and implementation of migration-related health policies, norm-building and the provision of access to health infrastructures and services on the national level.


Please find more information on the call for application on our website or click here (PDF).


Upcoming CeMig Events


Online Lecture Series: "Critical Reflections on Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance" (September - November 2021)

Migration on the African continent is multifold, complex with varying effects. One angle in particular is the European efforts to control migration, which has reached far beyond its external borders to the African continent. For example, there has been an attempt to increase ‘cooperative agreements’ between the European Union (EU) with African states. This online lecture series critically discusses Afro-European relations that arise from EU-migration governance and the African responses in the multiple entanglements of border control, development and security. 

Part I Securitisation (September 2021) highlights that under the misnomer of fighting the root causes of forced migration there is a political agenda to reduce irregular migration from Africa to Europe. As a result, migration and border control has become increasingly interlinked with development and security policies. 







KEYNOTE LECTURE I: Migration in Public Policy in Niger: Between European Interventionism and Opportunistic Logics
8 September 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18;00-19:30 CEST

Presenter: Harouna Mounkaila, University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey, Niger
Moderator: Abena Oduro, University of Ghana, Ghana          


15 September 2021, 11:00-12:30 GMT / 13:00-14:30 CEST

Presenter: Almamy Sylla, University of Bamako, Mali &
Amanda Bisong, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Discussant: Leonie Jegen, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute,
Germany & University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Moderator: Anja Jetschke, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany


PANEL DISCUSSION I: Activism and Euro-African Migration
22 September 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Panelists: Amadou Mbow, Mauritanian Association for Human Rights & West African Network for the Protection for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and for Free Movement (ROA PRODMAC); Lisa Richlen, Ben Gurion University, Israel &
Moctar Dan Yayé, Alarmophone Sahara Niamey
Moderator: Sabine Hess, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany


Sessions will be held via Zoom, with simultaneous translation from English to French and French to English.

For the program as well as more information on how to participate, please visit our website:



Save the date:

Migration and Security Policy

Plenary with Ruben Andersson (Oxford University), Camille le Coz (Migration Policy Institute), Mercy Fekadu (Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Abeba), and Michael Owiso (Maseno University), moderated by Jana Kuhnt (DIE) as part of the 17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network: “Conflict, Migration, and Displacement“.

The plenary is organized in cooperation with the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).


Save the date: 12 October 2021, 15:00 - 17:00 CEST.

 More information will follow soon on the conference website.



Save the date:

(Im)mobilities, Human Rights and Climate Justice

5th CeMig Migration Research Lab with Carol Farbotko (Griffith University) and Monika Mayrhofer (Ludwig Boltzman Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights)

Migration in the context of climate change has often been defined as a problem to be solved through research and policies. Critical voices, however, call for going beyond such a narrow framing of the issue in order to promote the human rights of those most affected and to achieve climate justice. A persistent problem is defining who is addressed in research and policy on the climate change - migration nexus and how those most affected by climate change become part of the debate. This Migration Research Lab aims to initiate an exchange on the current state of research on climate change and human (im)mobility in order to discuss what an (im)mobility perspective has to offer in terms of human rights and climate justice. It is primarily aimed at PhD students and postdocs from different disciplines to critically debate the challenges and open questions in their research designs and analyses in light of the global reality of climate change and human (im)mobility.

Save the date: 15 October 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

For more information about the Research Lab and how to register for the event please click here.




On Current Occasion


Afghanistan after the Collapse: Forced Migration, Borders & Transnational Solidarity

September 10, 2021, 6PM CEST

With Cavidan Soykan (University of Osnabrück) and Abdul Ghafoor (Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization)

Afghanistan is on everyone's lips after the takeover by the Taliban. This workshop discusses the situation not only in the country but also the question of migration, border politics and national discourses on (long-term) migration from Afghanistan to countries in the region. Our speakers will pay attention to the situation of Afghan migrants, deported, returned or stuck at the borders or in neighboring countries, and the situation of Afghan activists involved in migrant solidarity work after the Taliban takeover. They will also address the German/Turkish discourses prompted by the "fear of Afghan refugees" seeking exodus from the country. Moreover, they will dwell on gender speeches triggered by this takeover and how Afghan women and children are particularly affected and address networks of transnational solidarity and their work and possibilities in the current situation.

Dr. Cavidan Soykan is currently a guest researcher at the Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies of the University of Osnabrück. She is also a lecturer on human rights specialized in refugee studies and Turkish asylum law and a member of the Association for Solidarity with Refugees (Mülteci-Der) Turkey.

Abdul Ghafoor is the director and founder of Afghanistan Migrants Advice & Support Organisation (AMASO), working with return migrants in Afghanistan from a long-term perspective.


Meeting-ID: 992 4714 3123

Password: 742501


This event is a part of the' Hostile Terrain 94 Frankfurt/Main' exhibition program and organized by the Frankfurt hosting team, namely: H. Pınar Şenoğuz/ Friedemann Yi-Neumann in collaboration with CeMig and the Materiality of (Forced) Migration Research Project (University of Göttingen)

The Exhibition will open on Saturday, September 11, 3 PM CET at Former Police Prison Klapperfeld, Klapperfeldstraße 5, 60313 Frankfurt

Website: https://hostileterrain94.klapperfeld.de/en/events/


New Publications by CeMig Members



New report by CeMig director
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess, University of Göttingen together with PRO ASYL, Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat, Flüchtlingsrat Brandenburg, Hessischer Flüchtlingsrat, Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen, Flüchtlingsrat Sachsen-Anhalt



Germany is not meeting its legal obligations to protect refugee women and girls from discrimination. This is the conclusion of a "shadow report” by the University of Göttingen, the association Pro Asyl and the refugee councils of Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Shadow reports are a useful tool to present important information in parallel with official government reports. Based on current research results and a survey of 65 women's counselling centres, psychosocial counselling centres and institutions working with refugees from all 16 federal states, the study finds that Germany does not adequately protect refugee women and girls and does not meet the requirements of the Istanbul Convention.

"The Istanbul Convention – also known as the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating   violence against women and domestic violence – has been in force in Germany for over two years," explains migration researcher Professor Sabine Hess from the University of Göttingen. "With its ratification, the Federal Republic of Germany made a binding commitment to protect women from all forms of violence, regardless of their residence status, to contribute to the elimination of discrimination against them and to promote their equality and rights.”

The authors of the report criticise the situation in Germany. In particular, they highlight: long periods of time in holding centres for refugees; the lack of strategies for protection against violence in these camps; the lack of expertise with regard to vulnerable people and those affected by violence; inadequate healthcare for women and girls as well as inadequate counselling and support structures.

"The German government is really not fulfilling its legal obligations, under the Istanbul Convention, to protect women and girls from violence, regardless of their residence status," says Hess. "On the contrary, the recent tightening of German asylum and residence law is emphatically at odds with the concept of protection against violence. It is absolutely essential that action is taken to change this."

For more information and the PDF visit our webpage.



Erfolgsgeschichten des Ankommens

Interdisziplinäres Lehrforschungsprojekt in der Flüchtlingshilfe

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel

In den vergangenen Jahren hat eine große Anzahl von Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Ländern in Deutschland Zuflucht vor Verfolgung und wirtschaftlicher Not gesucht. Soziale Träger und die Zivilgesellschaft bemühen sich darum, die Geflüchteten beim Ankommen zu unter-stützen. Das Lehrforschungsprojekt „Erfolgsgeschichten des Ankommens“ zielte darauf ab, durch qualitativ-empirische Forschung die Bedingungen für eine erfolgreiche Integration und Teilhabe geflüchteter Menschen besser zu verstehen und diese Erfolgsgeschichten breiter bekannt zu machen.


Die Ergebnisse des Lehrforschungsprojekts können Sie in der Ergebnisbroschüre und im vollständigen Ergebnisbericht nachlesen.



Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 39-25358
Email: jelka.guenther@uni-goettingen.de