CeMig Newsletter

05 October 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.


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 II Perceptions on Migration (October 2021) offers critical and postcolonial perspectives on the often misleading political discourses, public perceptions and media representations of African migration to Europe.

6 October 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Joseph Teye, University of Ghana, Ghana
Heaven Crawley, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Mary B. Setrana, University of Ghana

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

Kamal Donko, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Fatou Faye, Fondation Rosa Luxembourg, Senegal

Olayinka Akanle, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Jelka Günther, Centre for Global Migration Studies, Germany

20 October 2021, 16:00-17:30 GMT / 18:00-19:30 CEST

Kuda Vanyoro, University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa 
Ronald Kalyango Sebba, Makerere University, Uganda 
Tabea Scharrer, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany 
Yacouba Cissao, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Franzisca Zanker, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Germany

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

The lecture series is jointly organized by the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at the University of Freiburg (ABI), the Centre for Global Migration Studies at the University of Göttingen (CeMig), the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana and the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala (NAI) and hosted in cooperation with the research network on African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI).

It is funded by the MIASA, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, The ABI, the CeMig and the Internationalisation Funds of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Göttingen.

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



Migration and Security Policy: African and EU Perspectives

Plenary session as part of the 17th Annual Workshop of the Household in: Conflict, Migration, and Displacement

12 October 2021, 15:00 - 16:15 (CEST), followed by discussions in small groups from 16:15 - 17:00 (CEST).


As governments worldwide associate the uncontrolled movement of refugees, migrants and displaced people as a threat to their nation’s sovereignty and security, migration and refugee politics are becoming increasingly securitized, emphasizing the need to protect the nation’s borders and to curb migration flows.More inclusive refugee policies that foster refugee integration and freedom of movement seem to conflict with greater control. Security actors worry about the limits to oversee refugees’ activities in a setting without encampment policies and with further integration into national systems.  However, refugees, migrants, and internally displaced people can also improve state stability by strengthening the economy, military, diplomatic standing, and civic values. This plenary session aims at critically discussing the complex interplay between migration and security in various African countries. Taking differential perspectives on this matter, the four speakers will shed light on how Afro-European relations in migration control, national security governance and international refugee policies interact.


Ruben Andersson (Oxford University)

Mercy Fekadu (Institute for Peace and Security Studies)

Michael Owiso (Maseno University)

Camille le Coz (Migration Policy Institute).


Jana Kuhnt, German Development Institute (DIE)


To join the plenary session, please click here and enter the password: 119411 or use the link below: 


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


(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)

15 October 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

Abstract: 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.

Places are limited. Please register here by 08 October 2021.


New guests at CeMig 


We would like to welcome and introduce Lea Cejvan who is affiliated at CeMig during her Fulbright Fellowship from September 2021 until July 2022 to further her research in Bosnian migrant perceptions in Germany.

 Lea Cejvan is a recent graduate of Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN, USA) and has a background in political science, history, international relations, and immigration policy. Previously, her thesis focus was on Bosnian refugee perspectives in the Chicagoland area, their economic opportunity as refugees, and various aspects of Balkan integration and cultural exchange in the United States. While this thesis work was more of a historical summary about the lives of Bosnian immigrants in Lea Cejvan’s hometown, the project she brings with the Fulbright program will take her research questions further:

“I aim to examine the lives of the first, second, and even third generations of Bosnian migrants in Germany. I am interested in the socio-economic circumstances of these migrants, their experiences in Germany, and the cultural, linguistic, and even religious pressures that come along with their position in German society. I believe, to accurately and efficiently address the growing challenges of migration in the coming decades, there must be a closer documentation of the migrant process and its effects upon the politics and society of the host country.  As might be expected, my time as an immigrant in the United States has shaped much of my understanding of the migrant process, and how it is reacted to, politically and socially in America. I am sure that there will be many differences, as well as similarities, as I look towards Germany and Lower Saxony for this project.”

Contact: Lea Cejvan, lcejvan45@gmail.com


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Email: jelka.guenther@uni-goettingen.de