CeMig Newsletter

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. 


CeMig Events


Upcoming Talks as Part of the CeMig Research Colloquium 2020/21


14 January 2021, 16:15-17:45 CET 

Fitful Circulations: Unauthorised Movements in the Sicilian Border Zone

Jacopo Anderlini (Department of Education Studies, University of Genoa)


04 February 2021, 16:15-17:45 CET

Türkiyeli Trans Subjectivities in Germany: Negotiations on Identity, Intimacy and Space 

R. Asli Koruyucu (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Göttingen) 


Practicing Borders: Kurdish Women's Body in Motion

Chnoor Maki (Lund University)


For more information and registration visit our website.


From One Crisis to the Next: Could the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Contribute to Govern Migration Better?

20 January 2021, 16:00 CET
Online via Zoom

Public Lecture by Marion Panizzon Christ (Private Lecturer) 


Abstract: The dynamics of migration governance have been redrawn by the 2015/16 refugee crisis. With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and policy crisis response the connections and boundaries between the global, regional and local layers again, were redrawn. Paradoxically, the patterns of migration governance were diametrically different between the refugee and this health crisis. This presentation explains why the response to the refugee crisis shifted the levels of governance to the global regime, delegating political responsibility to a UN-led global migration and refugee regime, while the regional level significantly lost appeal, also to a growing number of local initiatives and practices. During the COVID-19 health crisis, however, migrants and refugees were seemingly out of sight of the international response, with the exception of those working in frontline functions. While the Global Pacts’ response to crisis appeared to freeze, national immigration policy awakened to alleviate the risks of poverty, hunger, incapacitated access to health, education and other social services for those, who the crisis had ‘left behind,’ many of which were migrants. We hypothesize from our bird’s eye view of selected COVID-19 relief programs that the Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sub-goals, calibrate a crisis response, which is better aligned to national emergency measures and migrants’ needs alike, than the holistic approach of the GCMs actionable commitments. In addition, the Agenda 2030’s ‘to leave no-one behind’ is more apt to fight the crisis-induced rise in multiple discriminations facing migrants, in particular children and youth, women, persons in vulnerable situations. In sum, we open up for a discussion, if the COVID-19 pandemic might have elevated the significance of the Agenda 2030 for global migration governance. We ask how SDG 10’s goal of building ‘orderly, safe and responsible’ migration policies, might accompany migrants and states to navigate the insecurity of a global health crisis by embedding policies such as regularizations, which gained a new urgency with migrant workers stranded behind closed borders and immobilized by travel bans.

For more information visit our website. The Zoom link will be published on our website on the day of the event. 


Socio-Legal Perspectives on Borders

22 January 2021, 09:00 - 13:00 CET

4th CeMig Migration Research Lab in cooperation with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity (MPI-MMG)

Registration Deadline: 15 January 2021
Venue: Online via Zoom

Theme: This workshop is designed to initiate interdisciplinary exchange about legal, socio-legal and ethnographic perspectives on migration and borders. Based on the presentation of ongoing research projects theoretical and methodological questions of migration and refugee regimes, their humanitarization and securitization as well as border control and bordering practices are discussed. 

The workshop is primarily aimed at empirically researching migration scholars from social and cultural anthropology, political scientists, sociology, law or related disciplines.

For more information and registration visit our website.


New Publications


Global Processes of Flight and Migration. The Explanatory Power of Case Studies

New Publication by CeMig Member Eva Bahl

The case studies in this volume illustrate the global dimension of flight and migration movements with a special focus on South-South migration. Thirteen chapters shed light on transcontinental or regional migration processes, as well as on long-term processes of arrival and questions of belonging. Flight and migration are social phenomena. They are embedded in individual, familial and collective histories on the level of nation states, regions, cities or we-groups. They are also closely tied up with changing border regimes and migration policies. The explanatory power of case studies stems from analyzing these complex interrelations. Case studies allow us to look at both “common” and “rare” migration phenomena, and to make systematic comparisons. On the basis of in-depth fieldwork, the authors in this volume challenge dichotomous distinctions between flight and migration, look at changing perspectives during processes of migration, consider those who stay, and counter political and media discourses which assume that Europe, or the Global North in general, is the pivot of international migration.

For more information and access to the document visit the website of Göttingen University Press.


The Cambridge Companion to Global Mobility and the Management of Expatriates

New Publication by CeMig Member Fabian J. Froese

With approximately 50 million people across the globe considered expatriates (persons living and working abroad for a limited time), global mobility is an important issue for individuals, organisations, and national governments, and a major research stream in universities and business schools. Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars from around the world, this volume summarises what is known about the management of global mobility and sets an agenda for future research. It also offers a comprehensive overview of the practical implications for organisations that manage expatriates, and individuals who are currently or aspiring expatriates. Providing an accessible and globally relevant introduction to the subject of expatriation and global mobility, this book will appeal to postgraduate, MBA, and EMBA students studying global mobility or international human resource management.  It will also be of interest to practitioners, such as human resource managers and global mobility managers, who would like to gain a better understanding of the expatriation process.

For more information visit the website of Cambridge University Press.


On Current Occasion


"Die Integrationspolitik ist zu kurzfristig ausgerichtet" 

"Germany’s Discrimination Protection for Migrants ‘One of the Weakest’"

"Wie gut funktioniert die Integrationspolitik in Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich? Zum fünften Mal hat der "Migrant Integration Policy Index" (MIPEX) die Integration von Einwanderer*innen in 52 Ländern gemessen. Deutschland ist nicht mehr in der Top-Ten" (Mediendienst Integration 2020).

Sabine Hess wurde vom Mediendienst Integration zum MIPEX-Report interviewt. 

"How well does integration policy in Germany work in international comparison? For the fifth time, the "Migrant Integration Policy Index" (MIPEX) has measured the integration of immigrants in 52 countries. Germany is no longer in the top ten".

See the article "Germany’s discrimination protection for migrants ‘one of the weakest’" by Euractiv for an English report. You can als visit the MIPEX-Website here. 


Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)
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Email: jelka.guenther@uni-goettingen.de