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Cutting edge migration research to be shared at symposium


There could not be a more poignant time for academics to share their research on migration, and Malmö University is set for two days of debate and discussion on the topics dominating news agendas. 

The Willy Brandt Guest Professorship 15th Anniversary Academic Symposium is hosted by Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM); over the years the university has hosted 24 prominent scholars in this research role, and 18 of these will attend the milestone celebration.

This year’s debates will centre on: ‘Current Themes in Migration Research: Where Do We Go from Here?’

MiM Pieter BevelanderPieter Bevelander, Director of MIM and co-organiser of the symposium will be chairing a panel to discuss refuge, asylum, and immigration policy.

“This event is important for migration research and we are fortunate to have guest professors who are the best in their fields - it is great to have them here.

“Migration is essential to society so it is important to research it. Borders, numbers of migrants, where migrants come from, how they are perceived in the media and how we see them – these are all topics making the headlines right now.”

The aim of the symposium is to highlight the latest studies through presentations by each of the former guest professors of their current research, while also focusing on discussions about the ways forward.

MiM Guest Professor Giuseppe SciortinoThe current guest professor, Giuseppe Sciortino, from the University of Trento, Italy, said:

“When the Willy Brandt professorship at Malmo University was established 15 years ago, the world was a different place; thanks to it, my colleagues and I have had the chance to work freely on cutting-edge issues in a wonderful, friendly, academic environment. The conference will be the first time we will be all together discussing our research. It takes place at a critical moment for European life, and I am thrilled to be part of it.”

The professorship has been funded by a donation from the City of Malmö since the university’s opening. Established to reinforce contacts with international experts in order to ensure that the university would become an integral part of research and teaching in this field. 

It has created a constant exchange of knowledge and ideas and continues to enhance the university’s academic strength. 

Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt fled Germany during the Nazi regime and eventually sought refuge in Sweden before returning to West Germany where he served as Chancellor from 1969 to 1974.

Text: Adrian Grist

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