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Happy anniversary MIM and IMER!

The university program in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) started at Malmö University as at the undergraduate level in 1997. Over the years the program has developed to include the master’s and PhD level. Linked to this program, MIM was established ten years later as a research institute at Malmö University.

MIM and IMER are celebrating their tenth and twentieth anniversaries with the symposium “Contesting the Populist Challenge: Beyond ‘Orbanism’ and ‘Trumpism’ and the Normalisation of Exclusion” (16-17 November 2017). Read about the symposium here.

Welcome, Professor Vink!

MIM is proud to host Maarten P. Vink as the Willy Brandt Guest Professor at MIM during the academic year 2017-2018. He is Professor at the Department of Political Science of Maastricht University and part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute. Professor Vink is also is co-director of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) and the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE), where he currently leads the research project “Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition (MiLifeStatus)” funded by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (2016-2021). His work focuses on the politics of citizenship, migration and integration. Read more about Professor Vink here.

Recent Publications

Bevelander, P. (2017) “Lyckad eller misslyckad integration?”, Socionomen #3/17. Read here.

Bevelander, P. (2017) “Flyktingars arbetsmarknadsintegration”, Migration och Socialförsäkringen 2017:6. Försäkringskassan. Read here.

DeBono, D. (2017) “‘Burning Without Fire’ in Sweden: The Paradox of the State’s Attempt to Safeguard Deportees’ Psychosocial Wellbeing”. In Vathi, Z. & King, R. (eds.) Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing: Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and their Families. London: Rutledge. Read here.

Jensen, K., C. Fernández and G. Brochmann (2017) “Nationhood and Scandinavian naturalization politics: varieties of the civic turn”, Citizenship Studies. Read here.

Osanami Törngren, S. and J. Ngeh (2017) “Reversing the gaze: Methodological reflections from the perspective of racial and ethnic minority researchers” Qualitative Research. Read here.

Ramsøy, I. J. (2017): “Transacting Care Transnationally: Remittances and Agency Within Global Care Chains” in Nowicka, M. and V. Šerbedžija (eds.) Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe. London, New York and Shanghai: Palgrave Macmillan. Read here.

Righard, E. (2017) “Transnational social responsibility. The case of the Swedish retirement pension 1913-2013”. In: Transnational social policy. Social welfare in a world on the move edited by Luann Good Gingrich & Stefan Köngeter. London: Rutledge. Read here.

Latest MIM working papers

Bentsen, B. M. A. (2017) “Attitudes Toward Immigrants among Youth in Sweden”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:2. Read here.

Fossati, F., D. Auer and G. Bonoli (2017) “Discrimination Multipliers: How Immigrants’ integration affects labour market disadvantage”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:2. Read here.

Irastorza, N. and Bevelander, P. (2017) “The Labour-Market Participation of Highly Skilled Immigrants in Sweden: An Overview”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:5. Read here.

Merelo, G. (2017) “Political déjà Vu: Symbolic transferability and political cultural reconstruction among Mexican migrants in New Zealand”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:1. Read here.

Osanami Törngren, S. (2017) “Ethnic options, covering, and passing - Multiracial and multiethnic identities in Japan”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:3. Read here.

Schmidt, G. (2017) “The Good Citizen and the Good Muslim”. MIM Working Paper Series 17:6. Read here.

Conferences, workshops, keynotes

Erin Cory co-chaired the panel “Materializing Exile: Production of Difference and Diversity in the City” at the SIEF 2017 conference in Göttingen, 26-30 March 2017. Read more here.

Jason Tucker co-organized the panel “Statelessness: a specific human rights challenge examined in the context of different international and regional organizations” at the AHRI 2017conference in Leuven, 27-28 April 2017. Other panel participants were Sangita Jaghai (Tilburg University) and Caia Vlieks (Tilburg University). Read more here.

Sayaka Osanami Törngren was invited speaker at the international symposium “Beyond the ‘Integration’ of Refugees: Towards a Development of a New Paradigm” held at Leiden University, where she presented the preliminary results of the EU project “National Integration Evaluation Mechanisms (NIEM)”. Read about the symposium and the NIEM project here and here.

Public appearances

DeBono, D. Debate article: “Immigration will reveal the crisis of human rights inside our societies”. Maltatoday, 5 January 2017. Read here.

DeBono, D. Debate article: “Deportation in focus: The Paradox of Claiming to Safeguard Deportees’ Psychosocial Wellbeing”. Border Criminologies, University of Oxford, 3 April 2017. Read here.

DeBono, D. Debate article: “The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems”. The Conversation, 10 April 2017. Read here.

Emilsson, H. and Irastorza, N. Debate article: “Ignore Donald Trump: these are Sweden’s real refugee integration challenges”. The Conversation, 27 February 2017. Read here.

Emilsson, H. was interviewed by the New York Times on the link between immigration and crime waves in Sweden. Read here.

Emilsson, H. was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Trump's claims of terrorism in Sweden. Download audio here.

Hellström, A. was interviewed by a Swedish radio on racism against white people. Listen to the interview here.

Hellström, A. was interviewed by a German radio on Nordic
Populism as part of the program of the Nordischer Klang 2017 festival. Watch the interview here.

New Research Grant

Erica Righard is leading the Swedish case study of the international project “Governance and local integration of migrants and Europe’s refugees (GLIMER)”. GLIMER is a Joint Programming Initiative under H2020 funded by ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF). The Swedish study is funded by The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) with 5 million SEK. The project focuses on the integration of refugees in local contexts in Cyprus, Italy, UK and Sweden. The project consortium consists of five partners: University of Strathclyde, University of Calabria, Malmö University, Mediterranean of Gender Studies in Cyprus and the University of Stirling, and is lead by Nasar Meer at the University of Strathclyde. Read more here.

Farewell Merja

It is with sadness that MIM sees Merja Skaffari-Multala leave for her next adventure in Turku, Finland. While Merja was officially hired as an administrator at MIM in 2009, over the years she has also become the friendly, welcoming face of MIM. We will miss her generosity, sense of humor and caring nature.

So Loong, Merja...

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