News & Updates 2020

November 2020

The newly designed GEOMAX shows reasons for migration and effects of the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic recession on global migration patterns. Max Planck researcher Steven Vertovec explains the "superdiversity" research field. [in German] more

October 2020

In her lecture and the subsequent discussion with Patrick Cramer (MPI for Biophysical Chemistry), Ayelet Shachar looks at the concept of the border, which today is much more than a rigid geographical line.

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September 2020

Karen Schönwälder was one of the discussion partners on the podium. The 78th ZEIT Forum Wissenschaft can be seen on YouTube.

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August 2020

By Thomas Meaney and Samuel Moyn. Thomas Meaney is former journalist in residence at MPI MMG.

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August 2020

Megha Amrith  on ‘Latest Thinking’ about the Processes of Aging and Migration

© Latest Thinking, 2020

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by Miriam Schader
August 2020
When several hundred thousand refugees came to Germany within a short period of time five years ago, the responsible local administrations were put to the test. That meant a challenge for the state with its social systems and the administration, but by no means excessive demands. Rather, the local administration basically demonstrated its efficiency in 2015/16. However, in the course of admission by the municipalities, those seeking protection were also excluded. This is the result of a study by the Max Planck Institute for research into multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies in Göttingen, in which three municipalities in Lower Saxony were examined.

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July 2020

MPI MMG researcher Elisabeth Badenhoop wins the 2019 IRN Best Paper Award.

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July 2020

Article by Ayelet Shachar published in The UNESCO Courier.

Today's borders are no longer necessarily made of bricks and barbed wire. They are increasingly becoming moving barriers that rely on cutting-edge technologies and complex regulations to impose travel restrictions on citizens. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated this phenomenon.

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June 2020
This inhouse discussion explores how we as a Max Planck institute can contribute to the fight against the global climate crisis by researching it’s consequences on migration and by becoming more aware of our individual and institutional responsibilities and opportunities for change. more
June 2020
Congratulations to our colleague Nicole Iturriaga who received the ASA Sociology of Human Rights Section's Best Article Award 2020 for her article “At the Foot of the Grave: Challenging Collective Memories of Violence in Post-Franco Spain”. more

May 2020

Institute Director Steven Vertovec gave a live television interview on Deutsche Welle and PBS America to comment on the coronavirus pandemic, xenophobia and group stigmas.

DWnews TV Interview Thursday, 7th May 2020 with Steven Vertovec, conducted by Anchor Brent Goff

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April 2020
by Steven Vertovec

In the pandemic, populists and campaigners are currently stirring up prejudice against migrants and blaming them for the spread of the virus. The freedom of movement of refugees or certain ethnic groups is being restricted more drastically than that of the native population in order to prevent further spread of the disease - as it is officially called - but this also stigmatises those affected. Steven Vertovec, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, considers this a dangerous development and calls for countermeasures.

Source: www.mpg.de

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April 2020

Seminar speakers: Steven Vertovec, Kerilyn Schewel, Biao Xiang and Olena Babakova
Seminar moderators: Konrad Pędziwiatr, Jan Brzozowski
Jorgen Carling in his text on Cape Verdean migration experiences (2002) argues that far more people would like to migrate than actually do and rather than an “Age of Migration” (Castles et al 2014), our times are better characterized as an age of “involuntary immobility”. In the time of coronavirus pandemic this has transformed into forced immobility for migrants and non-migrants alike. One of the groups that has been particularly harshly affected by this immobility are migrants.

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February 2020

In her remarkably timely new book, Ayelet Shachar analyzes the return of borders & their radical transformation. Essential for understanding government responses to people on the move, Shachar's vivid description, analytical precision and reasoned persuasion combine to challenge conventional wisdoms about "borders" and how they work. The result: exceptional insights into how migration control can be more just. The Shifting Border offers an indispensable roadmap to immigration and refugee debates all around the world.

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February 2020

Together with two other colleagues (one at LSE and one at Ghent) Farhan Samanani was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Wenner Gren foundation to run a workshop on politics, irony and new social movements in the late summer/early autumn 2020.

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February 2020

ENMISA Book Award
Congratulations to our former colleague Alan Gamlen, who received the ENMISA Book Prize 2020 for the best book in the field of ethnicity, nationalism or migration studies.

ENMISA Paper Award
We also congratulate our former colleague Darshan Vigneswaran, who was awarded the ENMISA Prize 2020 for outstanding conference papers. Konferenzpapiere ausgezeichnet wurde.

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January 2020

What role can researchers play in the current discussion about migration, flight and integration?
The moderator Dr. Elisabeth Badenhoop (MPI-MMG) with Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel (Sachverständigenrat deutscher Stiftungen für Integration und Migration), Prof. Dr. Thomas Faist (Rat für Migration) and Dr. Mehmet Ata (Mediendienst Integration).

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