Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) is an international research centre with a multidisciplinary profile and a strong international presence. Within the centre and its extensive network, researchers develop, explore and exchange knowledge of international migration and ethnic diversity.

Our research

MIM was established in January 2007 with the goal of strengthening Malmö University’s migration research profile. Further to this, MIM was also envisaged as a platform to expand Malmö University’s international networks and build bridges between the university and non-academic actors. MIM consists of a core of senior and junior researchers and a large international network of affiliated researchers. MIM regularly hosts prominent professors in IMER from around the world.

The research conducted at MIM is multidisciplinary and is pursued in collaboration with international partners. It is funded either nationally or by the EU and can be classified under the following four themes:

  • Patterns of mobility and demography
  • Early reception and integration
  • Discourses of and attitudes toward international migration, integration and diversity
  • Long term integration, citizenship and acculturation
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The Migration Seminar

This is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers from all faculties at Malmö University with an interest in migration, integration, diversity and related issues. Master’s students interested in the research field are welcome to participate in the Migration Seminar.

The purpose of the seminar is to facilitate an exchange of ideas and knowledge, and to stimulate a pluralism of perspectives, theories and methods. It offers a wide variety of research-related activities ranging from paper and project presentations to specially-invited guests and panel debates. It also hosts the seminar series of the Willy Brandt Guest Professor. As the seminar has a distinctly international profile, both with respect to attendance and topics, most sessions are held in English.

Seminars on Thursdays

Usually the Migration seminars are held Thursdays at 14.15-16.00 at MIM’s seminar room on the 9th floor of Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, but due to the Covid-19 situation the seminars are held online via zoom.

3 September
50%-seminar: Intergroup attitudes among adolescents in Sweden 
Beint Magnus Aamodt Bentsen, PhD student, Malmö University
Discussant: Sayaka Osanami Törngren, Associate Professor, Malmö University

10 September
20%-seminar: Reuniting refugee families in Sweden: health and relational processes in waiting
Hilda Gustafsson, PhD student, Malmö University
Discussant: Erica Righard, Associate Professor, Malmö University

5 November
Folkvandringstid (in Swedish)
Dick Harrison, Professor, Lund University

26 November
50%-seminar: “Under the hood” of European asylum bureaucracy - frontline workers and the development of norms and values inside EASO and IOM
Johan Ekstedt, PhD student, Malmö University

10 December
50%-seminar: (De)Securitization, Crisis and Humanitarianism? Mapping the Field of EU Border Management and the Production of Borders
Eline Waerp, PhD student, Malmö University
Discussant: Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

17 December
Measuring refugee integration policies in Sweden: Results from the project National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM)
Sayaka Osanami Törngren, Associate Professor, Malmö University


Migration Society 2.0 – Community and Conflict in the Era of Diversity

In the course of a few decades, Sweden has evolved into one of the most diverse countries in the world; in terms of foreign-born residents and their offspring, in terms of the variety of ethnic groups and countries of origin, in terms of non-white “visible minorities”, and most other imaginable measures. The normalization of diversity in various levels and spheres of society calls into question the established vocabulary and imagery of immigrant societies – immigrants and natives, foreigners and citizens, integration and assimilation, and so on. While a lot has been said and written (academically and otherwise) about the new patterns of diversity, less is known about how the norm of diversity is construed and co-produced by its own generation of subjects and agents.

The aim of the “Migration Society 2.0” lecture series is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how diversity is normalized in the minds, actions and behaviours of people and organizations. What kind of mindset and strategy of co-existence is diversity? How is it produced and communicated through public imagery and narratives? And, which new patterns of community and conflict does it engender? The list of confirmed speakers (below) consists of internationally renowned scholars who are prominent in the literature on the diversity turn in migration studies and/or because of their innovative research on diversity.

Migration Society 2.0 – Community and Conflict in the Era of Diversity

17 September
Social exclusion, symbolic boundaries and convivial labour in East London’s context
of ongoing immigration

Susanne Wessendorf, Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
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24 September
How should we (teachers and students) talk about racism in the classroom and in our research?
Miri Song, Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 646 4869 7093
Passcode: 113596

1 October
The immigrant-native wage gap: is there a gap and is it "fair"?
Eva van Belle, Assistant Professor of Economics and Post doc at NCCR – on the move, University of Neuchatel
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 646 4269 7310
Passcode: 948934

8 October
Becoming a Minority. How do people without migration background influence the living climate in majority minority neighborhoods?
Maurice Crul, Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Identities, Diversity and Inclusion Program, University of Amsterdam
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 682 5824 2425
Passcode: 373011

15 October
Exit. A New Agenda for Migration Research
Thomas Faist, Professor of Sociology of Transnationalization, Migration and Development, Bielefeld University
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 693 2647 8386
Passcode: 742637

12 November
Beyond National Identity: Shared Membership, Deservingness, and Inclusive Solidarity in Diverse Societies
Keith Banting, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Stauffer Dunning fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 617 9215 9761
Passcode: 685725

19 November
Rethinking Disaster Nationalism – lessons from a pandemic
Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, University of Bristol
Read more

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 636 7135 0478
Passcode: 588781

Guest Professorship in Memory of Willy Brandt

The Guest Professorship within the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) in Memory of Willy Brandt is a donation to Malmö University financed by the City of Malmö when the University was inaugurated.

Willy Brandt Series of Working Papers

International migration and ethnic relations

The aim of the professorship is to strengthen research at Malmö University within the field of IMER. As IMER has a strong international network, the City of Malmö sought, via the guest professorship, to strengthen contacts with international experts in order to ensure that they would become an integral part of research and teaching. An international guest professorship creates a constant and dynamic exchange of knowledge and enhances the centre’s academic strength. The donation also funds a research fellow and a PhD position.

Who was Willy Brandt?

Willy Brandt was West Germany’s Chancellor between 1969-1974. He was forced to seek refuge in Sweden during the Second World War and developed strong ties with the country. In order to emphasise the importance and status of the scientific investment, the City of Malmö obtained the family’s permission to name a guest professorship after him.

Magdalena Nowicka (spring 2020)

Ellen Percy Kraly (spring and autumn 2019)

Per Mouritsen (autumn 2018)

Maarten Vink (autumn 2017 and spring 2018) 

Ruth Wodak (spring and autumn 2017)

Keith Banting (2016 October-December)

Joaquín Arango (2016 August- September )

Giuseppe Sciortino (2015 autumn and 2016 spring)

Garbi Schmidt (2014 and 2015 spring)

Miri Song (2013 autumn)

Russell King (2012 and 2013 spring)

Ayhan Kaya (2011 autumn)

Raymond Taras  (2010 autumn and 2011 spring)

Daniel Hiebert (2009 autumn and 2010 spring)

Peggy Levitt (2009 spring)

Carlo Ruzza (2008 autumn)

Yasemin Soysal (2007 autumn and 2008 spring)

Cas Mudde (2007 spring)

David Ingleby (2007 spring)

Ewa R. Morawska (2006 autumn)

Nina Glick Schiller (2006 spring)

Sandro Cattacin (2005 autumn)

Nikos Papastergiadis (2005 spring)

Marco Martiniello (2004 autumn) 

Don DeVoretz (2004 spring)

Katherine Fennelly (2003 autumn)

Thomas Faist (2003 spring)

Grete Brochmann (2002 autumn) 

Jock Collins (2002 spring)

Ellie Vasta (2001 autumn)

Thomas Faist (2001 spring)

John Rex (2001 spring)

Rainer Bauböck (2000 autumn)  


Advisory Board

Kent Andersson (Chair) Member of Steering Committee of the international network METROPOLIS, Member of External Advisory Committee of the European Commission-funded Network of Excellence IMISCOE, Mayor of the City of Malmö.

Guy Baeten, Professor, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University

Malin Ideland, Professor, Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society, Malmö University

Linda Lill, Senior lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Malmö University

Jonas Otterbeck, Professor, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University



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