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.

Research highlights and news

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 and anyone else 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 Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies. As the seminar has a distinctly international profile, both with respect to attendance and topics, most sessions are held in English.

Seminars on Thursdays

During the autumn the Migration seminars will be held in hybrid format, both online via zoom and in the seminar room 9th floor, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1. If you would ike to participate on campus, gather by the reception area on ground floor at 14.10. Email us if you have any questions at

8 December
Mapping and explaining Swedish migration policy 1954-2020: Policy developments and parliamentary debates about migration policies. Preliminary empirical findings
Henrik Emilsson, Associate senior lecturer, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Global Political Studies, Malmö University

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Autumn 2022

Explaining Diverging Immigration-Integration Policy in Sweden and Denmark: a Research Review - Christian Fernández, Associate professor, Malmö University

Similar disruptions, different reactions? Refugee crises and the politicization of immigration in Sweden and Switzerland - Anders Hellström, Senior lecturer, Malmö University, Marco Bitschnau, Research Fellow, University of Neuchâtel, Didier Ruedin, Senior lecturer, University of Neuchâtel
Marie Sundström, Doctoral student, University of Gothenburg

Opening up and closing down: spaces, people and relations in a mixed neighbourhood in Malmö, Sweden - Tina Gudrun Jensen, Researcher, Malmö University and Erica Righard, Associate professor, Malmö University

When does the ‘immigrant’ stop migrating? The social understanding of immigrants in Swedish immigrant/integration-policy 1964-2000 - Peter Eriksson, Doctoral student, Malmö University

Syrian Families in Flux; a longitudinal study based on multi-sited, digital and visual ethnography conducted over two decades - Josepha Ivanka Wessels, Associate Professor, Malmö University

Where do we go from here? Anthropological reflections on the role
of the imagination in human (im)mobility -
Noel Salazar, Professor, Social and Cultural Anthropology, KU Leuven

One step back or two steps forward? Pathways in Swedish municipalities' integration policies after the 'crisis' - Måns Lundstedt, Research assistant, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

Migrants Trust in the Swedish Migration Agency. Exploring influencing factors through large scale survey data - Carolin Schütze, Postdoc at Copenhagen Business School and Affiliated researcher at MIM, Malmö University

Multiscalar un-homing: Residents’ experiences of interventions for social mix - Rebecka Söderberg, Doctoral student, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

Final seminar: Frontex in Wonderland: Banal Securitization and Normalization in the Field of EUropean External(ized) Border Management - Eline Waerp, Doctoral student, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

How Ontological (in) Security Shapes Refugee Women’s Sense of Belonging in Sweden and Beyond - Nadeen Khoury, Research Assistant, Malmö University

“Here in Sweden it’s cold. People are cold”: An intersectional approach to understanding the experiences of friendship among young migrants and non-migrants in Sweden - Jacob Lind, Nadeen Khoury and Christina Hansen, Project researchers, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

Spring 2022

University 20% seminar: Critical examination of repatriation programmes in the EU periphery (The case of Kosovo) - Valon Junuzi, Doctoral student, Malmö University

Start-up seminar: The Struggle for (Re)Producing Food and Life: Organizing Informalized Migrant Labor in the Neoliberal Era - Karen Ravn Vestergaard, Doctoral student, Malmö University

Defining Swedishness: when Swedes without a migration background are a local minority - Marina Lazëri, Doctoral student, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

MIM Master Award - 2020: Emma Gade-Nielsen; 2021: Thomas Alexander

75% PhD seminar: (De)Securitization, Crisis and Humanitarianism? Mapping the Field of EUropean External(ized) Border Management and Frontex’s ‘Border Knowledge’ - Eline Waerp, Doctoral student, Malmö University

Presentation of the RJ-funded project Academia and cultural production as ‘postmigrant’ fields in Sweden - Maja Povrzanovic Frykman, Professor, Malmö University 

A place based approach to integration: way out or dead end? - Bridget Anderson, Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies at MIM

Temporalizing infrastructures: How time and temporalities shape the encounters between asylum seekers and multiple infrastructuring - Paolo Boccagni, Professor, University of Trento

Why the Long Term Matters: Global Historical Approaches to Migration - Leo Lucassen, Professor, Leiden University

Can you live in two countries simultaneously? What theoretical approaches on transnationalism and mobilities can tell us - Marta Bivand Erdal, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Unpacking the migration–development nexus: theoretical perspectives, and empirical evidence from Albania - Russell King, Professor, University of Sussex

Controlling Immigration:  A Comparative Perspective - James Hollifield, Professor, Southern Methodist University

The work of the ‘national’ in ‘national welfare states’ - Bridget Anderson, Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies at MIM

50% seminar: Waiting for family reunification - Hilda Gustafsson, Doctoral student, Malmö University


Autumn 2021

50% seminar: Boundaries of in-group membership in Sweden - Caroline Adolfsson, Doctoral student, Malmö University  

Startup seminar: Critical Examination of repatriation programmes in the EU periphery (The case of Kosovo) - Valon Junuzi, Doctoral student, Malmö University

The Unclear Boundaries of Liberal Nationalism: Spatial, temporal and symbolic demarcations - Jon Wittrock, Senior lecturer, Malmö University

Reclaiming one’s time: Attempts of temporal synchronizations among refugee professionals in Oslo and Malmö - Katarina Mozetič, Doctoral research fellow, Oslo University

Folkvandringstid - Dick Harrison, Professor, Lund University

Teaching and Migration Studies: Experiences of Multidisciplinarity - Christian Fernández, Associate professor, Malmö University, Anna Bredström, Associate professor, Linköping University, Jens Schneider, Associate professor, University of Osnabrück, Gianni D’Amato, Professor, University of Neuchatel

Immigrants’ family patterns and household economic assimilation: A comparative study of the U.S. and Sweden - Debora Birgier, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Gothenburg

Selection into citizenship - Rainer Bauböck, Professor, European University Institute, Florence

Spaces and practices of self-organised reception: The case of the City Plaza hotel in Athens - Valeria Raimondi, PhD, Gran Sasso Science Institute L'Aquila

Beyond Typologizing (or Idealizing) Citizenship: What does it do, what does it mean? - Irene Bloemraad, Professor, University of California

Beyond open and closed borders: The Grand Transformation of Citizenship - Ayelet Shachar, Professor, University of Toronto




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Bridget Anderson, Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship,  University of Bristol, and Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies at MIM.

The work of the ‘national’ in ‘national welfare states’

James F. Hollifield
, Professor, Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

Controlling Immigration:  A Comparative Perspective

Russell King
, Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex (UK) and Visiting Professor in Migration Studies at MIM, Malmö University

Unpacking the migration–development nexus: theoretical perspectives,
and empirical evidence from Albania

Marta Bivand Erdal, Research Professor in Migration Studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Can you live in two countries simultaneously?
What theoretical approaches on transnationalism and mobilities can tell us

Rainer Bauböck, Professor, European University Institute, Florence, and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 

Selection into citizenship

Irene Bloemraad, Professor, founding director of Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and the Class of 1951 Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley 

Beyond Typologizing (or Idealizing) Citizenship: What does it do, what does it mean?

James F. Hollifield, Professor, Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas

Theorizing International Migration: Towards a ‘Unified field of Study?’


Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series

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. The objective of the Migration Society 2.0 series is to draw attention to and enhance understanding of the new forms of diversity that migration scholars are talking about under banners such as super-diversity, everyday diversity, commonplace diversity, post-migration society and so on. We are specifically interested in how diversity is normalized and resisted on different levels and spheres of society. How is this normality construed and co-produced by its own generation of agents and subjects? What kind of mindset and strategy of co-existence is diversity, really? And how is it sustained in public imagery and narratives? To answer these questions, we have handpicked seven particularly interesting and original researchers from the diversity field.

Autumn 2020 – watch the seminars 

Keith Banting, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Stauffer Dunning fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University;
Will Kymlicka, Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University.

Beyond National Identity: Shared Membership, Deservingness,
and Inclusive Solidarity in Diverse Societies

Maurice Crul, Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Identities, Diversity and Inclusion Program, University of Amsterdam

Becoming a Minority. How do people without migration background influence the living climate in majority-minority neighbourhoods?

Eva van Belle, Assistant Professor of Economics and Post doc at NCCR – on the move, University of Neuchatel

The immigrant-native wage gap: is there a gap and is it "fair"?

Miri Song, Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent

How should we (teachers and students) talk about racism
in the classroom and in our research?

Susanne Wessendorf, Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

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


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:

We focus both on a general analysis of emigration and immigration from/to Sweden and other places, and on individual experiences of migration, and how these are represented in, for instance, politics, media and museums. Here, migration concerns people moving from conflict zones and applying for asylum in Sweden as well as other countries, but also highly educated people looking for better job opportunities in, for example, Shanghai and Sweden.

Migration politics are analysed at policy and discursive levels, and migration patterns, dynamics and outcomes are considered. The perspectives range from the global to the local and from the international to the transnational, and we employ a variety of methodological approaches.

Immigration creates both opportunities and challenges for the receiving country, and many of our research projects study the policies for and processes of inclusion, particularly those related to the first years after receiving residence. Under this theme, projects and studies deal with, for example, establishing “integration” indicators in a European context, which policies and practices are encountered by asylum seekers and refugees in local contexts. Research within this theme also studies which labour market integration and housing patterns are visible, including work-life balance for various immigrant and refugee groups by educational level as well country of origin.

This research strand focuses on the representations of migration. How are issues of, for instance, ethnic diversity represented at universities, on stage in theatres, or at museums? How are national identities reproduced in the age of migration? These questions invite studies that move the research interest from “them” to “us”. What kind of stereotypes of and attitudes towards immigrants and different ethnic groups are found in societies both in and beyond the West? How do they affect majority-minority relations? How are people’s negative attitudes to increased levels of diversity translated to the realm of party politics and represented in the different media venues? More generally, how do the Scandinavian welfare states with historically homogenous populations, tackle the challenges of ethnic diversity? And what are the discursive changes and policy measures suggested and implemented in host-societies?

Other related research endeavours empirically and theoretically investigate notions of e.g. freedom of speech, hate speech activities, and tolerance and racism in everyday settings.

Almost all areas of integration are represented in our research, such as political integration, labour market integration and social integration from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. We study policy development and the effects of these policies as well as patterns of integration for the migrant communities. Several of our researchers have a special interest in the idea, institution and role of citizenship and its relation to integration. Our research focuses among other things on the motives of naturalisation policies, such as greater transparency, compulsory (cultural) assimilation, legal exclusion of foreigners, and political participation, as well as liberal democratic legitimacy. Another area of citizenship research is the formation and education of citizens in diverse societies in school. Our expertise in this field ranges from political and educational philosophy to curriculum and classroom studies and from politics and policy to ethnographic “realities on the ground”.

'You're not Swedish Swedish': Inclusion and belongingness within Sweden

Research publications in the Malmö University database Diva


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Affiliated researchers at MIM

Daniela DeBono

– is a Resident Academic at the University of Malta. She was an Associate Professor at Malmö University, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFAS Fellow at the European University Institute and the Malmö Institute for the Studies of Migration, Welfare and Citizenship. Daniela was awarded her doctorate from the University of Sussex, where she was based at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. She has conducted long-term ethnographic research on irregularised migration across the Mediterranean and border control in Malta, Lampedusa and Western Sicily. She also led an ethnographic study on deportation from Sweden. In addition, she has also published research on various aspects of Maltese citizenship and children’s rights. Her work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals.

Daniela DeBono: Read more

Björn Fryklund

Professor Emeritus, Malmö University.

Björn Fryklund: Publications and more information 

PhD. Guita Hourani
- was awarded her doctorate in Global Studies from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan. Her principal research interests are in migration, including naturalization, social mobility, return, and voting behaviour. She is also interested in diaspora politics, lobbying, out-of-country voting, and bilateral relations. She is a Country of Origin Information Expert on Lebanon for the Rights in Exile Programme, England; an Expert for Lebanon at the Global Citizenship Observatory, European University Institute, Italy; a Fellow of Women in Conflict 1325, which is based on the principles of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Beyond Borders, Edinburg, Scotland; and a Fellow of the US Department of State-sponsored Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA. She is the Co-Founder and the Advisory Board Chair of Oghma Group International, a consulting agency in Lebanon. She was the Director of the Lebanese Research Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Notre Dame University-Louaize in Lebanon.


Dr Liliia Korol

– is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ostroh Academy in Ukraine. Her main research interests are in the field of inter-ethnic relations and inter-ethnic attitudes, including tolerance, prejudice, and discrimination toward immigrant and ethnic minority groups. She is also interested in the adjustment of immigrant-origin youth in host countries. Dr Korol is the author of more than 30 scientific publications (mostly first- and single-authored research papers), including those published in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals as well as top-level journals in her field in Ukraine and Russia.

Liliia Korol: Publications

Katarina Mozetič
– is a PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Her research project explores the occupational aspirations and experiences of highly educated refugees in Oslo, Malmö and Munich.

Katarina Mozetič: Publications

Floris Peters

– is a postdoctoral researcher in the "Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition" (MiLifeStatus) project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by professor Maarten P. Vink. He holds a PhD from Maastricht University (cum laude) on the relevance of citizenship for the socio-economic integration of immigrants. Furthermore, during 2018-2020, Floris is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).

Margareta Popoola
– fil. dr. in Sociology, Associate Professor in International migration and ethnic relations.
Her research focus: Identity and ethnicity, integration and segregation in urban contexts.
 Margareta Popoola: Publications

Carolin Schütze
– is a postdoc at Copenhagen Business School. She holds a PhD from Lund University. Her primary research areas and interests include; Racial attitudes, Discrimination, Organizations, Professional attitudes, Discretion and Ontological Security. She is also part of the MIM-based research project "Exploration of hiring discrimination and possibilities for intervention through eye-tracking" which is led by Sayaka Osanami Törngren and funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Carolin Schütze: Publications and more information

Mahama Tawat

– is an Associate Researcher at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Otago in New Zealand and other postgraduate degrees from Stockholm, Malmö and Dalarna Universities in Sweden. His academic endeavours revolve around comparative migration policy with a focus on the Nordic countries, the European Union-Africa migration dialogue, comparative social policy and public management reforms (good governance). He was an assistant professor in public policy at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Comparative Immigration Studies of the University of California at San Diego in 2016 and visiting lecturer at the University of Bamberg in 2019. His publications have appeared in such academic outlets as "Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions; East European Politics; International Journal of Cultural Policy" and the London School of Economics and Political Science Blogs. 

Mahama Tawat: Bio and projects


            Malmö City Guest Professor
            in Migration Studies

(former Guest Professorship in Memory of Willy Brandt)

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

During the spring of 2022 we had the pleasure of having
Professor Bridget Anderson from Bristol University as the Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies at MIM.

Read interview with Professor Anderson

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.

Bridget Anderson (spring 2022)

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 1942-2020 (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 1925-2011 (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.

Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Bristol University, och Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol, University of Bristol 

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, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, the Aga Khan University

Peter Scholten, Professor of Migration and Diversity Policy, the Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University

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