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.

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Summer 2020


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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MIM Publications

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.

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

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


Lecture Series at MIM’s Migration Seminar

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.

17 September
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Title TBA
Susanne Wessendorf, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science

24 September
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Title TBA
Miri Song, Professor, University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

1 October
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Title TBA
Eva van Belle, Postdoctoral researcher, NCCR - on the move

8 October
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Becoming a Minority. How do people without migration background influence the living climate in majority minority neighborhoods?
Maurice Crul, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, the Free University in Amsterdam

15 October
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Exit. A New Agenda for Migration Research
Thomas Faist, Professor, Bielefeld Universit

12 November
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Title TBA
Keith Banting, Professor Emeritus, Political Studies; Stauffer Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies

19 November
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series
Rethinking Disaster Nationalism – lessons from a pandemic
Bridget Anderson, Professor, University of Bristol

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.

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.

Guest professor spring 2020: Magdalena Nowicka 

Magdalena Nowicka is Professor for Migration and Transnationalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Head of Department Integration of the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research DeZIM e.V. in Berlin.

Magdalena Nowicka holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (2005), a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland (1999).  She led the project „TRANSFORmIG. Transforming Migration – Transnational Transfer of Multicultural Habitus“  funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant Scheme (2013-2018) as well as various projects on Polish migration to Germany.

Magdalena is member of the German Sociological Association, Council for Migration, diverse research networks, advisory boards of international journals (ex. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Advances in Research: Migration and Society), and she is alumna of the German Young Academy. Her research and teaching activities are in the field of transnational migration in Europe, cosmopolitanism and conviviality, social inequalities, diversity, racism and qualitative research methods. Currently, she is PI of the project Revis(ualis)ing Intersectionality financed by the Volkswagen Foundation within its programme “"Original - isn't it?" New Options for the Humanities and Cultural Studies“ (2019-2020, together with Prof. Elahe Hashemi-Yekani, HU Berlin). Her latest book publications are Transnationalismus (in German, Nomos 2019) and Studying Diversity, Migration and Urban Multiculture. Convivial Tools for Research and Practice, co-edited with Mette Louise Berg (UCL Press 2019).


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