The research field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) is multidisciplinary and incorporates approaches from both the social sciences and humanities. It has a focus on the processes of mobility, inclusion and exclusion and its varying expressions in politics, policies, places, institutions, and everyday lived experiences.
The research environment has an interdisciplinary approach and reflects expertise in:
The environment largely overlaps with the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), and is a natural meeting point for researchers and others who are jointly committed to investigating migration-related issues, and to working in an interdisciplinary setting.
The plurality of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches of international migration and ethnic relations stimulates new and original research ideas and projects. It also offers an inclusive and innovative academic environment for international students and teachers.
Our research can be broadly divided into 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
Doctoral studies in International migration and Ethnic Relations
Malmö University offers doctoral studies in International migration and Ethnic Relations.
The subject IMER is a broad research topic with a multi and interdisciplinary basis. It's about the consequences of migration for both the society of origin and destination at different levels, on the structural, institutional, group and individual level, and how ethnic relations and ethnic diversity become important characteristics for society due to, or as a result of, migration.
Central adjoining areas of research relate to citizenship, belonging, diaspora and identity, as well as unwanted processes such as marginalisation, exclusion and alienation.