IES Research - Migration, Diversity and Justice

Issues of migration and diversity are central to European integration. The European Union is characterized by mobility both within its borders and beyond. People move to and within the Union thanks to combinations of historical, economic, social and political factors, anticipating prospects of improved lives and opportunities. Opinion surveys and political events bear witness to the concerns of citizens all over Europe on these topics. The criteria for dealing with diversities as well as accepting immigrants and integrating them into our societies are important topics in public discourse.

The research cluster focuses on migration, immigrant integration, justice and home affairs as well as diversity policies (from the local level right up to the European Union and United Nations). We concentrate in particular on the following sub-themes:

  • The polarisation and contestation of the free movement regime in Europe.
  • The politics of refugee protection and migration control: asylum, border control, migration and immigrant integration policies of the EU and its member states; solidarity and burden-sharing in Europe; EU cooperation with countries of migrants’ origin and transit.
  • Justice and equality policies in an increasingly diverse Europe: community formation and cohesion in increasingly heterogeneous European societies.

Our team includes three senior researchers, six PhD candidates and a range of associates and interns with backgrounds in political science, law, sociology and anthropology. Our activities include teaching, fundamental and applied research and consultancy. We lead or contribute to EU- and nationally funded projects and are in close interactions with specialized research networks. We strive to be a hub for all research related issues on migration, diversity and justice in Brussels and welcome researchers, policymakers and individuals willing to engage with us. 

 

Research Team

Senior Researchers Research Interests
  • Identity; Nationalism; Racism; Roma Rights; Immigrant Integration; Ethnicity.
  • Immigration & Integration Policies (Multi-level Governance); Migration Sociology; Diversity & Multiculturalism.
  • EU Migration and Asylum Policies; EU Freedom of Movement; Border and Mobility Policies (EU and OECD).
  • EU Justice and Home Affairs (internal and external dimension); Dynamics of EU Decision-making; Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Promotion; EU-Western Balkans Relations.
     
Doctoral Researchers  
  • High Skilled Return Migration; South Asia; Cosmopolitanism; Global South; Entrepreneurship; Diaspora.
  • International Criminal & Humanitarian Law; Int./European Human Rights & Migration Law.
  • European Criminal Law; International Criminal Law; Int./European Human Rights Law; Extradition Law.
  • Europeanization; Intersectionality; Migration & Minorities; Roma Rights; Roma Women Activism; Social Movements.
  • Immigrant Integration & Anti-discrimination Policy; Diversity & Multiculturalism; Race Politics; Frame Analysis.  
Associate Researchers  
  • Diversity; Gender; Comp. EU Public Policy & Organisation; Civil Society; Transnational Mobilisation; Equality.
  • Comparative Migration Policy; Political Processes; Social Movements; Social Integration and Ethnic Relations.
  • Int./European Criminal Law; European Comparative Criminal/Constitutional Law & Procedure; EU Market Law.
  • International Criminal Law; Transnational Advocacy Networks.
  • International Migration, Sociology of Migration, European Border Management, Border Studies, Governance and Governmentality, Postcolonial Theories.

 

 

Recent Events

Date                 Event Event Type
22 March 2017

The Implementation of the EU Action Plan on Integration. Feedback from the Member States, Regional and Local Authorities

Policy Forum
14 December 2016 The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics in Central and Eastern Europe Policy Forum
7 December 2016 European Identity in Crisis: What Role for the EU? Policy Forum
28-29 October 2016

(Dis)locating EUrope: Conflicts, Challenges and Changes

Conference
19 May 2016 The Refugee Crisis and the EU Turkey Deal: Which Role for the EU's Home Affairs Agencies? Policy Forum
2 December 2015

Politicization of EU Freedom of Movement. Does EU Mobility Promote Socio-Political Integration?

Policy Forum
29 May 2015 Controlling the Edges of Europe. EU External Border Surveillance: Intersections between the Public and the Private Policy Forum
11 March 2015

The Temple Asylum Game: Workshop and Simulation Exercise on Societal Security

Workshop

14 November 2014

The European Parliament in Migration and Asylum Politics

Policy Forum

10 March 2014

Lecture Series on Migration in the Mediterranean

Spring Lecture Series

6 March 2014

The Implementation of the Blue Card Directive: what, why and what next?

Policy Forum

Spring 2013

The Multilevel Governance of Migration and Immigrant Integration Spring Lecture Series
17 January 2013  Climate Migration: From Research to (EU) Policy-making Policy Forum
Spring 2012 The International Criminal Court's Second Decade: Quo Vadis? Spring Lecture Series
25-26 April 2012 Reasonable Accommodation of Cultural Diversity in Belgium and Canada Expert Conference


Current Projects

Policing the Brain-Gain: Cross Border Social Networks in Migration Trends and Governance Implications in the Global North and South Malasree Neepa Acharya
In Search of the Meaning, the Scope and the Outer Limits of the Concept of 'Organizational' for the Purpose of the Definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the ICC-Statute Mathias Holvoet
Demystifying the Trust Problem in EU Criminal Law: Enhancing Mutual Trust by Harmonising Criminal Procedural Rights Auke Willems
The Europeanisation of Romani Women Policies & Politics in Central & Eastern European Member States Serena D'Agostino

Governing Diversity in Europe: Colour-blind vs. Colour-conscious Policymaking in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

Laura Westerveen
L'Enquête POMBE - Une enquête auprès de personnes originaires d'Afrique subsaharienne. Ilke Adam

Past Projects

The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law

 Irene Wieczorek

Belgo-Marocains, Belgo-Turcs: (auto)portrait de nos concitoyens

Corinne Torrekens/Ilke Adam

Renforcer la coopération institutionnelle pour améliorer l’accès des personnes issues de l'immigration au marché du travail

Ilke Adam/Mathijs van Dijk

A European Framework for Migrant Integration

Hannelore Goeman
Reasonable Accommodation of Cultural Diversity in a Working Environment Ilke Adam/Souâd Hamdoui/Andrew Crosby
Risks and Opportunities of the Crisis on Civil Society Organizations in the EU (ROCCS) Alison Woodward/Jamal Shahin/Georgios Terzis
Migrant Integration Best Practices Across the Atlantic: Brussels and Detroit Richard Lewis/Fred Pearson

 

Recent Publications

2017

  • ACHARYA, Malasree Neepa (forthcoming). 2017. Postcolonial Music: Pastoral Nostalgia and Urban Imagination in Jibanmukhi gaan in Calcutta (1974-1994), South Asian Journal of Popular Culture.
  • ADAM, Ilke (forthcoming). 2017. Immigration and Sub-State Nations. Researching the Nexus, in: Hepburn, Eve and Detterbeck, Klaus (eds.), Handbook of Territorial Politics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.  
  • ROOS, Christof (in press). 2017. Freedom of Movement in the EU and Welfare State Closure - Welfare Regime Type, Benefit Restrictions and Their Implications for Social Mobility, in: Wulfgramm, Melike, Bieber, Tonia, Leibfried, Stephan (eds.), Welfare State Transformations and Inequality in OECD Countries, Palgrave: Houndmills, pp. 267-289.
  • TRAUNER, Florian & RIPOLL SERVENT, Ariadna (eds.) (forthcoming, under contract). 2017. Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research, London: Routledge.

2016

2015

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