New Cititzenship Databases are Made Available

The nccr – on the move has developed two databases, making them available freely for non-commercial use by the general public.

The Repository on Citizenship Law in Switzerland offers the first comprehensive, open-access and user-friendly repository of past and current legal documents on citizenship in Switzerland, at the federal level and in the 26 cantons.

The Dataset on Migration Referendums and Initiatives compiles all 42 referendums and popular initiatives on migration related issues that took place at the federal level in Switzerland between 1848 and 2016, the list and details of which can be found on the website of the Federal administration.

Responsible for these databases are Stefanie Kurt and Jean-Thomas Arrighi, both PostDocs at the project “Unity and Diversity in Cohesion: Immigration, Citizenship and Federalism” by Cesla Amarelle and Gianni D’Amato.

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The nccr – on the move at the 2017 EUI’s State of the Union conference on “Building a People’s Europe”

The State of the Union conference is a reference point in the EU agenda for policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, as well as academics. Over the years, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, the President of the European Commission, and the President of the European Parliament have taken part in the event.

European Citizenship – Facts & Figures

The nccr – on the move was not only one of the supporting partners of the event, the center has also collaborated with the Global Citizenship Observatory and GlobalStat Database at the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies to create visualizations of facts and figures on citizenship, political participation and immigration within the EU.

Access to Citizenship and Political Participation

You can find more information on the State of the Union website or in the flyer (PDF).


Filmreihe zu Migration «On the Mov(i)e»

Der «nccr – on the move»  ist Sponsor der Filmreihe zu Migration «On the Mov(i)e», die vom Swiss Network of young Migration Scholars SNyMS organisiert wird.

Cinématte Bern

Montag, 3. April 2017, 19.30
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Anschliessend Diskussion mit Constantin Hruschka, Schweizerische Flüchtlingshilfe, und Simon Sontowski, Universität Zürich.
(Rückblick auf Englisch)

Montag, 22. Mai 2017, 19.30
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Anschliessend Diskussion mit Daniel Auer, nccr – on the move, und Harika Yilmaz, Autonome Schule Zürich

Donnerstag, 8. Juni 2017, 19.30
Der Wille zum Mitgestalten
Anschliessend Diskussion mit Stefanie Kurt, nccr – on the move, und Hasim Sancar, Grüne Kanton Bern

Programm (PDF)


Io sto con la sposa: First screening of “on the mov(i)e”

The first screening of “on the mov(i)e – a film series on migration” took place at the CinéMatte on 3 April 2017. The Italian film “Io sto con la sposa” triggered a passionate discussion with Simon Sontowski and Constantin Hruschka.

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More than 40 people attended the film evening at the movie theater “CinéMatte” in Bern to see “Io sto con la sposa”, an Italian film, which addresses the topic of migration control in an original and critical way. The film was born out of an encounter of the filmmakers with five refugees in Italy. The filmmakers decided to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. The film was well received by the audience who accompanied this highly emotionally charged journey through Europe. It also triggered very interesting discussions with the two experts who were invited: Simon Sontowski, doctoral candidate in human geography at the University of Zurich and volunteer at “Alarmphone Schweiz”, and Constantin Hruschka, Head of Protection at the Swiss Refugee Council. Their contributions were extremely valuable as they helped the audience understand the legal framework and the socio-political context in which the film plays. They further raised some critical points regarding the European border regime and asylum system.

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© Tiphaine Robert, SNyMS

“On the mov(i)e” is a film series organized by the Swiss Network of young Migration Scholars (SNyMS) and financed by the nccr – on the move. By screening various films dealing with the topic of migration in varying ways, the network aims at informing and engaging a non-academic public in an active discussion on migration-related issues. The next screening will take place on Monday, 22 May 2017 at the CinéMatte Bern. We will see “Drachenfutter”, a 1987 West German film, which will enable us to discuss about the economic and social integration of asylum seekers together with our experts, Harika Yilmaz (Autonome Schule Zürich) and Daniel Auer (nccr – on the move, University of Lausanne). You are very welcome to join us!

Laura Rezzonico, doctoral student on the project Restricting immigration: practices, experiences and resistance

Program of the series


29 – 30 May 2017. Causes and Consequences of Highly-Skilled Migrants in the Labor Market.

International Workshop
Causes and Consequences of Highly-Skilled Migrants in the Labor Market
nccr – on the move and NCCR LIVES

29 – 30 May 2017
University of Geneva, Uni Mail, Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40

This workshop is public and free. For organizational reasons, please send an email to Marco Pecoraro if you want to join.

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Program (PDF)

Highly-skilled migration and the international mobility of talent is a major issue in a globalized world. Most studies in the literature focus on the economic evaluation of gains and losses due to the brain drain (human capital emigration) from developing to developed countries. One of them is the phenomenon of brain waste according to which migrant workers underutilize their education and skills in the host labor market. Another topic of interest refers to the host labor market effects of immigration. In parallel, a growing number of studies have stressed the role of skilled migration in generating benefits for destination countries. Finally, a new trend in the literature analyzes the effects of high-skilled immigration taking the perspective of firms.

This workshop on the highly-skilled migration aims at assembling the best and most recent contributions of empirical research active in the fields of economics, sociology and demography to discuss approaches across disciplinary boundaries and benefit from cross-fertilization.

The workshop is part of the IMISCOE research initiative on highly-skilled migrants and brain waste.


2 June 2017. Death at Sea and Non-Access to Asylum: Distorting Governance Gaps through the Co-Option of Human Rights. Next Public Lecture by Violeta Moreno-Lax @ University of Bern.

Crossing Borders – and Then?

Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move. Spring 2017.

With this series of lectures, the nccr – on the move explores the refugee crisis, migration, and their political implications. How do people cross a border today in Europe? Which legal frameworks regulate migration and access to asylum? How effective is the current governance of migration policies? What are the political consequences of migration in host countries? Prominent scholars will address these questions and deepen the international debate on migration and mobility.

nccrotm-lecture-series-4-webThursday, 23 February 2017
18:15 – 19:45, University of Fribourg, Avenue de l’Europe 20, Main Building, MIS 4112 (Saal Jäggi)
Migration, Borders, and the Territoriality of EU Law
Jürgen Bast, Faculty of Law, Justus Liebig University of Giessen
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 9 March 2017
10:15 – 11:15, University of Lucerne, Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.B55
Borderline Decisions – Non-Refoulement at the Border
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, All Souls College, University of Oxford
Download the abstract (PDF)
The public lecture is part of an international conference on borderline decisions.

Thursday, 23 March 2017
18:15 – 19:45, University of Neuchatel, Rue Abram-Louis-Breguet 1, Moyen Auditoire (Lecture Hall 301)
Measuring Immigration Policies and their Effects
Marc Helbling, Department of Political Science, University of Bamberg
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 6 April 2017
16:30 – 18:00, University of Lausanne, Rue de la Mouline 28, 1022 Chavannes-près-Renens, Bâtiment IDHEAP, Aula
Welfare Attitudes in Diverse Societies
Wim van Oorschot, Department of Sociology, Leuven University
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Thursday, 27 April 2017
10:00 – 12:00, University of Neuchatel, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, Room RS38
Semantic Contact: Migrants Encountering the Representations of Host Communities
Alex Gillespie, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Friday, 2 June 2017
18:15 – 19:45, University of Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Room A 022
Death at Sea and Non-Access to Asylum: Distorting Governance Gaps through the Co-Option of Human Rights
Violeta Moreno-Lax, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
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Friday, 16 June 2017
17:00 – 18:30, University of Basel, Peter Merian-Weg 6, Auditorium
Current UK Perspectives on Immigration Policy
Alan Manning, London School of Economics

Download the program flyer (PDF)


Research and Publication Colloquium. Challenges in Post-Industrial Labor Markets

This interdisciplinary colloquium is jointly organized by IDHEAP (University of Lausanne), nccr – on the move (University of Neuchatel) and NCCR-LIVES (University of Lausanne). Its aim is to gather scholars interested in labor markets and their interrelation with society to discuss their research and provide a platform to get feedback on their work-in progress.

The colloquium will be held on Tuesdays from 12:15–13:15 h @ University of Lausanne, IDHEAP, Room 004. 

Dates for the spring term 2017
24.01. / 07.02. / 21.02. / 21.03. / 11.04. / 02.05. / 23.05. / 20.06.
Full program (PDF).
Please register by sending an email to Flavia Fossati.

If you want to present your work-in progress next semester (fall 2017) please contact Flavia Fossati.


Neuchatel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies

University of Neuchatel, 22–23 June 2017
The nccr – on the move holds its annual conference 2017 in the format of an international graduate conference targeting young migration and mobility scholars who will present and discuss their work.

Keynote speakers are Wolfgang Streeck, Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne) and Christina Boswell, Director of Research for the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

More information


Postdoctoral Research Fellow @ the nccr – on the move

Within the network, different research projects are interested in creating a repository for legal sources and data on migration. In order to achieve this objective, the nccr – on the move is currently looking to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (80%)
for a six-month appointment.

The successful applicant will be expected to a) collect legal data on migration-related issues in the Swiss federal context; b) assist with the production of migration-related databases, indicators and online visualization tools, c) author or co-author at least one academic article based on the data collected as part of the project.

Deadline for application is 15 May 2017.

Job announcement (PDF)