People on the Move in an Evolving Europe. An Epilog.

nccr – on the move Summer School 2017, Fribourg

From 20 to 25 August 2017, the nccr – on the move Summer School was organized and hosted by the University of Fribourg. This year’s overarching topic was “People on the Move in an Evolving Europe”.

During the five days of interdisciplinary lectures, presentations and discussions, 14 doctoral students and PostDocs from all over the world (Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Scotland, the US, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland) were able to learn about and exchange views on the latest developments in the area of migration law and policy in Europe. In the mornings, distinguished international lecturers provided precious input that the participants discussed afterwards. In the afternoons, the fellows had the opportunity to present their research projects, which were commented on by the lecturers and the peers.

Faculty members were professors Hildegard Schneider (Maastricht University), René de Groot (Maastricht University), Dagmar Schiek (Queen’s University Belfast), Catherine Barnard (Cambridge University), Paul James Cardwell (Strathclyde University Glasgow), Kees Groenendijk (Radboud University Nijmegen), Yukari Ando (Osaka University) and Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf (Fribourg University), as well as Constantin Hruschka (Swiss Refugee Council, Bern). Their lecture topics ranged from EU citizenship, Asylum Law, Brexit, to mobility and non-discrimination as well as forced return and integration. It was particularly enriching from a comparative perspective to get some insights about Japan’s migration law, which was presented by Prof. Ando from Osaka.

Prof. Paul James Cardwell, Strathclyde University Glasgow, discussed the EU’s relationships with partner countries

Finally yet importantly, the participants also had the possibility to discover some cultural aspects of their host town: On Thursday night, the group gathered around a delicious cheese fondue in Fribourg’s famous Café du Midi.

While saying good-bye on Friday, participant Katarzyna Templin-Ukleja from Warsaw expressed her full satisfaction:

“The Summer School was a great opportunity to deepen my understanding of the mechanisms in Europe seen from different angles and reflect on my interests in migration issues and the possibilities of their further development. I am very glad I had the possibility to come to Fribourg.”

Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf
nccr – on the move, Project Leader of the project “The Emergence of a European Law on Foreigners

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)

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

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.

Call for Papers. Workshop on the Law and Economics of Migration and Mobility @ University of Bern.

15 – 16 June 2017

Workshop on the Law and Economics of Migration and Mobility
University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland

Migration and (international) mobility are crucial parts of a globalized economy. While economists often emphasize the efficiency gains of free movement of people, political and legal debates in the recent past have taken a more defensive stand, particularly on immigration and issues related to the refugee crisis. This workshop aims to discuss current research relating to the field of migration and mobility, in particular from an interdisciplinary law & economics perspective.

Call for Papers PDF

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Dr. Philip Hanke
nccr – on the move and Department of Public Law, University of Bern
Dr. Stephan Michel
Institute of Law and Economics, Universität Hamburg

Deadline for submission is 15 March 2017.


Education and Careers Officer (50 – 60 %) @ the nccr – on the move

To complete the nccr – on the move Network Office we are searching for an

Education and Careers Officer (50 – 60 %)

The start date will be 1 October 2017 (or as agreed upon). Your main task is to further develop and implement the nccr – on the move’s Education and Training Strategy. In your function as Education Officer, you will draft the regulations of the doctoral program and manage its implementation, and in your function as a Careers Officer, you are the contact person at the Network Office for the NCCR doctoral students and PostDocs.

Full job description including the qualifications required and application details (PDF)

Deadline for application is 31 July 2017.

16 June 2017. Current UK Perspectives on Immigration Policy. Next Public Lecture by Alan Manning @ University of Basel.

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
Download the abstract (PDF)

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
Download the abstract (PDF)

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 abstract (PDF)

Download the program flyer (PDF)

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.

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
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”

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.


© 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

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).

8 mai 2017. Conférence-débat. L’accueil des jeunes réfugié·e·s en Suisse: état des lieux et réflexions pour le futur

Lundi 8 mai, 12h15 – 13h45
Université de Neuchâtel, avenue du 1er-Mars 26, Salle B32

Conférence-débat organisée par le Swiss Network for International Studies SNIS, le «nccr – on the move» et l’Université de Neuchâtel

Des dizaines de milliers de migrant·e·s fuyant des conflits ont trouvé refuge en Europe au cours des dernières années, dont un grand nombre de jeunes et des mineur·e·s non-accompagné·e·s. Quelles sont les politiques d’accueil et d’intégration menées en Europe, et en Suisse en particulier. Comment accueillir les jeunes dans une perspective d’avenir ? Quelles sont les actions au niveau local et les initiatives citoyennes qui contribuent au dialogue entre la population et les personnes nouvellement arrivées.

Intervenantes: Denise EFIONAYI-MÄDER, Vice-Directrice du Forum suisse pour l’étude des migrations et de la population (SFM), Université de Neuchâtel; Katrina LOURIE, Programme Officer, Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC), Genève; Céline MAYE, Déléguée à l’intégration et cheffe du Service de la cohésion multiculturelle (COSM) du Canton de Neuchâtel; et Melete SOLOMON-KUFLOM, Fondatrice et Membre du Comité, Association de Médiatrices Interculturelles (AMIC), Genève.

Modération: Prof. Gianni D’AMATO, directeur du «nccr – on the move», Université de Neuchâtel

Dépliant (PDF)

accès libre – inscription par e-mail à:
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: sandwiches à disposition des personnes inscrites

Call for Visiting Fellows. Fall Term 2017. 

Outgoing and Incoming Short-Term Visiting Fellowships

The nccr – on the move wants to encourage the network members to link up with research teams abroad. For this purpose it is setting up short-term visiting fellowship schemes which can be used for both incoming and outgoing fellows.

The “outgoing” fellowship scheme is aimed at nccr – on the move PostDocs and doctoral students who wish to go abroad for a maximum of five months.  The “incoming” fellowship scheme can be used to host senior (PostDoc) and junior (PreDoc) researchers from abroad who wish to collaborate with nccr – on the move researchers in Switzerland for a duration of two to three months.

Full call including eligibility and application procedure (PDF)

Deadline for application is 25 April 2017.

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nccr – on the move Summer school 2017. Monday, 21 August to Friday, 25 August 2017. University of Fribourg.

Call for Applications.

People on the Move in an Evolving Europe. EU Law and Policy on Mobility, Migration and Asylum.

The freedom of movement and residence for persons is one of the cornerstones of the European Union. However, it is not an uncontested principle – as recent events have clearly shown. Added to this is a growing concern regarding migratory movements of Third Country Nationals to Member States of the European Union: either as labor migrants, in the form of family reunification, or as applicants for international protection. The EU and its Member States currently face the challenge of having to find a way forward within the legal and political frameworks existing in Europe. This year’s summer school aims at adressing this challenge from different perspectives.

Extended deadline for application is 26 April 2017.

More on the summer school by the nccr – on the move.

Stelle für eine(n) Wissenschaftliche(n) Assistentin oder Assistenten in Politischer Ökonomie an der Universität Basel

Professur Politische Ökonomie an der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel

Wir bieten Ihnen die Möglichkeit, in einem auf angewandte wissenschaftliche Forschung ausgerichteten internationalen Umfeld sowie im Netzwerk des nccr – on the move im Projekt The Economic Impact of New Migration and Integration Issues eine Dissertation im Bereich Politische Ökonomie und Migration zu verfassen.

Bewerbung bis 2. April 2017 per Email an Prof. Dr. Alois Stutzer.

Stellenausschreibung (PDF)

23 – 24 March 2017. Conference on Discrimination in the Context of Migration and Mobility at the University of Neuchatel.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Discrimination in the Context of Migration and Mobility

University of Neuchatel, Main Building, Avenue du 1er-Mars 26, Rooms C43 and C56

This two-day conference aims to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange, which unpacks the implications of commonalities and ambiguities in understandings and uses of the notion of discrimination. The event brings together researchers from different academic disciplines to discuss the meaning and use of discrimination as a concept. It will also shed light on different methods employed to study discrimination “on the ground”.

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Various levels of analysis will be considered, including institutional discrimination, discrimination in interpersonal interaction and intergroup settings, and discrimination at the level of public representation. The aim is to create the basis for a more comprehensive understanding of discrimination across disciplines, including, but not limited to, Economics, Legal Studies, Social Sciences and Philosophy. The conference combines the discussion of different understandings and methodological approaches to discrimination with case studies of ethnic and racial, religious and gender discrimination.

The conference is organized in the framework of the nccr – on the move. We invite interested students and scholars to join the conference as non-presenting audience. Places are limited and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Registration fees are CHF 25 for students and PhD candidates and CHF 50 for PostDocs and senior scholars. Please e-mail Eva Zschirnt to register for the event.

Program PDF

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.



Borderline Decisions. International Conference @ University of Lucerne on 9 March 2017.

International Conference
Borderline Decisions
University of Lucerne

See the conference program (PDF)


The second public lecture of the nccr – on the move spring 2017 series “Crossing Borders – and Then?” is embedded in this international conference.

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:15 – 11:15 h
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

9 – 10 February 2017. Workshop on Cross-Border Marriages at the University of Neuchatel

Interdisciplinary Workshop
Cross-Border Marriages: Intersecting Boundaries in Transnational Social Spaces

9 – 10 February 2017, University of Neuchatel
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, Room R.E.46

Marriage is one of those practices that increasingly occur in transnational spaces. For the past few years, there has been a growing interest among social scientists to analyze the motivations, practices and constraints inherent in this form of transnationalization. At the same time, cross-border marriage has become an important topic in immigration countries, particularly when it involves migrants from non-European countries. This workshop discusses cross-border marriages in the light of the social and symbolic boundaries that are built upon, contested, produced or maintained.

Flyer (PDF)

Full program (PDF)

Please send an e-mail to Joelle Moret to register for the event.

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Neuchatel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies

University of Neuchatel, 22–23 June 2017

Call for Papers and Panels.
Deadline for Submission is 31 January 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 speaker is Wolfgang Streeck, Emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne).

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Call for Papers and Panels
We welcome papers and panels addressing any topic in migration and mobility studies from all related disciplines such as demography, economics, geography, law, political science, sociology, and other relevant fields. Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered.

Call for Papers and Panels (PDF)

Best Paper Award
The Neuchatel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies offers a prize of CHF 500 for the best paper to be submitted and presented at the conference.

Table ronde d’expert⋅e⋅s « D’un statut provisoire à un statut durable. L’intégration des personnes relevant du domaine de l’asile »

Une des responsabilités d’un Pôle national de recherche tel que le « nccr – on the move » est d’initier et de stimuler un dialogue entre recherche et pratique. La première table ronde d’expert⋅e⋅s organisée à Berne le 12 décembre 2016 s’inscrit dans cette volonté d’ouvrir le débat. Le thème choisi, celui de l’intégration des personnes relevant du domaine de l’asile, a suscité un grand intérêt, quelque 60 participant⋅e⋅s ayant répondu présent⋅e⋅s. La journée a ainsi permis la présentation d’analyses économiques, juridiques, démographiques, et de sciences politiques menées au sein du « nccr – on the move », ainsi que leur mise en perspective, parfois critique, toujours constructive, par nos invités représentants de la pratique. Les discussions ont été fournies et constituent la preuve du succès de cette table ronde.

« La politique d’intégration est en mutation ». Gianni D’Amato, directeur du « nccr – on the move », a ouvert la journée sur ces mots, mentionnant les différents chantiers législatifs en cours. La journée entière a démontré comment, dans le domaine de l’asile, la question de l’intégration est complexe, aux confluents de législations et d’intérêts divers, et de pratiques peu unifiées.

La matinée a été consacrée aux défis et opportunités liés aux procédures d’asile. La présentation de Dominik Hangartner a d’abord montré, à partir de données quantitatives, les effets positifs d’une procédure d’asile rapide sur l’intégration professionnelle des personnes au bénéfice d’une admission provisoire. La prise en compte des compétences linguistiques des individus dans leur attribution aux cantons constitue également un facteur positif : les personnes provenant de pays africains francophones voient pratiquement leur probabilité de trouver un emploi doubler dans les cantons romands. Teresia Gordzielik a ensuite proposé une analyse juridique des prestations sociales accordées aux demandeuses et demandeurs d’asile, mettant en lumière deux tendances liées. D’un côté le démantèlement des prestations accordées, censées garantir aux personnes des droits humains de base ; de l’autre la part croissante des éléments de contrôle dans ces mêmes prestations. La chercheuse suggère que la Confédération mette en place des conditions-cadres pour éviter les inégalités cantonales dans ce domaine et « apporter de la lumière dans une jungle caractérisée par l’arbitraire ». Les résultats de recherche présentés par Veronica Preotu Petrencu, enfin, établissent un lien de causalité entre l’exposition à la violence (guerre et génocides) pendant l’enfance et le risque de comportements criminels parmi les requérant⋅e⋅s d’asile en Suisse. La chercheuse met cependant en lumière les effets positifs à cet égard de certaines politiques, en particulier celles qui promeuvent l’intégration de ces personnes en facilitant leur accès au marché du travail ou en leur offrant des perspectives durables de rester.


Les présentations et débats de l’après-midi ont quant à eux traité des trajectoires d’intégration des personnes relevant du domaine de l’asile. La présentation de Philippe Wanner a souligné les avantages d’une analyse longitudinale – une méthodologie novatrice – des données quantitatives pour mesurer l’intégration structurelle des personnes du domaine de l’asile. Une telle reconstruction des trajectoires permet de montrer qu’il existe, du moins dans certain cas, un lien entre procédures d’asile rapides et intégration sur le marché du travail. Le chercheur met cependant en garde contre une analyse mono-causale : il est nécessaire de prendre en considération d’autres facteurs explicatifs, qu’ils soient contextuels – notamment les phénomènes de discrimination – ou liées aux caractéristiques des individus, par exemple leur niveau de qualification, leurs réseaux personnels, ou encore leurs compétences linguistiques. Finalement, Stefanie Kurt et Valentin Zuber ont présenté un outil qui sera mis très prochainement à disposition de toute personne intéressée, du domaine de la pratique, du politique, de la recherche ou encore des médias, et qui permet de rendre compte des parcours vers la citoyenneté. Cette base de données exhaustive des bases législatives fédérales et cantonales concernant la naturalisation, les droits politiques, l’intégration et l’accès au permis d’établissement, doit servir, selon les intervenant⋅e⋅s, à « une meilleure compréhension de la manière dont les institutions suisses gèrent les questions migratoires ».

Les remarques des représentants de la pratique invités à commenter les différentes présentations, et les débats que ces commentaires ont lancés, ont été vifs et stimulants. Constantin Hruschka (Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfugiés), Attilio Cometta (Conférence des délégués cantonaux à l’intégration), Adrian Gerber (Secrétariat d’État aux migrations) et Joachim Stern (Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés), ont – heureusement pour nous – confirmé la pertinence des résultats présentés de leur point de vue. Ils se sont entre autres accordés sur l’importance de reconnaître les effets négatifs de longues périodes d’incertitude légale et d’un accès limité, voire inexistant, aux mesures d’intégration pour certaines personnes qui sont pourtant appelées à rester. Manquer cette « fenêtre d’intégration » – comme l’a appelée Dominik Hangartner – est néfaste pour les personnes concernées, mais également pour le pays qui les accueille. Joachim Stern a d’ailleurs rappelé que la Suisse était le seul pays à maintenir un statut aussi précaire que celui de l’admission provisoire.


Les effets concrets des différences cantonales pour les personnes concernées, au plan législatif comme à celui de la pratique, ont également suscité de nombreuses réactions de la part des participant⋅e⋅s. Attilio Cometta a entre autres insisté sur l’importance du travail de la Confédération pour garantir une meilleure égalité de traitement. Le public a également mis en avant la nécessité d’échanger sur les bonnes pratiques cantonales dans ce contexte. La base de données créée par les chercheuses et chercheurs du « nccr – on the move » peut contribuer à ces échanges en fournissant une base de discussion solide et complète. D’ailleurs, très concrètement, la table ronde a permis de réaliser la pertinence d’intégrer les bases législatives sur les prestations sociales analysées par Teresia Gordzielik à cette base de données.

Certaines dimensions spécifiques de l’intégration ont encore fait l’objet de débats animés. Plusieurs personnes ont noté la nécessité de différencier les parcours d’intégration, notamment en fonction du genre, de l’origine, du niveau de formation, ou encore de la couleur de peau des individus concernés. Les conditions dans lesquelles ces parcours d’intégration ont lieu constituent également une dimension importante, en particulier en ce qui concerne la reconnaissance des qualifications ou des diplômes, ou encore – aspect largement discuté – les processus de discrimination auxquels sont confrontées les personnes du domaine de l’asile.

Finalement, si tout le monde s’accorde sur la nécessité de continuer la recherche dans ce domaine et de faire connaître les résultats, la manière de le faire reste une question complexe. Selon Constantin Hrushka, alors que la Suisse comme le reste du monde est entrée dans l’ « ère de la post-vérité », il est plus que jamais nécessaire de trouver les moyens pour faire entendre – et comprendre – nos résultats au monde politique. Autre mot-clé de l’année 2016, celui de « bulle de filtrage », utilisé par Adrian Gerber pour souligner l’importance d’initier spécifiquement un dialogue avec les personnes, à tous les niveaux politiques, qui ne sont pas déjà informées de nos résultats.

En guise de conclusion, Gianni D’Amato s’est dit conscient des immenses responsabilités du « nccr – on the move ». La recherche de pointe menée au sein de ce réseau d’excellence suisse doit être reconnue, ses résultats pris en compte au-delà du monde académique. La table ronde d’expert⋅e⋅s organisée à Berne constitue un outil parmi d’autres dans ce but. C’est ensuite aux représentant⋅e⋅s des communes, des cantons, et de la confédération, des organisations non-étatiques ou encore de la société civile de développer des discours, des actions, des pratiques, des politiques et des législations qui s’inspirent de ces résultats. De notre côté, les échanges initiés lors de cette journée nous ont convaincu de la nécessité de poursuivre dans cette voie du dialogue.

Joëlle Moret, Responsable du transfert de connaissances, « nccr – on the move »

The nccr – on the move is searching for a 70% PhD position at the University of Fribourg

To complete her research team, Prof. Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf at the University of Fribourg (Law Faculty, Chair for EU Law and Migration Law) is seeking a candidate for a position as

PhD student (70%)

The successful applicant is expected to collaborate within a project on EU migration law.

Deadline for application is 30 November 2016.

Job announcement (PDF)

24 – 25 November 2016. Migration and Mobility and its Relation to Social Transformation. Lecture and Workshop at the University of Neuchatel.

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 18:15 h
Opening Public Lecture in French

Pour une sociologie “totale” des phénomènes migratoires
Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales EHESS, Paris

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Friday, 25 November 2016, 09:30 h
Public Workshop

Migration and Mobility and its Relation to Social Transformation
The workshop investigates the Migration-Mobility Nexus to understand the deep transformations of Western Societies. Distinguished international scholars are invited to debate this question with the researchers of the nccr – on the move. On a theoretical level, speakers will question the concepts of migration and mobility, and their impact on the academic and public debate. Empirically, they will address the transformations of increasingly diverse societies, and their political, economic, legal, and societal consequences. The workshop takes a resolutely interdisciplinary perspective and is open to the wider public of the University of Neuchatel and beyond.

Program flyer (PDF)

Please send an e-mail to Gina Fiore Walder to register for the public workshop. Deadline for registration is 21 November 2016.

Factorial Designs in Recruiter Surveys. Workshop at the University of Bern.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

University of Bern, Unitobler (Room F-105) and von Roll area (Room B 305)

The workshop aims at an exchange on labor market vignette studies, especially on recruitment and hiring. The focus will be on discussing issues of analyzing experimental vignette study data, embedded in recruiter surveys. Several research groups who currently conduct vignette studies in Switzerland and abroad will use the opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress.

Andreas Damelang (University of Erlangen)
Valentina di Stasio (University of Oxford)

Workshop program (PDF)

The workshop is organized by Christian Imdorf, NEGOTIATE@University of Basel and Institute of Sociology@University of Bern, together with Flavia Fossati, nccr – on the move, and Daniel Oesch, NCCR LIVES.


3 – 4 November 2016. Workshop on Borders and Boundaries at the University of Neuchatel.

Interdisciplinary Workshop
Revisiting Borders and Boundaries: Gendered Politics and Experiences of Migrant Inclusion and Exclusion

3 – 4 November 2016, University of Neuchatel
Avenue du 1er-Mars 26 (Main Building)

This workshop addresses questions of inclusion and exclusion by bringing together two theoretical approaches, which are in general employed in different fields. One focuses on boundaries and boundary work. The other places borders and bordering practices at its center stage.  Additionally, a gender perspective is applied to illuminate the links between borders and boundaries.

Flyer (PDF)

Full program (PDF)

Please send an e-mail to Carolin Fischer to register for the event.

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Call for new projects for phase II of the nccr – on the move.

The nccr – on the move is seeking to recruit three Switzerland based research teams working on migration and mobility issues for its second four-year cycle (the so-called Phase II), which is scheduled to run from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2022.

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To be eligible for funding, project proposals should address research questions related to the migration-mobility nexus. The future research agenda of the nccr – on the move will be organized  in one transversal research module (“Social Transformations”) and three thematic research modules. These are “Citizenship, Social Cohesion and Democracy”, “Shadows of Mobilities”, and “Transnational Mobilities and Complex Diversities”. We are launching a call for three projects.

Shadows of Mobilities
Call 1: A project investigating flows and skills: migration and inequality (international level)
Call 2: A project investigating the multifaceted crisis in immigration countries (domestic level)

Transnational Mobilities and Complex Diversities
Call 3: A project investigating regulation of mobilities

Full call including basic conditions as well as application and selection procedure (PDF)

Deadline for application is 31 October 2016.

The nccr – on the move is searching for a 50% PostDoc position at the University of Neuchatel

To complete research within the NCCR project Gender as Boundary Marker in Migration and Mobility the nccr – on the move is seeking to hire a

Post-Doc (50%)
for the duration of 18 months, starting 1 December 2016 (or by appointment).

The successful applicant will contribute to an ongoing research project titled “[En]countering everyday otherness: Gendered responses to boundaries among second-generation migrants”. Using qualitative methods and adopting a gender perspective, the study examines how experiences of otherness are interpreted, appropriated and modified by second-generation migrants in their everyday lives.

Deadline for application is 31 October 2016.

Job announcement (PDF)

Mobilität – der Weg zum Erfolg? Ein Rückblick.

Dieser weit gefassten Frage – die der Komplexität und Vielfältigkeit des Themenfeldes von Mobilität und Migration Rechnung trägt – widmete sich eine Abendveranstaltung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (SGV) am 27. September 2016. Gemeinsam mit ausgewählten ReferentInnen des Seminars für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie der Universität Basel und eingeladenen ExpertInnen wurden die Themen Mobilität und Migration einem breiten Publikum vorgestellt.

In spannenden Kurzvorträgen erörterten die ReferentInnen die Frage mithilfe von Praxisbeispielen aus der kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschung und anhand von individuellen biographischen Erfahrungen aus dem Alltag von Betroffenen. Zugleich wurden die Erkenntnisse mit wissenschaftlichen Konzepten untermauert. Mehrere thematische Diskussionsblöcke mit eingeladenen Podiumsgästen aus der öffentlichen Verwaltung des Kantons Basel-Stadt, der Universität Basel und der Expat-Freiwilligenarbeit ergänzten die Vorträgen und gaben ihnen einen abwechslungsreichen Rahmen. Die Veranstaltung mündete in einem offenen und vielstimmigen Austausch mit den sehr interessierten ZuhörerInnen, der beim anschliessenden Apéro in einzelnen Grüppchen angeregt weitergeführt wurde.

Zweifelsohne ist der Alltag einer Vielzahl von Menschen, gerade auch von höher qualifizierten Personen, beinahe in selbstverständlicher Weise von Mobilität und Migration – im beruflichen und privaten Kontext – geprägt. Zentrale erfolgsbegünstigende Aspekte in diesem Zusammenhang sind Möglichkeiten nutzen, Chancen wahrnehmen und Flexibilität zeigen zu können. Auf der persönlichen Ebene ist dies zum Beispiel eng verbunden mit individuellen Wünschen und Entscheidungen. Zugleich nehmen aber auch die Anforderungen von Unternehmen und Universitäten, die eigene Familie sowie politische und wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen Einfluss. Es gilt, diese allesamt mit den persönlichen Bedürfnissen in einen alltagspraktikablen Einklang zu bringen.

Hélène Oberlé verdeutlichte anhand ihrer individuellen beruflichen und persönlichen Mobilitätsbiografie exemplarisch, wie lokales Leben und Sich-Wohlfühlen vor Ort bei gleichzeitigen globalen beruflichen und familiären Beziehungen von ihr gelebt und erlebt wird. In einem zweiten Vortrag stellte sie basierend auf den Erkenntnissen ihrer Forschung zu hochqualifizierten Angestellten, die aus Israel in die Schweiz migrieren, mögliche Beweggründe für die Mobilität dieses Personenkreises dar. Unter Einbezug des Konzepts der Motilität zeigte sie auf, welche Herausforderungen für die mobilen AkteurInnen damit einhergehen und welche, meist persönlichen Faktoren zu einer erfolgreichen Mobilität im Wesentlichen beitragen können.


Hélène Oberlé (stehend) und Laure Sandoz (sitzend)

Anschliessend beschäftigte sich Laure Sandoz in ihrem Vortrag (aus der Makroperspektive) mit verschiedenen Gruppen von AkteurInnen, die ein besonderes Interesse an Mobilität haben. In Verbindung mit ausgewählten persönlichen Sichtweisen einzelner dieser AkteurInnen gelang es ihr, zugleich auf individueller Ebene zu verdeutlichen, welche beruflichen und privaten Motivationen zu Mobilität führen können und inwieweit diese, durch herrschende Mobilitätsregime auf der alltäglichen Handlungsebene direkt beeinflusst und geformt werden. Dr. des. Katrin Sontag brach in ihrer Präsentation die klassische und weit verbreitete dichotome Konzeption von Orten und Räumen auf und zeigte, dass diese vielmehr als transnationale soziale Räume aus der Perspektive der mobilen und migrierenden AkteurInnen individuell betrachtet werden müssen.

Im Rahmen der Podiumsdiskussion gab Dr. Patrick Koch, Projektleiter und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Fachstelle Diversität und Integration der Kantons- und Stadtentwicklung Basel-Stadt, einen interessanten Einblick in die strategische Ausrichtung der Arbeit der kantonalen Verwaltung. Im Mittelpunkt der Strategie steht für die Fachstelle das Ziel, die Stadt hinsichtlich ihrer Lebensqualität – z.B. in Fragen der Sicherheit und einer ausgewogenen kulturellen Durchmischung der Wohnquartiere – und ihrer ökonomischen Attraktivität anziehend zu gestalten. Dies sowohl für etablierte und neu zuziehende EinwohnerInnen als auch für die vor Ort angesiedelten Unternehmen.

Die Leiterin des Welcome Center der Universität Basel, Dr. Tanja Popovic, berichtete als Podiumsgast einprägsam und mithilfe von anschaulichen Praxisbeispielen über ihre vielfältige Arbeit. Als Ansiedlungsmanagerin steht sie für Studierende, Forschende und Dozierende sowie deren Angehörige und Nachziehende in nahezu allen Fragen – gleichermassen administrativen, beruflichen wie auch privaten – mit Rat und Tat unterstützend zur Seite. Individuell auf die jeweiligen Bedürfnisse der Personen zugeschnittene Beratung erleichtert den NewcomerInnen den Start in Basel sowohl beruflich wie auch persönlich.


Von links: Lorraine Rytz-Thériault, Tanja Popovic und Katrin Sontag 

Ebenso konnte Lorraine Rytz-Thériault durch ihre langjährige Erfahrung als Community Organizer spannende emphatische Einblicke in die Expat-Freiwilligenarbeit geben. Diese Einblicke liessen vor allem auch die emotionale Dimension von Mobilität und Migration aus Sicht der Betroffenen und deren grosse Bedeutung für ein erfolgreiches Gelingen augenscheinlich werden.

Am offiziellen Ende der Veranstaltung stand eine lebhafte Diskussion mit allen Beteiligten und dem gesamten Publikum. Dr. Sabine Eggmann, die Moderatorin des Abends, nutzte die Diskussion zugleich für eine Zusammenfassung des Abends, der schlussendlich bei einem gemütlichen Apéro ausklang: eine weitere Möglichkeit, sich in angenehmer Atmosphäre intensiv auszutauschen. Für den rundum gelungenen Abend möchten wir an dieser Stelle allen Anwesenden nochmals herzlichst danken!

Thomas Heid, Doktorand an der LMU München

Die gut besuchte Veranstaltung wurde gemeinsam mit dem Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkt «nccr – on the move» und der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW) organisiert. Dank deren Unterstützung konnte die zweisprachig abgehaltene Veranstaltung durchgängig simultan in Englisch und Deutsch übersetzt werden.


Die zwei Übersetzerinnen im Vordergrund 

Call for Papers. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Discrimination in the Context of Migration and Mobility.

Two-day conference to be held in Neuchatel, 23–24 March 2017

The notion of discrimination is widely discussed in the context of migration and mobility. However, definitions and understandings of discrimination vary as do methods used to identify or measure discrimination. While legal scholars draw on narrow definitions social scientists or economists tend to employ a broader understanding of discrimination. Varying meanings and applications of the term discrimination can lead to misunderstandings and parallel debates.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Doris Weichselbaumer
Institut für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, Johannes Keppler Universität Linz

Prof. Marie Mercat-Bruns
Sciences Po Law School, Paris

The conference addresses researchers with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work. We invite submissions focusing on ethnic and racial, religious and gender discrimination in contexts of migration and mobility.

Call for papers (PDF)

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 October 2016.

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International Student Migration and Mobility: Policy Perspectives. An Epilog.

On 13–14 October 2016, an international workshop entitled “International Student Migration and Mobility: Policy Perspectives” took place at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). It was jointly organized by members of the nccr – on the move and members of the IMISCOE research cluster on international student mobility. The workshop had three aims. First, to advance our understanding of the relationship between international student mobility (ISM) and mobility policies, a topic so far neglected in the migration literature. Second, to prepare papers for a special issue publication on international students and policies of mobility. Third, to consolidate an emerging international network of researchers gathered by the IMISCOE research cluster on international student migration and mobility.


Participants came from European, Australian, and Chinese universities and included the following (from left to right in the above photo): Etienne Piguet, nccr – on the move, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), Allan Findlay, University of St. Andrews (UK), Alexandra Stamm, FORS (Switzerland), Greg McCarthy, Peking University (China), Yvonne Riaño, nccr – on the move, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), Christof van Mol, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) (Netherlands), Thais França, University of Minho (Portugal), Xianlin Song, University of Western Australia (Australia), Elisa Alves University of Lisbon (Portugal), Sylvie Lomer, Manchester University (UK), Annique Lombard, nccr – on the move, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), Laure Sandoz, nccr – on the move, University of Basel (Switzerland), Sinéad O’Connor, University College Cork (Ireland), James Hampshire, University of Sussex (UK), and Daan Huberts, EP-Nuffic, The organization for internationalization in education (Netherlands).

The format of the workshop was designed to allow maximum scientific exchange. Each presenter was allocated 45′ time to speak as well as to receive feedback from a discussant and from the workshop participants. A first keynote by James Hampshire (Sussex University) introduced current theoretical approaches to examine immigration policies. A second keynote by Allan Findlay (University of St. Andrews) introduced current approaches to understanding international student mobility. Workshop participants presented papers, which examined immigration policies, government programs and university strategies in eight different countries including Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

Workshop Program (PDF)

The workshop format was very successful. Participants intensely exchanged their ideas over two days. In their opinion, they were able to expand their understanding between international student mobility (ISM) and policies of mobility, as well as to receive constructive comments for their papers. They will now improve their papers and – on the basis of a second round of constructive comments – the best contributions will be submitted in early 2017 for a special issue publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The social event at the restaurant “Max et Meuron” in Neuchatel allowed participants to get to know each other in an informal context and to enjoy wonderful Swiss food and wine!


Local organizing committee
Yvonne Riaño, Etienne Piguet, and Annique Lombard
nccr – on the move

International organizing committee
Yvonne Riaño (Switzerland), Christof van Mol (Netherlands), and Parvati Raghuram (UK)
IMISCOE research cluster “International student migration and mobility”

Instrumental Citizenship: A Normative-cum-Empirical Inquiry. Public Lecture at the University of Neuchatel by Christian Joppke, University of Bern.

University of Neuchatel
Thursday, 13 October 2016

Prof. Christian Joppke
Director of the Institute of Sociology and Chair in General Sociology, University of Bern

14:15 – 15:45 h
University of Neuchatel, Faculty of Humanities, 2000 Neuchatel, Faubourg de l‘Hôpital 61–63, Institut de langue et civilisation françaises, Room B5

nccr - on the move-Bildwelt-14Instrumentalism is the heart of an inevitable lightening of citizenship in liberal societies. In his lecture, Christian Joppke discusses and compares three cases of instrumentalism: the selling of citizenship, expanding provisions of external citizenship, and the evolving European Union citizenship as a citizenship without duties.

See full abstract and CV (PDF)

International Workshop on International Student Migration and Mobility: Policy Perspectives, 13–14 October, 2016, University of Neuchatel

Mobilität – der Weg zum Erfolg? Mobility – the way to success?

27. September 2016  
18.15 – 19.45 Uhr, mit anschliessendem Apéro
Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie
Alte Univeristät, Rheinsprung 9, 4051 Basel

Mobilität und Migration gehören heute zum beruflichen und privaten Alltag vieler Menschen. Möglichkeiten nutzen, Chancen wahrnehmen und Flexibilität zeigen, sind wesentliche Aspekte, die mit Mobilität und Migration gerade auch von höher qualifizierten Menschen verknüpft werden. Es geht dabei allerdings nicht nur um individuelle Wünsche und Entscheidungen, sondern es gilt auch, Anforderungen von Unternehmen, Universitäten, der eigenen Familie, sowie politische und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen unter einen Hut zu bringen.

Die Podiumsdiskussion findet im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe «La Suisse existe – La Suisse n’existe pas» der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW) statt. Vorträge und Diskussionen auf Englisch und Deutsch (Simultanübersetzung).

(English text see below)

Weitere Informationen und Anmeldung

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Mobility  – the way to success?

Many people today are mobile and migrate for both their professional and private lives. Seizing opportunities, taking chances, and showing flexibility are characteristics associated with highly qualified workers who choose to relocate. Relevant considerations for those contemplating relocation include career and educational outlooks for both themselves and family, political and economic conditions, and idiosyncratic preferences.

The panel discussion is part of the lectures series «La Suisse existe – La Suisse n’existe pas», organized by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHAS). Lectures and discussions in German and English (simultaneous translations).

More information and registration

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, University of Basel. Public lecture by Karen O’Reilly.

Postcolonial Traces in Elite Migration.

Prof. Karen O’Reilly
Loughborough University and University of Oxford

Discussant: Dr. Olivia Killias, University of Zurich

Wednesday, 14 September 2016. 18:15 – 19:45 h
Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel, 4051 Basel, Petersplatz 1, Lecture Hall 115

This lecture is co-organized by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Basel and the nccr – on the move.

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In this lecture, Karen O‘Reilly will introduce her recent work on British (and other Western) lifestyle migration in Malaysia, which is part of a wider, comparative study of lifestyle migration in East Asia. The lecture will focus on postcolonial traces (or continuities) in this form of migration – as witnessed in capitals, resources, power, and other structural forms of advantage, as well as in everyday lives practices of migrants and other actors in the migrant setting. …

See full abstract and CV (PDF)

Student Workshop “Addressing Privilege in (Skilled) Migration”
In the afternoon, from 14:00 – 16:00 h, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology will host a workshop with Karen O’Reilly. Interested Master and doctoral students and Postdoctoral researchers shall contact Metka Hercog by E-mail until 1 September 2016. Location: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, 4051 Basel, Seminarraum 201.


nccr – on the move Summer school 2016. Monday, 22 August to Friday, 26 August 2016. University of Neuchatel.

Call for Applications.
Measuring Discrimination.

This year’s summer school aims at addressing methodological questions and challenges connected with measuring discrimination of minorities at large. Particular emphasis will be placed on methods such as correspondence testing, factorial survey experiments, implicit association tests and surveys.

Deadline for application is 15 March 2016.

More on the summer school by the nccr – on the move.

Call for Visiting Fellows. Spring Term 2017.

Outgoing and Incoming Short-Term Visiting Fellowships

The nccr – on the move wants to encourage the network members to link up with research teams abroad. For this purpose it is setting up short-term visiting fellowship schemes which can be used for both incoming and outgoing fellows.

The “outgoing” fellowship scheme is aimed at nccr – on the move PostDocs who wish to go abroad for a period of two or three months. The “incoming” fellowship scheme can be used to host senior (PostDoc) and junior (PreDoc) researchers from abroad who wish to collaborate with nccr – on the move researchers in Switzerland for a duration of two to three months.

Full call including eligibility and application procedure (PDF)

Deadline for application is postponed to 15 October 2016.

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2nd Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move. An Epilog.

Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility. A Swiss Perspective.

University of Neuchatel, 23 – 24 June 2016

During two wonderful summer days at Lake Neuchatel, some 120 migration and mobility scholars got together to map the changing Swiss realities of migration and mobility within the wider European context – as well as the interdisciplinary research on it. To do so, 15 scholars convened in-depth workshops for which they invited fellow researchers and international discussants. The conference assembled research groups on topics as different as movement to and through Switzerland (Jana Häberlein/Simon Sontowski), immigration in federal States (Jean-Thomas Arrighi), discrimination in labor markets (Rosita Fibbi), attitudes towards immigrants (Didier Ruedin), procedural law as new governance of migration (Stefan Schlegel), obstacles to successful labor market integration (Flavia Fossati), ageing in the context of migration (Mihaela Nedelcu), labor market effects of immigration (Andrea Ariu/Tobias Müller), international students mobility (Etienne Piguet/Yvonne Riaño), postmigrant societies in Europe (Kijan Espahangizi), methodological challenges in research on highly skilled migration (Metka Herzog), and politics of asylum and mental health (Laure Kloetzer). All these workshosp discussed aspects of the changing Swiss realities of migration and mobility within the intersecting dynamics of securitization, marketization and human rights.

Photographic impressions

As a first contextualization of the Swiss case, political scientist and legal scholar Jo Shaw from the University of Edinburgh discussed the consequences of Brexit in the UK – the same day the vote took place. The insightful and passionate keynote made clear, how migration and mobility have become the most contentious issues in the multilevel negotiations between sovereignty of nation states and EU governance. More research is needed to better understand how this renaissance of anti-migration populism and national sovereignty is connected to the growing social inequality in Europe, fueled particularly by the economic crisis of 2008.

“European Migration and Mobility Regimes Reviewed in the Light of the UK Brexit Referendum” by Jo Shaw, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

The anthropologist Greg Feldman from the Simon Fraser University presented an ethnographic account of the EU migration apparatus, which tries to keep control over the uncertainties of migration and mobility. The apparatus combines, he argued, satellite technology, bureaucratic procedures, and military warfare strategies in order to defend “Fortress Europe” against low-skilled third country nationals – while at the same time coming up with schemes to attract highly skilled professionals from all over the world. His vivid depiction showed the “banality of the evil” in the contemporary European border regime that turns humans into statistics, cartographic spots and biometric information. The keynote also gave insight into the ethical dilemmas that migration and security officers face within this apparatus.

“The Structure of Ethical Dilemmas among Policymakers and Security Officials in Contemporary European Migration Management” by Gregory Feldman, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Both keynotes made it clear that changing realities of migration and mobility can only be understood when embedded in the global and particularly European dynamics of securitization, marketization and human rights order.

In a third plenary session, seven scholars presented a Pecha Kucha on broad variety of topics: data management in migration research (Andréas Perret), “feeling at home” in mobile families (Flavia Cangià, Deborah Levitan), reaction to exclusion among migrants from a gender perspective (Carolin Fischer), the win-win-win situation in the Migration-Development Nexus (Alice Hertzog), the maritime imaginaries and migrants rights in postcolonial Zurich (Rohit Jain), and the work of the “Watch the Med Alarm Phone” (Simon Sontowksi). All presenters managed to combine both explorative arguments and entertainment after a long day of scientific discussions. To be continued….

So, the 2nd annual conference of the nccr – on the move was a success: it assembled a good part of the Swiss field of migration and mobility studies together with international commentators, and it started to map the Swiss realities of migration and mobility against the wider European and global background. Connecting the Swiss scientific and political debates and networks to the international context will be continued in the activities and collaborations of the nccr – on the move and its partners. For certain, the memories of the great atmosphere at this year’s annual conference, including the sunny lunch breaks and the dinner at the Lake of Neuchatel, will help to do so. We are looking forward to the next annual conference, which will take place 22–23 June 2017.

Rohit Jain, Scientific Officer, nccr – on the move

Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility. A Swiss Perspective. 2nd Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move.

Neuchatel, 23 – 24 June 2016

The 2nd Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move offers a platform for discussing the contemporary “turbulence of migration and mobility” from different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological angles. In many ways, Switzerland offers a laboratory for understanding the changing regimes and realities of migration and mobility.

In fact, the Swiss “case” might act as a prism for disentangling these transformations, which are arising as a result of (1) the liberal demand for labor, (2) securitization and anti-immigrant sentiments as well as (3) multilevel governance and human rights discourses. All three have been particularly pronounced in Switzerland.

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Call for Workshops and “Pecha Kucha”

Researchers from anthropology, demography, economics, geography, law, political science, sociology and other relevant fields will discuss the intersections and contradictions between the legal orders, societal dynamics and economic drivers underpinning the contemporary realities of migration and mobility.

Workshop slots of 2 hours allow for deepening the ongoing discussion among experts of the field. Therefore, it is suggested that the workshops assemble three papers and one discussant to offer enough space for discussion.

Pecha Kucha
The conference will host a Pecha Kucha panel. Pecha Kucha has been proliferating as an entertaining way of discussing scientific projects. It is a PowerPoint performance with 20 slides, which are projected for a fixed duration of 20 seconds each. It is especially suited for presenting “out of the box” and explorative scientific reflections.

Changing Realities of Migration and Mobility. A Swiss Perspective. 2nd Annual Conference. University of Neuchatel, 23 – 24 June 2016.

The 2nd Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move offers a platform for discussing the contemporary “turbulence of migration and mobility” from different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological angles. In many ways, Switzerland offers a laboratory for understanding the changing regimes and realities of migration and mobility.

Program booklet and further information



The nccr – on the move is searching for a PostDoc and a Scientific Officer

To complete the nccr – on the move Network Office at the University of Neuchatel we are searching for a

PostDoc (80 – 100%)
who will assist the NCCR Director in the refinement and further development of the nccr – on the move’s research agenda for phase I and II (Job offer as PDF),

and a

Scientific Officer (80%)
whose main task is to promote and facilitate the scientific integration within the nccr – on the move. In this function he or she will develop ideas for joint research activities and interdisciplinary platforms for knowledge exchange. (Job offer as PDF)

The start date for both positions will be 1 October 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2016.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, University of Neuchatel. Public lecture by Andreas Wimmer on immigrant trajectories.

Beyond the Ethnic Lens? Comparing Immigrant Trajectories by Country of Origin, Social Class, and Migration Path.

Prof. Andreas Wimmer
Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy, Columbia University, New York

Tuesday, 24 May 2016. 10.00 – 12.00 h
University of Neuchatel, Faculty of Arts, 2000 Neuchatel, Place-Louis-Agassiz 1, Room RN.08

This Lecture is co-organized by the Maison d‘analyse des processus sociaux (MAPS) and the nccr – on the move.

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This lecture critically explores one aspect of mainstream migration research: to aggregate individual level data into country-of-origin groups to interpret results. We show that other modes of aggregating individual data, by parents occupation (e.g. peasant versus banker) or by migration path (e.g. refugee versus family reunification), capture differences in integration trajectories of the second generation equally well…

See full abstract and CV (PDF)

Multilayered Governance: Gains for International Migration? An Epilog.

The nccr – on the move and the Institute of Public Law of the University of Bern convened a two-day conference, which took place from 27–28 April 2016 at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The aim was to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to evaluate the efficiency gains and legitimacy risks associated with the concept of multi-layered governance in particular when framing migration law & policy-making.

The conference asked under what conditions “layering” is desirable how it could be designed to minimize the risk of particularization and escapism and prevent governance gaps within nested structures. The research question, investigated by all contributors, was whether fragmentation is necessarily negative – or how governance, particularly if multi-layered – could lead to positive outcomes increasing regime competition, policy diffusion and compliance and so enhance access, development and rights protection in migration. Key interrogations were the role of different institutions (UN, regional, multilateral etc.) in migration governance, the optimal layer for regulating particular aspects of migration policy (visa, border control, labor standards) or the manner in which the dialogue between the different layers should be organized.


Alberto Achermann, Barbara von Rütte, Walter Kälin, and Lorenzo Piccoli (from left to right)

Talking across disciplines’ were legal, sociology, anthropology, economic, international relations scholars working on migration and governance from Asia, Africa, the US, Europe, notably Alex Betts, Oxford University, Andrew Geddes, Sheffield University, Tiziana Caponio, Turin University, Sandra Lavenex, University of Geneva, and representatives from think tanks, such as Sergio Carrera from CEPS (Brussels), public officials from immigration and foreign affairs offices most notably Eduard Gnesa (Switzerland), and international organizations – UN (Colleen Thouez), ICMPD (Martin Hofman), ILO (Marie-José Tayah).

Conference highlights

In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning, Alex Betts (Oxford University), framed governance in regime theory and challenged the intrinsic value of governance – is it a self-fulfilling instrument or one shaped by power and interests? On the basis of the EU-Turkey deal, he further advanced a centric type of governance for migration, in view to de-fragment the “piecemeal” approach to international legal and policy regime for migration, which accounts to governance gaps, increased vulnerability and migrant discrimination.

In the public lecture of the nccr – on the move, which took place on Thursday evening, Andrew Geddes (Sheffield University), most notably shifted the discussion away from the neo-functionalist frame to a behavioral approach. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the scope of the MIGPROSP project with immigration ministries across four regions (N-America, S-America, Asia, Europe) he asked how the behavior, bias, beliefs of bureaucrats, elites and other epistemic communities about migration risks and uncertainty shape knowledge and data, but also migration law and policy and thus, migration governance.

With fifty participants, and more for the public lecture, including attendants from the Swiss Agency for Development, Foreign Affairs, but also locals from the neighborhood, students and researchers from several Swiss universities, including from nccr –on the move and NCCR-Trade, the conference provided an excellent forum for exchange on governance and migration and hopes to add to the theory of governance and practice of migration law-making.

Marion Panizzon, Senior Research Fellow, nccr – on the move, Institute of Public Law, University of Bern.


More information, such as the detailed program and abstracts can be found here.

Multilayered Governance: More Coherence for the International Migration Regime?

Call for Papers.

University of Bern (Switzerland)
Wednesday, 27 April and Thursday, 28 April 2016

This two-day workshop, to be held at University of Bern (Switzerland), examines how current migration challenges could be resolved through the concept of multilayered governance (MLG). As counterproject to constitutionalism and statehood, MLG transforms through constructivist “layering” and “blurring” hegemonies such as (host) state control. By adding layers (regional, supranational, multilateral) to the national ones, MLG re-engages with reciprocity, invites plural values and construes flexible structures. It is thus well-equipped to screen international migration law, which has been criticized for substance lacking architecture. It asks how to re-arrange State-society relations by empowering non-state actors and reduces ambivalences among regulatory goals of migration, which are liberalization, rights protection and risk management. The conference will transpose the research agenda of MLG to the field of international migration law and discuss why constructing coherence for a regime as highly divided and as deeply complex as migration remains challenging.

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What are the advantages/deficits of contouring the international migration system in terms of MLG? Does MLG encourage bypassing security-biased norms in favor of development-friendly, market-oriented or rights-based approaches?

This call looks for papers combining a migration-specific analysis, which can be based on empirical research, with governance theory. We strongly encourage papers with an interdisciplinary approach linking any of the following disciplines: law, economics, international relations, sociology, geography, anthropology.

Paper Submission Procedure
Senior and junior scholars (including PhD students) are invited to participate in the call for papers. Papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The abstracts must not exceed 800 words and have to be submitted by email to and

Deadline for submission of abstracts has expired, but we are still accepting submissions on a rolling basis until 31 January 2016.

Call for Papers (PDF)

Multilayered Governance: Gains for International Migration? University of Bern 27 – 28 April 2016.

This interdisciplinary conference on the theme of how multilayered governance (MLG) matters for migration law and policy, regroups scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of governance and migration research.

The papers evaluate, on the basis of different disciplinary backgrounds, to what extent MLG could be a governance model for managing migration internationally. Like most governance theories, MLG amounts to a legal and political projection premised on enhancing efficiency and legitimacy. But its high flexibility and hybrid nature, combining vertical “layering” with horizontal “linkages” including systemic interpretation and specialization, distinguish MLG as particularly apt for promoting an interdisciplinary focus including international relations, law, economics and sociology.

Detailed program.

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Transnational Perspectives and Future Prospects of Migration and Mobility.

Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move. Spring 2016.

The third Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move will literally be “on the move”, touring Switzerland in order to stimulate and engage with discussions on migration and mobility at different Swiss universities.


Friday, 26 February 2016
10:00 – 11:45, University of Neuchatel, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, Room RE.42
Contemporary History from a Transnational Perspective: The Case of Switzerland
Jakob Tanner, Department of History, University of Zurich
Download the abstract (PDF)

This lecture is organized in cooperation with the “Institut d’histoire” of the University of Neuchatel.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

18:15 – 19:45, University of Neuchatel, Rue Abram-Louis Breguet 1, Moyen Auditoire (Lecture Hall 301)
The Well-Being of Migrant Families between Africa and Europe: Transnational Effects of National Policies
Valentina Mazzucato, Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts, Maastricht University
Discussant: Janine Dahinden, University of Neuchatel and  nccr – on the move
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 7 April 2016
18:15 – 19:45, University of Neuchatel, Rue Abram-Louis Breguet 1, Moyen Auditoire (Lecture Hall 301)
The Politics of Measurement: Issue Definition, Framing and the UK Net Migration Target
Christina Boswell, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Discussant: Dr. Kijan Espahangizi, Center »History of Knowledge«, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 28 April 2016
18:15 – 19:45, University of Bern, Main Building, Hochschulstrasse 4, Kuppelsaal
Prospects for International Migration Governance
Andrew Geddes, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
Discussant: Dr. Tobias Eule, Law Faculty, University of Bern
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 12 May 2016
18:15 – 19:45, University of Fribourg, Main Buliding Miséricorde, Av. de l’Europe 20, MIS 3117
Labor and Legal Migration in the EU – State of Play and Prospects
Yves Pascouau, European Policy Centre, Brussels
Niklaus Nuspliger, Political Correspondant, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Brussels
Dr. Markus Kern, LL.M. (Harvard), Lecturer, Institute for European Law, University of Fribourg
Download the abstract (PDF)

Thursday, 26 May 2016
18:15 – 19:45, University of Geneva, Unimail, Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40, Room M R060
Income, Population and Migration Flows in the 21st Century
Frédéric Docquier, Institute for Economic and Social Research, Université Catholique de Louvain
Discussant: Prof. Martina Viarengo, Department of Economics / Global Migration Center, Graduate Institute Geneva
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Download the program flyer (PDF)

Offre d’emploi: Assistant-e étudiant-e pour la création d’une base de données juridique.

Le projet de recherche «Unité et diversité dans la cohésion : le concept de l’intégration dans un monde en évolution», au sein du Pôle de recherche national «nccr – on the move» et basé à l’Université de Neuchâtel, recherche pour une mise en place d’une base de données juridique un-e Assistant-e étudiant-e.

Entrée en fonction : 1er avril 2016 (ou à convenir).

Durée de l’engagement et charge : 160 heures de travail, correspondant à un engagement de 100% pendant un mois. La tâche peut être répartie sur deux mois si nécessaire.

Postulation : Merci d’envoyer un CV (en anglais ou en français), ainsi qu’une brève lettre de motivation, avant le 28 février 2016.

Annonce (PDF)

Le renvoi des étranger-ère-s criminel-le-s

Die Ausschaffung krimineller AusländerInnen

Le centre de droit des migrations a publié une liste d’articles sur «le renvoi des étranger-ère-s criminel-le-s». Plusieurs auteur-e-s sont membres du «nccr – on the move».

Das Zentrum für Migrationsrecht hat verschiedene Artikel zum Thema «Ausschaffung krimineller AusländerInnen» zusammengestellt. Unter den AutorInnen sind viele Mitglieder des «nccr – on the move».

NCCR Co-Funding for Existing Projects Addressing Research Questions Related to the Migration-Mobility Nexus. Deadline for Submission is 6 January 2016.

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Call for Proposals
NCCR Co-Funding for Existing Projects

The project grants run for two years and cover a co-funding by the nccr – on the move amounting to a maximum of 50’000 Swiss Francs. To be eligible for funding, project proposals should address research questions related to the migration-mobility nexus, that is to the transformation of migration and mobility patterns, their economic drivers, legal regulation and the societal dynamics connected to them.

Deadline for submission is 6 January 2016.

Download the call (PDF)


Austausch mit Interessenvertreterinnen und Interessenvertretern. Ein Rückblick.

Migrationsforschung im Dialog.

Am 9. Dezember 2015 hat der «nccr – on the move» zu einem Austausch mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern der staatlichen Institutionen, der Zivilgesellschaft und der Wirtschaft eingeladen. Um die 70 Personen, externe Teilnehmende und Mitglieder des «nccr – on the move», haben sich zu diesem Dialog im Kursaal in Bern eingefunden. Der NCCR stellte sich, seine Forschung und seine Instrumente im Bereich des Wissenstransfers vor. Grosses Ziel des Anlasses war es indes, die Bedürfnisse, Vorstellungen und Erwartungen der Teilnehmenden abzuholen. Dazu diskutierten sie in vier verschiedenen Workshops zu Integration, Bürgerrechten (Citoyenneté), Menschenrechten und zum Arbeitsmarkt.

Einige photographische Eindrücke


In seinem Einführungsreferat beschrieb der Direktor des «nccr – on the move», Gianni D’Amato, die Architektur eines Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkts, der Forschende aus verschiedenen Universitäten und wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen vereint. Die in den Workshops geäusserten Wünsche und Erwartungen an den «nccr – on the move» unterstreichen, dass diese heterogene Zusammensetzung eine Herausforderung darstellt. Die Verknüpfung der verschiedenen Disziplinen und Themengebiete erfordert ein Ausbrechen aus dem «Silodenken», welches sowohl die Forschung als auch die Praxis stark prägt. Die vorgebrachten Lücken befinden sich vielfach an den Schnittstellen der Disziplinen, was in der Weiterentwicklung des «nccr – on the move» vermehrt Beachtung finden soll.

Der zweite Schwerpunkt der Veranstaltung lag auf der Diskussion der Wissenstransferstrategie. Diesem Aspekt kommt besonders vor dem Hintergrund der laufenden politischen Debatten um die Umsetzung der Masseneinwanderungsinitiative eine zentrale Rolle zu. Viele Teilnehmende erhoffen sich vom «nccr – on the move» Erkenntnisse und Resultate, die sie in die Debatte einbringen können. Über Blogeinträge, die Policy Briefs «kurz und bündig» sowie unsere Indikatoren hoffen wir einen Beitrag in diese Richtung liefern zu können.

Auf eine Weiterführung dieses anregenden Dialogs freuen wir uns!

Nicole Wichmann, Network Officer, «nccr – on the move»


We Citizens – Participation of Migrant Women in Switzerland. Discussion and Film Screening.

4 December 2015, 14:00 – 16:45 h
University of Neuchatel
Rue Abraham Louis Breguet 1, Lecture Hall 301

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What is a citizen? What is a Swiss citizen? What is a migrant? Who makes decisions in a democracy? And how can migrants participate in Swiss democracy without being Swiss citizens?
The right to vote is one of the most important elements of participation in politics and society. Most migrants, however, use different ways to articulate their interests and to influence political decision-making in Switzerland. This session combines different perspectives to explore alternative forms of active political participation. Academic contributions from legal and social sciences will be complemented by first-hand accounts of a group of migrant women who share their experiences of participating in Switzerland’s democratic system. Based on these different perspectives on the subject, we will engage in a discussion on the importance and complexities of democratic participation.

Film screening “Wir Mitbürgerinnen” (We Citizens)
15:15 h, in German and French

Flyer PDF

Further information about the film and the Feminist Peace Organization.

Exclusion – Discrimination – Borders. Dynamics of Inequalities in Migration Regimes.

Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move. Fall 2015.

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Thursdays from 18:15 to 19:45 h at the University of Neuchatel,
Rue Abraham Louis Breguet 1, Lecture Hall 301

8 October 2015
The Transnational Social Question:
Inequalities and Exclusions in Cross-Border Mobilities
Thomas Faist, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld
Discussant: Prof. Giuliano Bonoli, University of Lausanne and nccr – on the move
Download the abstract (PDF)

15 October 2015
Air Deportation: Statecraft, Aircraft, and the In/Visibility of Forced Mobility
William Walters, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa
Discussant: Prof. Christin Achermann, University of Neuchatel and nccr – on the move
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5 November 2015
Schengen Borders:
Discrimination between Freedom of Movement and Death
Elspeth Guild, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
Discussant: Charles Heller, Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, London / Co-Initiator Watch the Med
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The public lecture by Floya Anthias is cancelled!
19 November 2015
Transnational Mobilities and Translocational Belongings:
Reflecting on the Interconnections between Identities and Inequalities
Floya Anthias, School of Social Sciences, University of East London

3 December 2015
Integrating Immigrants – How Does Switzerland Compare?
Thomas Liebig, International Migration Division, OECD, Paris
Discussant: Prof. Etienne Piguet, University of Neuchatel and nccr – on the move
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View the program flyer online
Download the program flyer (PDF) to print out


Student Mobility in Europe: Trends and Future Perspectives. This public lecture by Christof Van Mol will take place on 25 November 2015.

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Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move project International Student Mobility between the South and the North.

Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 h at the University of Neuchatel, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, 2000 Neuchatel, Room R.E.46

21 October 2015
Theorising Student Migration
Parvati Raghuram, Director of OpenSpace Research Centre, The Open University, UK
Download the abstract (PDF)

25 November 2015
Student Mobility in Europe: Trends and Future Perspectives
Christof Van Mol, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) / KNAW /UG
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The nccr – on the move is searching a researcher for a PostDoc position (80%) at the University of Fribourg.

To complete her research team, Prof. Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf at the University of Fribourg (Law Faculty), who is also Co-Director of the Swiss Center for Migration Law based in Neuchâtel, is seeking a candidate for a PostDoc position (80%) to bring forward a project on EU migration law.

Starting date is 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline for application is 13 November 2015.

Job offer as PDF

Study Week “Schweizer Jugend Forscht/La Science Appelle les Jeunes”. An Epilog.

From 1924 October 2015 members of the nccr – on the move offered a study week on the current refugee crisis in Europe for Swiss high school students.

The project offered by the nccr – on the move addressed the ongoing debate on the refugee crisis in Europe. It was convened in the framework of the study week in humanities and social sciences organized by “Schweizer Jugend Forscht/La Science Appelle les Jeunes”. The four participants from the cantons of Aargau, Luzern, Waadt and St. Gallen were able to get a first insight into researching migration issues. In a first step, basic knowledge about international refugee law, the institutional set-up of the Schengen/Dublin system as well as EU migration policy, Swiss asylum policy, children’s’ rights in migration law and an introduction to negotiation theories was presented by fellows of the NCCR. Based on this knowledge, the students were assigned a specific country (Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Greece) and were asked to carry out research on the migration policies of their respective country.


The students then simulated a negotiation at the European level, addressing specifically the questions of increasing border control to prevent irregular migration and the improvement of protection standards for asylum seekers using the example of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the Schengen/Dublin area. The negotiations showed just how difficult it is to reach a consensus on these highly controversial questions among governments that are characterized by strongly divergent interests and preoccupations – especially when the discussions move from a general commitment to shared principles, such as increasing security and human rights protection for a vulnerable population to concrete measures and financial contributions. Moreover, the tension between these two core principles that are situated at the core of European policy in this area became apparent in the debate. The results of these negotiations were then presented as a poster and with a presentation at the closing event of the study week on Saturday in Zurich.


The week was characterized by many lively debates, thoughtful questions and great discussions and provided an interesting environment to discuss a very current topic with a highly motivated young group of high school students. It provided an opportunity for the NCCR fellows to strengthen their teaching skills and to present their knowledge in a nutshell to the students.

The organisational team would like to thank Jyothi Kanics, Didier Leyvraz and Aronne Watkins for their great presentations.

Philip Hanke, PostDoc on the project The Law and Economics of Migration Policy
Stefanie Tamara Kurt, doctoral student on the project Unity and Diversity in Cohesion: The Concept of Integration in a Changing World
Eva Zschirnt, doctoral student on the project Discrimination as an Obstacle to Social Cohesion
Nicole Wichmann, Network Officer

Postdoc position in political economy of migration (100%), NCCR/SNIS at the University of Geneva.

At the Institute of Economics and Econometrics (University of Geneva) we are seeking applicants for a

Postdoc position in political economy of migration (100%).

The successful applicant is expected to carry out research on the political economy of migration and individual-level attitudes towards immigrants under the supervision of Professor Tobias Müller. This position is co-financed by the National Center of Competence (NCCR) “On the Move” and the SNIS project “Individual-Level Attitudes towards Immigrants”. The candidate is expected to contribute to both research projects.

Starting date: 1st November 2015 or upon mutual agreement.

Deadline for application is 17 October 2015.

View job offer as PDF


Assistant Professor full time (100%) in Migration Policy Analysis at the University of Neuchatel.

The University of Neuchatel invites applications for the position of an
Assistant Professor in Migration Policy Analysis
starting 1 February 2016 or upon agreement.

The successful candidate’s research shall contribute to the nccr – on the move. Research orientation and research interests should be compatible with and complementary with regard to the SFM and the NCCR professors of the University of Neuchatel. Possible fields of specialization (indicative list): sociology of migration, politics of migration, political sociology, public policy analysis, public administration, citizenship studies, ethnic studies.

Deadline for application is 22 August 2015. 

Find the long version of the job advertisement in English (PDF) and in French (PDF).

Rights, Democracy and Migration – Looking Back at the 12th IMISCOE and 1st nccr – on the move Annual Conference in Geneva.

At the end of June, the 12th IMISCOE Annual Conference was hosted in Geneva. This gathering of the leading European migration researchers was also the first Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move and an opportunity to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) of the University of Neuchatel.


More than 400 national and international researchers and experts assembled to discuss the interrelation between rights, democracy and migration in contemporary Europe.

Some photographic impressions

In the opening keynote address, Andreas Wimmer (University of Princeton) shed light on the particular ambivalence between (economic) openness towards migrants and their political exclusion in the context of Swiss direct democracy. In the different plenary sessions internationally renowned experts such as Giovanna Zincone (FERI, Turin), Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Florence), Patrick Weil (Yale Law School) and Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford) took up the issue and discussed the turbulence of migration in Europe in the light of changing migratory flows, growing anti-immigrant discourses and policies and a questioning of the human rights regime. Ryszard Cholewinski and Marie-José Tayah (ILO, Geneva) provided an insider perspective on the state of the art of the academic literature on international migration governance and presented ideas on how academia and international organizations could interact more fruitfully in this area. The statements made clear, that today migratory patterns, migration governance and mobile life-worlds are in a vast transformation, for which no ready-made answers exist.

In order to better understand this situation, the participants of the conference met in some 90 panels and workshops and discussed topics as diverse as naturalization ceremonies, solidarity movements between refugees and squatters, discrimination on labor markets, transnational networks of domestic care workers, highly skilled migrants, as well as modes of multiple citizenship – to name only a few.

For the nccr – on the move and its fellows the international exposure was an inspiring and motivating start in the endeavor of developing new perspectives on migration and mobility in Switzerland.

Rohit Jain, Scientific Officer, nccr – on the move

Panel on “Human Rights in Times of Politicized Migration and Fragmented Protection Management” / IMISCOE PhD Award Presentation

Panel on “Rights and Democracy: An Antagonistic Relationship in European Migration Policy?” / Rinnus Peninx Best Paper Award 2015

The Cabinet of Realities: A fruitful dialogue supported by the nccr – on the move.

The Cabinet of Realities at the Belluard Festival brought together a diverse group of people who exchanged about a currently very lively debated topic “Fortress Europe”: Inspired by science while – at the same time – going beyond science.

On Sunday afternoon, 28 June 2015, the Cabinet of Realities took place in the medieval fortress of the Belluard in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Cabinet was part of the 32nd Festival Belluard Bollwerk International. Eighteen specialists shared their knowledge on a specific aspect of the “Fortress Europe”, the festival’s thematic focus. In charge of the whole project, I carefully selected people who would represent various perspectives on this controversial thematic. Among them were three researchers from the nccr – on the move. Céline Bauloz talked about the externalization of asylum outside of the European borders. Teresia Gordzielik questioned the juridical reality of the so-called Fortress Europe. And, Laura Rezzonico explained the practice of administrative detention of migrants in Switzerland.

Photo: Margaux Kolly – à Festival Belluard.

Photo: © Margaux Kolly 

In the middle of this very hot summer, six saloons are set up inside the beautiful and fresh fortress Belluard. The atmosphere is smooth and concentrated. In each saloon, about ten people are sitting together. They are talking, exchanging, asking each other questions. The discussions are rich, passionate and focused. In the Cabinet of Realities, different worlds are connecting with each other: researchers share their knowledge to a wider public, practitioners discuss with activists, and artists question the societal importance of their work. In this special space, there seems to be no hierarchy and there is something magic in observing all these people talking together, thinking together.

Anne Kristol, nccr – on the move, doctoral student in the project Gender as Boundary Marker in Migration and Mobility: Case Studies from Switzerland


“Europäische Flüchtlingspolitik – Erosion der Menschenrechte?”

Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Swiss Radio SRF2 “Kontext”, the daily editorial reporting with background information on topical issues

Gianni D’Amato, Director of the nccr – on the move, elaborates on perspectives for a common European refugee policy
(14:55 – 28:55 in the podcast)
The interview was hold on the occasion of the IMISCOE and nccr – on the move Annual Conference

Podcast in German
Nicht nur die Politik, auch die Wissenschaft befasst sich mit Migrationsfragen. In Genf kamen Ende letzter Woche über 400 Migrationsexperten zu einer internationalen Tagung zusammen, um neue Perspektiven zu entwickeln.

Belluard Festival 2015, Fribourg, Switzerland. Cabinet of Realities.

The Belluard Festival, taking place from 25 June until 4 July 2015, gathers artists from all over the world, from different regions in Switzerland and from Fribourg. They come to share their ideas and visions on the Fortress Europe and speak about memory and identity, using all contemporary forms of artistic expression.

Sunday, 28 June 2015. 13:00 – 16:00.
Cabinet of Realities.
Simultaneous salons on Fortress Europe.
The galleries of the Belluard Fortress will be the venue for several salons, which will run simultaneously and be hosted by some 20 specialists. Artists, scientists and practitioners will share their insights and expertise on a particular facet of Fortress Europe.

Three times 45 minutes sessions in French, in German and in English.
Galeries du Belluard, Fribourg.

With the support of the nccr – on the move.

Full program

BelluardPhoto: © Charlotte Walker


IMISCOE Conference and 1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move.

Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

The conference “Rights, Democracy and Migration – Challenges and Opportunities” is organized by the nccr – on the move, the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (University of Neuchatel) and the Institute for Demographic and Live Course Studies (University of Geneva) together with IMISCOE.

Download the 2nd version of the final program, updated 4 June (PDF, 2.2 MB).

For more information about the conference visit IMISCOE.

Paradigmatic Perspectives on Migration and Mobility.

Public Lecture Series of the nccr – on the move. Spring 2015.

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Thursdays from 18:15 to 19:45 h at the University of Neuchatel,
Rue Abraham Louis Breguet 1, Lecture Hall 301

19 February 2015
Circulating Capital, Moving People, and Mobile Words
Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Wicker, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern
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12 March 2015
Relative Deprivation and World Migration
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Oded Stark, Universities of Bonn, Tübingen and Warsaw; Georgetown University

16 April 2015
Theorizing Friction in a Mobile World
Prof. Dr. Tim Cresswell, History Department, Northeastern University Boston
Discussant: Prof. Dr. Ola Söderström, Institute of Geography, University of Neuchatel
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7 May 2015
Migration, Sovereignty and Human Rights
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bast, Faculty of Law, Justus Liebig University of Giessen
Discussant: Prof. Dr. Christin Achermann, University of Neuchatel and nccr – on the move
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28 May 2015
Re-Thinking Europe from Its Contested Borders
Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin
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Factorial Survey Designs in Labor Market Research. An Epilog.

The Workshop “Factorial survey designs in labor market research” took place on 21 May 2015 at the University of Lausanne.

Our four guests, Prof. Katrin Auspurg (Goethe University Frankfurt), Prof. Marc Gurgand (Paris School of Economics), Prof. Dominik Hangartner (London School of Economics) and Andreas Scheck (Goethe University Frankfurt), presented their recent work on survey experiments. Moreover, our three local research teams (Integration through Active Labor Market Policies and Discrimination as an Obstacle to Social Cohesion of the nccr – on the move as well as Education and Employment of the NCCR LIVES) had the possibility to present their planned experimental designs. Besides lively discussions on the different presentations, all research teams obtained valuable feedbacks on their specific projects from both speakers and the audience.

In particular, we discussed pivotal issues such as how to best address low response rates and social desirability biases, how to validate experimental data with behavioral benchmarks and – last but not least – whether conjoint analyses, choice experiments or vignette studies perform best.

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The attendance of 25 national and international guests from three different disciplines (sociology, political science and economics) allowed us to network and establish new professional contacts. The discussion benefitted a lot from the researchers’ interdisciplinarity, which opened new perspectives on the various questions.

Flavia Fossati, nccr – on the move, PostDoc on the project Integration through Active Labor Market Policies


Workshop Factorial Surveys in Labor Market Research

In this workshop we aim to address methodological issues arising when applying factorial survey vignettes. We invite three experts to speak on this subject and to give feedback on three experimental surveys we intend to carry out in the framework of the nccr – on the move and in the NCCR LIVES.

The workshop presents a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on this methodological approach and it offers a networking platform for scholars with experts in the field. 30 places are available (members of the NCCRs will be prioritized). Please register by sending an email to Flavia Fossati.

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  • nccr – on the move, team “Integration through Active Labor Market Policy”: Giuliano Bonoli, Flavia Fossati and Daniel Auer
  • nccr – on the move, team “Discrimination as an Obstacle to Social Cohesion”: Rosita Fibbi
  • NCCR LIVES, team “Jobvul”: Giuliano Bonoli, Rafael Lalive, Daniel Oesch, Esther Mirjam Girsberger Seelaus and Fabienne Liechti


The nccr – on the move is searching a PostDoc (80 %)

To complete their research team Prof. G. D’Amato at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel and Prof. C. Amarelle at the Swiss Center for Migration Law, University of Neuchâtel, are seeking a researcher for a postdoc position (80 %) to help develop and conduct an interdisciplinary comparative research project (law/social sciences) on integration policies at the cantonal level in federal Switzerland.

Deadline for application is 28 February 2015.

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Call for Panels and Papers.

12th IMISCOE Conference and 1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move
Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

The conference on “Rights, Democracy and Migration” will be organized by the nccr – on the move, the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (University of Neuchatel) and the Institute for Demographic and Live Course Studies (University of Geneva).

Keynote and panel contributions
Dawn Chatty, Giovanna Zincone, Rainer Bauböck, Michel Wieviorka and Andreas Wimmer

Call for Panels and Papers at IMISCOE

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Call for Papers. Cross-border marriages.

Panel proposal for the
12th IMISCOE Conference and
1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move
Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

Cross-border marriages: between transnationalization and politicization

The panel should be an opportunity to gain answers to highly politicized questions – answers that go beyond simplistic explanations (of culture, ethnicity, religion or sexism within migrant communities) and that bring to light the complex processes of this form of transnationalisation as well as its constraining and conflictual dimensions.

Organizers: Prof. Janine Dahinden, Joëlle Moret and Shpresa Jashari, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Deadline for abstract submission is 7 January 2015.

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Call for Papers. Friction-less and Root-less Mobilities?

Panel proposal for the

12th IMISCOE Conference and
1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move
Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

Friction-less and Root-less Mobilities?
Opportunities, Barriers and Intimacies in Expatriate Migration

The migration of “mobile professionals”, commonly known as “expatriates”, represents a significant component of current migration flows with the popular image of the “expatriate” remaining mostly based on the idea of a friction-less and root-less form of migration. The panel puts into question the homogeneity of this population. It brings to the fore the different opportunities and possible constraints faced by these individuals, as well as the experiences of other people involved either by expatriating or staying behind.

Organizers: Dr. Flavia Cangià and Déborah Levitan, Msc, Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel

Deadline for abstract submission is 7 January 2015.

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Call for Papers. Internationalising our Understanding of Student Mobilities.

Panel proposal for the
12th IMISCOE Conference and
1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move
Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

Internationalising our Understanding of Student Mobilities: Beyond the Anglo Model

Following the Anglosaxon model, it has been commonly assumed in studies of international student mobility that the neoliberalisation of the university sector has led to a growth in high fee‐paying international students. However, do these processes of advanced neoliberalism extend beyond the metropolitan core of English‐speaking countries, or how do they manifest in other parts of the world?

Organizers: Parvati Raghuram, Open University, United Kingdom and Yvonne Riaño, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Deadline for abstract submission is 5 January 2015.

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Call for Papers. Highly Skilled or Highly Wanted Migrants?

Panel proposal for the
12th IMISCOE Conference and
1st Annual Conference of the nccr – on the move
Geneva, 25–27 June 2015

Highly Skilled or Highly Wanted Migrants? Conceptualizations, Policy Designs and Implementations of High–skilled Migration Policies.

This panel offers an opportunity to delve into the construction of migrant categories through policy design and policy implementation. It also proposes to widen the focus beyond immigration authorities in order to include various actors that are in one or another way involved in the process of selecting, supporting or employing highly skilled workers.

Organizers: Dr. Metka Hercog and Laure Sandoz, MA Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Basel

Deadline for abstract submission is 4 January 2015.

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The nccr – on the move is searching for a Data Manager (50–60 %)

To complete the nccr – on the move Network Office we are searching for a Data Manager (50–60 %). The start date will be December 1, 2014 (or as soon as possible thereafter). You will be the contact person for data management within the network encouraging the network members to develop databases of their own, ensuring that all research teams have access to existing statistical and longitudinal data and settling questions of data use and storage with relevant stakeholders (Federal Statistical Office, FORS).

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NCCR project team involved in the Swiss Researching Africa Days

On 17–18 October 2014, the Swiss Researching Africa Days will take place in Bern. They allow a lively exchange among the community of researchers working on Africa in Switzerland. One panel will specifically focus on “African Academics: Aspirations, Mobilities and Trajectories” – a topic which is strongly linked with the nccr – on the move research project on international student mobility between the South and the North


Droits de l’homme et démocratie: un défi pour la Suisse

Université de Neuchâtel, 05. et 06.06.2014Le colloque avait pour but de discuter les relations, de convergence ou d’antagonisme, entre les concepts de «droits de l’homme» et de «démocratie». Full conference programme