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Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies

IMES unites researchers on themes such as transnationalism, citizenship and ethnic and religious diversity, political mobilization, radicalization, labour and entrepreneurship, urban public space, and social mobility and generational changes.

Selection of projects involving our members


    The RIGHTS project seeks to understand how the rights of low skilled migrant workers are shaped by origin and destination states, interstate dialogues, and the involvement of civil society and international organisations.


    ADMIGOV aims to promote an alternative migration governance model. ADMIGOV takes seriously the principles laid out in the New York Declaration (NYD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to study how alternative approaches to migration governance can be better designed and put into practice. However, rather than proposing a top-down study of existing migration policies, ADMIGOV studies the reality of existing polices and practices on the ground to improve migration governance in line with the principles set out in the NYD and SDGs.


    SOLIDERE studies and compares the actual implementation process of deportation regimes – which comprise deportation policies, procedures and campaigns – in various states around the world: Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Indonesia and Ecuador. 


    CHINAWHITE examines the multiple and contradictory constructions of whiteness in China as a result of the rapid diversification of white migrants in the country and the shifting power balances between China and the West. If focuses on daily life encounters between various groups of white migrants and Chinese in five domains:

    1. state policy regarding international migrants in China;
    2. the ESL industry (teaching English as a second language);
    3. the media, fashion, and entertainment industries;
    4. transnational business and entrepreneurship; and
    5. interracial romance.
  • SpreadingData

    SpreadingData aims to make sense of the wave of data coming at us in the COVID-19 crisis. The portal mines, combines, explains and shares data on COVID-19 and the movement of people. The project is interested in the large number of changes generated by the policies, within and between international borders, and their effect on movement. The data portal a) links readers to the vast and growing trove of data and visualisations on the crisis; b) demonstrates what sorts of questions and answers emerge from the data; and c) builds a community of researchers around these common questions.