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Visit the virtual Expo “Migration and Inclusion”

Getting together to discuss research seemed so normal just two weeks ago – it was just a given. However, suddenly a tiny virus is pushing us to become more creative and open when it comes to finding virtual solutions for our real-life face-to-face encounters – the “new normal” at least for a little while form now.

The Faculty’s Key Research Area on “Migration and Inclusion”, MIS, is no exception. One of the countless ways societies came up with to cope with this new situation, is virtual tours of exhibitions. Inspired by world famous museums, MIS created its own platform as an alternative way to stay in contact as well as showcase and discuss research. MIS put together a virtual exhibition to feature some of the researcher’s works on the newly re-designed website:

  • Border Complexities – A German-French-Luxembourgish workshop series
  • Border Experiences in Europe. Everyday Life – Working Life – Communication – Languages
  • Cemeteries and crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe. A study of migrant and minority inclusion, exclusion, and integration
  • Contain, Distribute, obstruct (CONDISOBS). Governing the mobility of asylum seekers in the EU
  • Cross-Border Work in the Greater Region Saar-Lor-Lux
  • EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions (MIMY)
  • European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRANET). National Focal Point for Luxembourg
  • European Centre for Competence and Knowledge in Border Studies - UniGR-Centre for Border Studies
  • European Migration Network (EMN). National Contact Point of Luxembourg
  • Governance of reception facilities for refugees in Luxembourg and Jordan (REFUGOV)
  • IRMA – Project: Intergenerational Relations in the light of Migration and Ageing

The new website share more information about the inter- and cross-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach in migration studies MIS conducts. The activities include all aspects of life, thereby going beyond addressing migration with purely economic or political questions. The Key Area is organised into five working areas. Each of them combines a focus on a phenomenon linked to migration processes with a focus on a particular aspect of inclusion:

  • Global Connectivity – Socio-Economic Participation
  • Diversity – Social Cohesion
  • Cross-Border Movement – Citizenship
  • Multilingualism – Educational Challenges
  • Experiences of Borders – Cultural Identities

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