Migration Policy

Projects: Research & Practice


The Research and Transfer Office for Migration Policy has been established at the Institute for Social Sciences in connection with the Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education at the University of Hildesheim in January 2019. The key objective of the Transfer Office is to enhance the exchange between research and practice in the field of migration policy. It is based on the perception that the topic of migration is currently strongly debated in the public while scientific knowledge is not always taken up in political processes and public discourse. 

Thus, we are establishing local, regional and national cooperation with representatives of politics and practice and develop joint events and collaborative projects. Moreover, mutual exchange is fostered by regular and continuous communication. On the one hand, the different formats aim at editing scientific outputs in ways to provide effective guidance to practitioners. On the other, they shall help to take up stimuli and expertise from the practice and feed these into academia in order to promote practice-oriented research. 

As such, the Research and Transfer Office serves as a contact point for migration policy stakeholders from the region and beyond. If you are interested in cooperating, for example in the framework of joint projects or events, you can reach us here: 

Dr. Danielle Gluns, Head of the Research and Transfer Office Migration Policy

E-mail: danielle.gluns(at)uni-hildesheim.de

Phone: +49-5121-883-10776


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Zukunft für Geflüchtete in ländlichen Räumen

Migrations- und Integrationsforschung in Deutschland war bislang überwiegend auf Großstädte ausgerichtet. Das Forschungsverbundprojekt untersucht mittels vergleichender qualitativer aber auch quantitativer Methoden folgende Forschungsfragen in jeweils zwei ländlichen Landkreisen in den Bundesländern Bayern, Hessen, Niedersachsen und Sachsen: „Welche Integrationspotenziale bieten ländliche Räume, und wie können sie durch lokale Integrationspolitik gefördert werden?“, „Welche Chancen ergeben sich daraus für die ländliche Entwicklung?“ und „Wie werden diese Potenziale von Geflüchteten wahrgenommen, und welche Rolle spielt dafür zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement?“

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“Two worlds apart? Comparing local integration politics in urban and rural municipalities”

The project “Two worlds apart? Comparing local integration politics in urban and rural municipalities” analyses institutional change in approximately 100 municipalities after the massive arrival of refugees in 2015. In particular, the project focuses on ‘urban-rural-comparisons’ and the divergence/convergence between regions that differ significantly regarding their economic prosperity. Also, the role of civil actors and their cooperation structures with local administrations will be included.

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When Mayors Make Migration Policy - The Impact of Transnational Cities’ Networks on EU Migration Policies

This international project evaluates the impact of transnational cities’ networks on European migration policies and develops guidelines for politicians and practitioners. To this end, the activities of formal and informal networks is examined, especially the CEMR, CoR and Eurocities. The study analyses network activities as well as strategies of individual cities in these networks, such as Athens, Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam, Vienna, Leeds, Ljubljana, Wroclaw, Ghent and Palermo. Due to the brisance of this topic, its highly innovative perspective on the making of EU migration policies and the lack of research in this area, this project will set a milestone in understanding the role and power of municipalassociations in EU politics.

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SOLDISK - Solidarity discourses in crisis situations – analysing and explaining the understanding of solidarity in the context of migration

The interdisciplinary research alliance investigates conceptions of solidarity of political decision-makers and social actors. Is it possible to identify patterns in the communication at political, social and individual level that point to either increased or decreased solidarisation or to the pluralisation of solidarity discourses? How resilient is a society’s understanding of solidarity and what could be a potential communication strategy countering eroding solidarity? The multi-level approach (political, social and individual level) promises to generate findings that go beyond the selective insights on individual actors that research has predominantly yielded to date.

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