Migration Policy Research Group - Our Mission

Migration policy has become one of the most debated policy areas in Germany and Europe. Related questions pertain to the foundations of national sovereignty and democratic order: Is politics even capable of regulating migration? Who decides which are legitimate reasons for migration? How do pluralistic societies organize political and societal participation of newcomers? Which effects does the multi-level governance of migration have on integration outcomes on the local level? 

The Migration Policy Research Group (MPRG) at the University of Hildesheim addresses these questions by focusing on Germany and Europe in particular. Building on extensive empirical fieldwork and a wide range of qualitative methods, our current research focuses on how local governments and communities shape the multi-level governance of (forced) migration. Moreover, we analyze the development and implementation of various migration policies as well as discourses on migration and solidarity and manifestations of political participation of refugees.

We are convinced that research on migration policy strongly benefits from a close exchange with practitioners. For this reason we have established a "transfer office" and cooperate with various actors in the field and maintain our network in Germany and beyond.

Recent publications

Heimann, Christiane; Müller, Sandra; Schammann, Hannes; Stürner, Janina (2019): Challenging the Nation-State from within: The Emergence of Transmunicipal Solidarity in the Course of the EU Refugee Controversy. In: Social Inclusion 7 (2), S. 208–218. Link

Bendel, Petra; Schammann, Hannes; Heimann, Christiane; Stürner, Janina (2019): Der Weg über die Kommunen. Empfehlungen für eine Schlüsselrolle der Kommunen in der Flüchtlings- und Asylpolitik der Europäischen Union, Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. [Link to PDF]

Schammann, Hannes (2019): Auf irrationalen Pfaden zur politischen Wahrheit? Rechtspopulismus als spirituelles Phänomen. Werner Greve und Carsten Jochum-Bortfeld (Hrsg.): Nachdenken über Spiritualität. Hildesheim: Olms, S. 149-160.

Schammann, Hannes (2019): Aufenthalt gegen Leistung. Der Einzug meritokratischer Elemente in die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik. In: Meike Sophia Baader, Tatjana Freytag und Darijusch Wirth (Hg): Flucht - Bildung - Integration? Bildungspolitische und pädagogische Herausforderungen von Fluchtverhältnissen, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S 43–62.

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Migration Policy Research Group

Institute for Social Sciences


Professur für Migrationspolitik
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universitätsplatz 1, 31141 Hildesheim