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 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.