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.


Migration Policy Research Group

Institute for Social Sciences


Professur für Migrationspolitik
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universitätsplatz 1, 31141 Hildesheim



Migration Policy Research Group
Institute of Social Sciences


University of Hildesheim
Institute of Social Sciences
Universitätsplatz 1
DE-31141 Hildesheim



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. Social Inclusion 7 (2), 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 PDF]

Bendel, Petra; Schammann, Hannes; Wegler, Andrea; Younso, Christin (2018): Kommunale Flüchtlingspolitik in Deutschland: Befunde und offene Fragen. In: Migration und Soziale Arbeit 3/2018, S. 235 - 242.

Schammann, Hannes (2018): Migrationspolitik. In: Beate Blank, Süleyman Gögercin, Karin S. Sauer und Barbara Schramkowski (Hg.): Soziale Arbeit in der Migrationsgesellschaft. Grundlagen – Konzepte – Handlungsfelder. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 67–85.

Schammann, Hannes (2018): Migrations- und Flüchtlingspolitik. In: Wielant Machleidt, Andreas Heinz und Marcel Sieberer (Hg.): Praxis der interkulturellen Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie. Migration und psychische Gesundheit. 2. Aufl. München: Elsevier, Urban & Fischer, S. 299–307.

Schammann, Hannes (2018): Kommunale Flüchtlingspolitik in Deutschland. In: Holger Floeting, Gudrun Kirchhoff, Henrik Scheller, Jessica Schneider (Hg.): Der lange Weg vom Ankommen zum Bleiben - Zuwanderung und Integration von Geflüchteten in Kommunen (Difu-Impulse 1/2018), Berlin, S. 17–23.

Schammann, Hannes; Elke Montanari (2018): Integrationskurse. In: Ingrid Gogolin et al. (Hg.): Handbuch Interkulturelle Pädagogik. Bad Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt, S. 407–411.

Tewes, Oliver; Heimann, Christiane (2018): Reasons for Moving in Times of Crisis: The Motives behind Migration of Highly-Skilled Spaniards to Berlin and London. UC Berkeley: Institute for the Study of Societal Issues.

Heimann, Christiane; Wieczorek, Oliver (2017): The Role of Argumentation and Institutions
for Labour Migration in the European Union – Exemplified by Spanish Labour Migration to
Germany. Special Issue zu: Labour Migration in Europe – Politics, Organisations and People.

In: International Migration.