Migration is a key distinguishing feature of modern societies. In the framework of the national conferences, migration is examined from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Developments in the context of migration are sketched and current challenges discussed. The focus is on the importance of social, cultural and economic distinctions and also on questions of gender, power, and relations of power.

The conferences are jointly organised by:

The conferences have been organised since 2001. In the beginning they were organised in Trier and Dudellange, in the tri-border region Germany (D) / France (F) / Luxembourg (L). Since 2010 they have been situated in various localities – Basle, Dudelange/Luxembourg, Klagenfurt and Cologne – linking their geographic location in tri-border regions – Luxembourg/Germany/France, Switzerland/France/Germany, Austria/Slovenia/Italy and Netherlands/Belgium Germany. Migration is present in multiple way in border regions; for that reason, the international perspective of the conferences is supplemented by local and regional perspectives on migration. In this connection, special attention is given to migration in the respective venue locality. That occurs both through thematic papers and also via the cooperation with local partners.

The international migration conferences have the following aims:

  • Presentation and discussion of current research on specific aspects of migration
  • Dissemination and discussion of knowledge in migration research within the professional public
  • Exchange and networking with regional actors in the contect of migration
An international network for regional and migration research has come into being as a result of the conferences. The network pursues the goal of continuous exchange and forms a platform for the development and establishment of more extended forms of cooperation, in particular in the areas of research, cultures of memory and in the practice areas of social work. Further information is available at: www.migrationskonferenz.ch