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Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society

FORTE Center of Excellence

REMESO pursues interdisciplinary research and education on transnational migration, ethnic diversity and citizenship in relation to changes in the labour market. The Institute which is a 'Forte Center of Excellence' has a PhD program in Ethnic and Migration Studies and an International Graduate School in Migration, Ethnicity and Society.  REMESO is also a Division within the Department of Social- and Welfare studies and hosts the Bachelors program Social and Cultural Analysis (SKA) and the Master program in Social and Welfare Studies. An international Master program is being developed.

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REMESO researchers at the 6th World Social Forum in Johannesburg

On 5-8 December the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) was, for the first time, held in Africa. Three researchers from REMESO participated in the meeting.

Informal channels to the labour markets and the importance of ethnic ties

Martin Klinthäll and Susanne Urban, REMESO, have an article in the latest issue of The Urban Studie Journal where they discuss the importance of ethnic ties for young adults entry into the labour market.

Critical study of support to immigrant entrepreneurs

In the article "Categorising and labelling entrepreneurs" published in the International Small Business Journal, the authors raise questions about how support efforts run the risk of unwittingly reproduce stereotypical categories.

REMESO researchers Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson present their new book on 'Eurafrica' at Oxford university.

REMESO researchers Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson presents their new book on 'Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism' at the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University.

Seminar: ‘East meets West- the Case of Labour Migration to Sweden’

On the 25th of November, REMESO researchers Charles Woolfson (project leader), Annette Thörnquist and Indre Genelyte will hold a seminar to report on FAS/FORTE Project ‘The Swedish model and Baltic mobility: harmonisation or social dumping?

LiU professor to present on new book at Brown and Harvard

Following international interest in their recent book, The Contradictions of Austerity (Routledge, 2014) Charles Woolfson (ISV/REMESO) and his co-editor, Jeffrey Sommers (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) have been invited to present at "ivy league" universities in the US.

Courses 2015 at REMESO Graduate School now published

During 2015 the REMESO Graduate School will offer five course, four regular Graduate School course and one elective.

Call for Articles to a special Issue on Labour, Migration and Austerity

Professors Charles Woolfson and Aruna Juskas are co-editing a special issue of the journal Ethnicity Studies. The theme of the issue is 'Labour and Migration in an Age of Austerity'.

European Education, Special Issue on 'Governmentality'

Kenneth Petersson, Associate Professor at REMESO ISV, has with a group of colleauges acted as Guest editor for two consecutive issues of European Education, on the theme Governmentality in Education.

Care and racism amongst SD women

Women who are members the Sweden Democrats (SD) are driven by a desire to care – for ”Swedes” who have to be protected from outsiders, as well as for the people who come to Sweden. The best solution – including for these immigrants – is that they return home and get help there, or in a nearby country. All according to a study of female SD members.

Second generation immigrants, small companies and family employment

In the latest issue of Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (Vol 12:3) Martin Klinthäll and Susanne Urban have published an article which discuss coethnic employment in small business companies for second generation immigrants.

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Aljazeera columnist praise new book on Eurafrica

Professors Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson, REMESO, have come out with a new book, Eurafrica, which traces the colonial roots behind the making of the European Union. The Columnist Minna Salami, Aljazeera, praise the book in an article in which she discusses the current geo-political interests in EU:s relationship to and intiatives in Africa.

"The Precariat" under scrutiny

Three REMESO researchers have published an article in International Migration, in which they analyse the concept and phenomenon of a growing precariat and discuss it in relation to migration and a global democratic deficit.

Mozhgan Zachrison

Learn Swedish or learn to be Swedish?

Swedish language instruction for adult immigrants focuses more on culture than on the language itself. This takes energy from language acquisition. The students are taught to be good Swedes, rather than learning Swedish, according to a new doctoral thesis at REMESO.

Lisa Pelling

Workshop on high-skilled migration

REMESO has organised a workshop on high-skilled migration, a field that has received relatively little attention within critical migration studies. The topic is highly relevant as global competition for foreign labour affect policy on migration and labour conditions.

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Charles Woolfson to Australia for ‘acknowledgment of excellence’

Charles Woolfson went to Australia this summer to speak on new book and initiate a conferral of the title Visiting Professorial Fellow.

Empires & Ethnicities: Critical Problems in Social Theory, Historiography and Ethnicity

PhD- and MA course, 7,5 ECTS, start: 01/19, 2015. Professor Stefan Jonsson, REMESO. The course investigate a series of classical encounters that have shaped Western conceptions of Otherness, ethnicity, and race – from the monsters of antiquity, discourse on cannibals, via Marx’s idea of Jewishness, all the way to Fanon’s struggle with whiteness and Bourdieu’s early writings on Algeria. 
More information 

Apply to: stefan.jonsson@liu.se, + 46 (0)11 36 36 30.


Special issue of Ethnicity Studies - Labour and Migration in an Age of Austerity

The issue will be co-edited by prof. Charles Woolfson (REMESO) and prof. Arūnas Juška (East Carolina University), co-authors and contributors to The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Dead line for Abstracts November 30. Read more about the call here

REMESO in media

Read about REMESO, interviews, features on our research, opinionated or popular scientific interventions by REMESO researchers in other media.

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  • Citizenship, Ethnic Division and Social Exclusion: National and Post-national Perspectives
    Deadline November 1

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Platform - Ethnicity and Migration

Exchange and information on Ethnicity and Migration research across LiU
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The Contradictions of Austerity: C Woolfson
The Socio-economic Costs of the
Neoliberal Baltic Model

Eds. Jeffrey Sommers and Charles Woolfson

Routledge, 2014

Race and class"Reading the Stockholm riots
- a moment for social justice?"

Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Aleksandra Ålund & Lisa Kings


Race & Class 2014 55:1

Stefan Jonsson

Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

Stefan Jonsson
Columbia University Press 2013

"Disclosing the World OrderStefan Jonsson, Disclosing the World Order, in Third Text
-Decolonial Gestures in the Artistic Work of Pia Arke"

Stefan Jonsson
In Third Text, vol 27,  2, 2013

"University Education as a Compensation StrategyIMR
Among Second-Generation Immigrants"

Susanne Urban
International Migration Review, Vol. 46, 4, Winter 2012

The Confessing Society
Foucault, Confession and The Confessing society
Practices of Lifelong Learning

Andrea Fejes och Magnus Dahlstedt
Routledge 2012 (Forthcoming)


The Politics of European Citizenship - Deepening Contradictions in Social Rights & Migration Policy

Peo Hansen & Sandy Hager
Berghahn 2010

European Perspectives...bokomslag

European Perspectives on Exclusion
and Subordination: The Political Economy of Migration


A. Neergaard, (Ed.)
Shaker 2009

Tünde Puskas,

Narratives of Belonging: Homeland and Nationhood in Territorial and Non-territorial Settings

Tünde Puskas
P. Lang 2009

From victim diaspora to transborder citizenship? Khalid Khayati.

From Victim Diaspora to Transborder Citizenship? Diaspora Formation and Transnational Relations


Khalid Khayati
Liu 2008


SafeSex, Unsafe Identities. Intersections of 'Race', Gender and Sexuality in Swedish HIV/AIDS Policy


Anna Bredström
LiU 2008

Irregular Migration, Informal Labour and Community

Irregular Migration, Informal Labour and Community


Eds E. Berggren, B. Likic, G. Toksöz, N. Trimikliniotis (Eds.)
Shaker 2007

Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State

Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State.


C. Schierup, P. Hansen & S. Castles
Oxford 2006

See also reprinted:

Paradoxes of Multiculturalism - download full text

Aleksandra Ålund and Carl-Ulrik Schierup


Will They Still be Dancing? - download full text

Aleksandra Ålund and Carl-Ulrik Schierup



Yearly ReportREMESO Yearly ReportYearly report

The Yearly Report is out, with a full record of our activities - research projects, publications, collaborations,
conferences and workshops -  the last two years and with highlights on new projects, faculty, and much more.

Report for 2012-2013

Report  for 2010-2011


REMESO publishes the REMESO NEWSLETTER, in Swedish and English. We only send it out twice per semester with news about the Institute, seminars, new publications, etc. Also, sometimes, but not often, we use the list to inform about specialworkshops or REMESO Graduate School Courses.

To get the REMESO Newsletter in English go to this site and sign in: https://lists.liu.se/mailman/listinfo/remeso-nbrev-eng

Some formulations on the sign-up-site give the impression that all members can post letters to list members, but you cannot. The list is strictly for sending out, sparsely, information from REMESO to members on the list. All other trafik is rejected.


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Last updated: 2014-12-02