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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.

Keynes is back - the refugees brought him!

Peo Hansen has written a piece for the web journal "Discover Society" which argues that EU's dual and paradoxical approach to mogration, asking for more migration, and less, simultaneously - might carry a Keynesian solution in it midst - if we only put the two policy lines together.

MIGLINK-Summit in Norrköping in May

On May 11-12 MIGLINK a Swedish-Mexican-Turkish Research Links collaboration between the universities of Linköping, Zacatecas and Ankara, will meet and work in Norrköping.

The Migration and Society Research Unit (URMIS) at University of Paris-Diderot, visit REMESO in May

A group of researchers from the Migration and Society Research Unit (URMIS) at University of Paris-Diderot, will visit REMESO on May 18-19.
for a joint workshop "European Challenges of Migration and Integration: The Cases of France and Sweden".

Viktors avhandling

New Dissertation on the Ethnification of Unemployed

On may 20, Viktor Vesterberg nailed his thesis in the university library. "Ethnicizing Employability" will be defended on May 20 on Campus Norrköping, his opponent will be Associate professor Oscar Pripp, Uppsala University.

Citizens at Heart?

Citizens at Heart? New book on re-settled refugees from former Yugoslavia

Li Bennich-Björkman, Roland Kostić, Branka Likić-Brborić, eds. Citizens at Heart? Perspectives on integration of refugees in the EU after the Yugoslav wars of succession. Uppsala Multiethnic Papers 56 (Hugo Valentin Centre: Uppsala 2016).

Annette Thörnquist

Precarious employment and labour migration within the EU

Annette Thörnquist has recently published two articles on labour migration between EU countries and on precarious employment in the ‘grey area’ of the labour market.

Workshop on Civil Society Activism for Sustainable Cities

On December 12 a workshop with activists, researchers and community organisations will be held at the Multicultural Centre in Fittja, Stockholm: "Civil Society Activism for Sustainable Cities - Urban community work in Stockholm, Johannesburg, New York and Paris".

European Futures: Between Racism and Democracy

November 17 and 18 two seminars will be taking place at REMESO. 'Postracial Silences' Alana Lentin, Western Sydney University, and 'Dilemmas of Democracy: Polish Politics after the 2015 Elections' Leszek Koczanowicz, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw

New Master Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

A New Master Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies (120 cr) will start in tha Autumn of 2016. The programme is run by REMESO.

The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model (Routledge 2014) e re-issued in paperback

Charles Woolfson’s jointly edited volume with Jeffrey Sommers, The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model (Routledge 2014) is to be re-issued in paperback format in mid-December following successful hardback sales with an introduction by James Galbraith.

Masse und Demokratie

Stefan Jonsson's book Crowds and Democracy in German translation

Professor Stefan Jonsson's book Crowds and Democracy in German translation at the prestigious Wallstein Verlag:


In the suburbs, Big Brother is watching you

Video surveillance, police presence and walls that stop people from socialising in the streets. In France this is reality for the residents of suburbs that are upgraded. Research shows that the people who have been tasked to improve these suburbs see them through their own filter of suspicion.

Tensta KH

The Eros effect, a collaboration between REMESO and Tensta Art Hall

On Saturday the 17th of October a seminar at Tensta Art hall took place which marks the start of a multi-year inquiry into the relationship between art and solidarity movements.

Seminars Autumn 2015

See programme for our Autumn seminars


Discussions on migration and state making in times of crisis

REMESO researchers, Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Anders Neergaard gave a presentation entitled “Reimagineering the Nation: Reflections on political and social changes in contemporary Sweden” at the international conference "Transnational Migrations and Contemporary States in Times of Economic Crisis" held in Moscow, 24-25 September 2015.

Christophe Foultier

Hospitality - between participation and securitization

On September 4, Christophe Foultier will defend his Ph.D Thesis "Regimes of Hospitality - Urban Citizenship between Participation and Securitization – the Case of the Multiethnic French Banlieue"

From the Calendar:

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Peo Hansen gives a TEDx-talk on the refugee crisis

Wishing up the wrong tree - Why the EU is as unfit to solve the current refugee crisis as the banks were unfit to resolve the financial crisis

Podcast: A talk with Professor Charles Woolfson on Austerity.antro

Kinga Jankus and Sanna Poelman, MA students at the Dep. of Social Anthropologyat Stockholm University,  have talked to Charles Woolfson about "austerity" policy as the new normal, in the pod cast series "Anthrotalking".

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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  • Migration and Labour
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies

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Platform - Ethnicity and Migration

Exchange and information on Ethnicity and Migration research across LiU
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Recent books and articles:

Migration, Precarity and Global Governance:Migration, precarity
Challenges and opportunities for Labour

Eds Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Ronaldo Munck,
Branka Likic-Brboric and Anders Neergaard
Oxford University Press, 2015

Eurafrica: Euroafrica
The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism


Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson, Bloomsbury 2014


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

DJ Culture in the MixDJ Culture in the Mix
Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music

Eds Bernardo Alexander Attias, Anna Gavanas, Hillegonda C Rietveld
Bloomsbury 2013

Crowds and Democracy:Stefan Jonsson
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: 2016-02-04