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After a preparatory meeting in September 2016 in Berlin, the group Global Migration and Human Rights was established as a GYA working group in 2017. The group met again in May 2017 in Edinburgh. An international workshop on Global Individual Responsibility was held in April 2018 in Munich, Germany. From May 2019 onwards, the group is being led by two new co-leads.


August 2019

Group co-lead Abdalhadi Alijla (Sweden) participated in the Eleventh Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies in Helsinki, Finland, on “Breaking and Creating Boundaries in the Middle East“.

Group co-lead Abdalhadi Alijla (Sweden) participated in a workshop on “Mosques, families and Islamic law” at Copenhagen University, Denmark. The workshop focused on questions such as how are Muslims in mosques (and beyond) articulating their legal, ethical and normative identities? What kind of institutions are being build? How many so-called Islamic councils are there in the Nordic countries? The workshop was part of a research project on “Danish Mosques – Significance, Use and Influence”, which is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (Humanities).

July 2019

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2019, an interview with the authors of the book on Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration was published. See here for details.

April 2019

A book on “Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration” was published by de Gruyter.

September 2018

In September 2018, group members participated in an Evidence and Policy Summer School, which was organised by the GYA’s Science Advice working group together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) in Laxenburg, Austria. The summer school’s theme was “The role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European neighbourhood”. It was aimed at early- to mid-career scientists interested in how to achieve impact on policy-making, as well as at policymakers interested in how to commission and use research in their daily work. The Migration group led breakout discussions of policy recommendations that emerged from their April 2018 workshop.

April 2018

An international workshop on Global Individual Responsibility was held in April 2018. It aimed to expand on an understanding of the role of individual citizens in refugee integration, and reach new scholarly insights. Altogether 14 international speakers – scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as practitioners and activists – discussed concepts of global individual responsibility and shed light on individual action and integration practices in high-income Western countries. See here for a workshop report.