Author Archives: Luca Gefäller

Migrationist Monthly: Germany Edition

The beginning of April saw the launch of a new Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Migration and Integration (BIM) at Humboldt University. Comprised of six specialist departments ranging from ‘Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles’, to the migration-health nexus, it will also provide foundational research into migration and integration. Inquiry at BIM will be geared towards developing “basic […]

Migrationist Monthly: Germany Edition

March has been a month of decisions and dispute on migration in Germany. The most discussed event has been the tabling of a draft bill on dual citizenship by the ruling coalition of Conservatives (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD) at the end of last week. Previously, children born in Germany to non-German parents were issued […]

“Because migrating is a necessity”: Refugee protest in Germany

Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg district, Berlin, is a wide square surrounded by residential buildings and crossed by two lanes of car traffic. On its edges, trees are losing their last leaves and small shops shine their lights into the grey afternoon. The centre of the open space is occupied by a number of long tents that […]

The Man on the Tube and the Community of Value

Reading Us and Them: the dangerous politics of immigration control by Bridget Anderson The UK immigration debate has always seemed a bit of a shrill theatre to me. Populist scaremongering from the right finds its way into the mainstream in the form of outright crazy policy propositions like last month’s Go Home campaign and the […]

These are migrant streets: visiting the Museum of Immigration and Diversity in London

A line of huddled figures is slowly moving along the damp brick wall of a side street in East London. They are shivering in the cold March drizzle staring at those further ahead who pass through a worn-out laminated information sheet. One by one, they are finally let in through a door of peeling and […]

Thoughts on Migration in Europe – thriving and surviving in an unequal utopia

Z. speaks English in an accent that is not easy to place. He manages to mumble and be charming at the same time. His clean-shaven face, silver necklace, gelled short black hair and tracksuit do not make it easier to assume anything about his origin – only stereotypes of migrant Middle Eastern youth in Europe […]