Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)

Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig)

Migration is one of the most pressing and complex issues of the 21st century. The Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) brings together scholars of
Göttingen Campus from six different faculties, plus the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG). Together they study the complex challenges of migration on a global scale under very different thematic and regional foci, that by engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration and by pooling together diverse methodological approaches. CeMig strengthens research and teaching in the area of Migration Studies in addition to establishing innovative forms of knowledge transfer.

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Lecture series during winter term 2022/23


CeMig Lecture Series Health and Migration 2022_2023

Public Health and Migration:

Party Politics and the Shaping of Migration and Welfare Policy in the Council of Ministers


24.11.2022, 16:15-17:45 CET

Online via Zoom


Prof. Dr. Simon Fink, (Institute for political science, University of Göttingen)


The Council of Ministers is still the decisionmaking centre of the EU in migration policy. However, we know little about the determinants of member state´s policy positions. This paper tests three hypotheses: Member state positions might be formed by socio-economic conditions, by public opinion, or by partisan preferences. We conduct a quantitative analysis of two legislative proposals at the intersection of migration and welfare policy (the illegals directive, COD/2005/167 and the social security regulation, 2016/0397/COD) using DEU data on member state positions as the dependent variable. The result is that all three hypotheses hold: Member state positions are correlated with public opinion on migration, with socio-economic conditions (the size of the welfare state, but not unemployment), and party preferences. Especially the party preference of the minister of the interior is an important predictor, confirming theories of executive dominance of Council negotiations, and the strong role of ministers in government coalitions.

Organized by the Research Group Public Health and Migration.

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CeMig Lecture Series Climate Change and Migration0001

Climate Change and Migration:

How climate crisis and other crises affect (circular) migration processes in the Sahel


06.12.2022, 16:15-17:45 CET

Online via Zoom



by: Olaf Bernau & Moctar Dan Yaye (discussant)




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