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 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


Olaf Bernau & Moctar Dan Yaye (discussant)


In the Sahel, the human-induced climate change has been noticeable since the end of the 1960s. The two drought catastrophes of 1968-1974 and 1984/1985 have become particularly well known. Both times, hundreds of thousands of people set off, albeit not during but after the drought. And they did not migrate far away, but in the immediate vicinity. Often, climate flight has combined with the circular migration that has been common in the Sahel for centuries anyway, especially among (semi-)nomadic pastoralists. At the same time, there is much to suggest that the climate crisis in the Sahel will continue to worsen. In this context, farmers and pastoralists will continue to resort to local mobility and adaptation strategies. But the climate crisis also has negative consequences for urban regions. And it is there that young, often well-educated people find themselves engaged in long-distance migration, some as far away as Europe. In this sense, the lecture will address the different migration realities in the Sahel, also taking into account that the climate crisis is closely linked to other crises, such as the crisis of the state, democracy and security.

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CeMig Lecture Series Health and Migration 2022_2023

Public Health and Migration:

Auf dem Weg zu einem diversitätssensiblen Gesundheitsmonitoring

(in German)


15.12.2022, 16:15-17:45 CET

Online via Zoom


Dr. Claudia Hövener (Robert Koch Institut)


Menschen mit Migrationsgeschichte sind sehr heterogen in Bezug auf ihre Teilhabechancen, sozioökonomische Lage, sprachlichen Kompetenzen sowie auf die Motive und Umstände ihrer eigenen oder familiären Migrationsgeschichte. Diese Diversität geht auch mit unterschiedlichen gesundheitlichen Chancen und Risiken und Versorgungsbedarfen einher und sollte sich in Analysen zu Migration und Gesundheit widerspiegeln. Daher wurde das Gesundheitsmonitoring und die Gesundheitsberichterstattung des Robert Koch-Instituts erweitert, um Menschen mit Migrationsgeschichte in bundesweiten Gesundheitssurveys entsprechend ihres Anteils in der Gesamtbevölkerung zu erreichen und verbesserte Aussagen zu ihrer gesundheitlichen Lage zu ermöglichen. Dieser Vortrag stellt Strategien und Maßnahmen dar, um 1) Menschen mit Migrationsgeschichte besser in Gesundheitssurveys einzubeziehen, 2) neue Konzepte zur Erfassung relevanter migrationsbezogener Aspekte zu entwickeln und in Surveys zu integrieren und 3) verantwortungsvoll und diversitätssensibel über die gesundheitliche Lage von Menschen mit Migrationsgeschichte zu berichten.

Organized by the Research Group Public Health and Migration.

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