Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) is an international research centre with a multidisciplinary profile and a strong international presence. Within the centre and its extensive network, researchers develop, explore and exchange knowledge of international migration and ethnic diversity. Bridget Anderson is Malmö City Guest Professor in Migration Studies (March-June 2022) where she will be establishing links between Malmo and Bristol – connecting both the Universities and the cities.
Transoceanic Mobilities Network
A collaboration between MMB, New School and University of Hawai’i
Existing institutional forms seem ill suited when it comes to addressing the pressing substantive issues and political dynamics at play in the current moment. Migration, climate change, global capital and trade, as well as the politics of populism and polarization, can not be easily navigated via the siloed institutional structures currently in places.
The Multiple Mobilities Research Group at The New School and MMB have established a fledging initiative: Transoceanic Mobilities Network. We envision a cross-disciplinary and multi-modal network that will address these complex problems through the engendering of new political imaginaries and analytic frames; in particular, we centre questions of mobility that infuse and join all three concerns. The Network will both broaden and embed our current research collaboration, make a major intervention in the field of mobility studies, and increase the profile of our institutions as generating innovative and interdisciplinary thinking that challenges existing research and policy paradigms.
Migrants and Systemic Resilience (Mig-Res-Hub)
A collaboration between MMB and Martin Ruhs (Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (EUI)
One of the central policy challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic has been how to protect and maintain essential economic activities and public services such as the provision of food, health services, and social care. The health emergency and associated bans on movement within and across countries have led to severe labour market shocks, including a sharp increase in the demand for health professionals and a reduction in the supply of agricultural and social care workers, thus threatening the resilience of essential services during the pandemic. Resilience can be broadly understood as the ability to withstand, recover, and adapt to unexpected external shocks (OECD 2020).
The primary aim of MigResHub is to facilitate global and comparative research on how migrant labour shapes the vulnerability and resilience of essential economic sectors and public services to the current COVID19 crisis and to similar (and likely) pandemic shocks in the future, and to discuss the implications and options for future immigration and other public policies around the world.
Other external networking links
Nandita Sharma is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the planetary commons. We are delighted that she will now be joining us in June-July 2022, when we will be holding a series of workshops and lectures with her. Find out more >
United Nations International Migration Review Forum (IMRF)
MMB has been awarded Special Accreditation to take part in the United Nations first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) from Tuesday, 10 May 2022 to Friday, 13 May 2022, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 73/326.
ACH is a social enterprise providing supported accommodation, and tailored integration services that not only help individuals, but also disrupt the systems that have entrenched inequalities in our society. MMB is working with ACH to ensure that support for migrant communities enables people to live independent, ambitious lives with greater access to opportunities. One strand of this is our seminar series, which has explored topics such as the concept of “integration”, migrant entrepreneurship, the consequences of No Recourse to Public Funds, housing and more. We also collaborate on projects like ACH’s Migrant Business Support, which MMB is evaluating, and previously, the University of Bristol’s ESRC-funded Everyday Integration.
Local media coverage the Migrant Business Support Project report (an ACH project that involves MMB member Ann Singleton) and the people it has supported: Meet the ‘Rocket Man’ giving back to his new home in Bristol – Bristol Live (bristolpost.co.uk)