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Marie-Curie-Fellowship CONDISOBS
This project will provide a unique and comprehensive analysis of the three key measures that were undertaken after the “refugee crisis” to govern asylum seekers’ mobility in the EU, which is to say hotspots, relocation, and border controls.

Since 2020 (funded by H2020)

PhD-Project EUMMEP: EU Migration Policies in Crisis: The role of traditional and social media in shaping the European policy attention and actions
The scope of this research is to analyse whether traditional and social media narratives have had an impact on policy initiatives relating to safe migration and protection of migrants within the EU. We live in an interconnected and globalised world where migration is expected to only increase. It is therefore important to understand the inter-connections influencing the EU’s ability to promote safe migration, provide protection and to prepare for similar challenges in the future.

(2020 – 2023) (funded by FNR, AFR)

MIMY is a comparative interdisciplinary study of migrant integration with the aim of empowering young migrants in vulnerable conditions and supporting integration strategies within the EU.

Since 2019 (funded by H2020)

Border Complexities
Recently, Border Studies are experiencing methodological shift, which aims at describing and investigating borders in more complex ways. Here, the focus lies on dynamic formations of actors, activities, bodies, objects and knowledge that become effective as border (de)stabilizations. These formations, which are called “Border Complexities”, are discussed in the five-part workshop series, which is carried out by five partners from Germany, France and Luxembourg, from different thematic angles.

(2019-2021, funded by DFH-UFA)

Border Realities
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

(since 2019, UniGR)

Over the last few years, Luxembourg has responded to the arrival of asylum seekers by setting up temporary reception facilities dispersed over the territory of numerous municipalities.
More generally, across the world, refugees are accommodated in similar infrastructures, known as either reception centres or refugee camps. These facilities, and the prolonged length of time their residents stay there, contribute to the creation of a situation of ‘permanent temporariness’, which raises questions about the integration of refugees.
Are they included in, or excluded from, the state territory and its society?
To answer this question, we analyse the governance of reception facilities for refugees, with a particular focus on the role of local and municipal actors. We look at institutional settings, governance processes, and their effects on the inclusion/exclusion of refugees, and on refugees’ subjectivities. Going beyond categories of the global South and North, the case studies are located in Jordan and Luxembourg.

2018-2021 (funded by FNR)

The GAMMA UL-Chair on Regional Integration and Sustainability is responsible for coordinating research on policy coherence for development in the I-GAMMA research program (Use of Big Data and Machine Learning for the Integrality of Environmental Management of Sustainable Development) based in the Instituto de Ecología (INECOL), Mexico. In addition to the research conducted on sustainable development policy-making, the Chair works with coordinators of other branches of the project in order to contribute to the program’s impacts on civil society, governmental decision-making, and capacity-building and training. It also contributes to the reinforcement of science-policy coherence by focusing on how information is collected and utilized by academics and decision-makers. The Chair was established in August 2018 for an initial period of five years.

European Center for Competence and Knowledge in Border Studies
The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) is a thematic cross-border network of approximately 80 researchers within the university grouping University of the Greater Region (UniGR) conducting research on borders, their meanings and challenges.

(2018-2020, Interreg)

This project aims at initiating a re-description of German literary history in terms of linguistic diversity and cultural openness. Thus, the project contributes to a better understanding of the cultural and historical foundations as well as the constraints and blind spots of contemporary discussions about multilingualism and literature.

(2018 – 2020)

Luxembourg takes an exceptional position with its diverse population and its foreign population percentage of nearly 47% even within a globalized world. Culture contact, meeting people of different nationalities and backgrounds, switching between languages are normal every day occurrences in Luxembourg. Children are growing up in mixed-national households, country of birth of children and their parents differ and dual citizenship is on the rise.

  • What are the consequences for the process of identity construal in such a complex environment?
  • Which impact has the constant switching between different cultural frames on identity processes?
  • Which acculturation strategies will young people develop, navigating across contexts?
  • Within these acculturation strategies, which patterns are best for outcomes such as wellbeing and academic achievement?
  • What role does the school context play in facilitating these positive outcomes?

2017-2020 (funded by FNR)

Since 2015, migration to and within Europe has challenged the adequacy of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). This has affected the implementation of both the CEAS and national asylum systems and called further harmonisation into question. Harmonisation is not a fixed term but incorporates varied meanings and practices. In legal terms, harmonisation has been explained as an approximation process towards minimum standards. In political terms, harmonisation focuses on policy convergence, of which legal harmonisation is only one of many mechanisms of convergence. CEASEVAL determined what kind of harmonisation and solidarity is possible and necessary.

2017-2019 (funded by H2020)

RELOCAL aims to identify factors that condition local accessibility of European policies, local abilities to articulate needs and equality claims and local capacities for exploiting European opportunity structures. It is based on case studies of local contexts (cities and their regions) that exemplify development challenges in terms of spatial justice.

2016-2020 (funded by H2020)

MOVE provides a research-informed contribution towards an improvement of the conditions of the mobility of young people in Europe and a reduction of the negative impacts of mobility.

2015-2018 (funded by H2020)

The CALIDIE Doctoral Training Unit focuses on the fundamental question of how learners’ linguistic repertoires interact with their learning. It investigates particularly how multilingualism affects learning practices and processes, and how multilingualism can be capitalized on and transformed into a resource for educational success and social well-being.

since 2016 (funded by FNR, PRIDE)

Borders in Globalization (BIG) is an innovative, integrative, and sustainable network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic organizations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. Border studies are global in reach, and so we ground our core partnership in Canada and associate with key research centers worldwide.

(since 2013) (funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, academic and non-academic partners)

The mission of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) is to promote the comparative examination of the human and environmental impacts of various aspects of regional integration across geographic areas and time periods through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the research conducted through this consortium could eventually support social action projects in local communities through improved understanding of evolving political and economic context.

(since 2007)