The Department for Migration and Globalisation (DeMiG) at Danube University Krems has recently been accepted as a new member institution of the IMISCOE network. As a member of this unique network, our department will further intensify and institutionalise the links with the growing number of migration research centres across Europe and contribute to the activities the IMISCOE network is committed to.

The Department for Migration and Globalisation (DeMiG) at Danube University Krems has recently been accepted as a new member institution of the IMISCOE network. As a member of this unique network, our department will further intensify and institutionalise the links with the growing number of migration research centres across Europe and contribute to the activities the IMISCOE network is committed to. We share with many other IMISCOE member institutions the idea and conceptual understanding of migration as an integral part of complex processes of internationalization, globalization, and social transformation with implications on both people’s lives and society. We work on the complex interlinkages between processes of migration, integration, and societal change, and in doing so, we contribute to a better understanding of these processes at work to promote social cohesion and human wellbeing. Our interdisciplinary research team covers a wide range of scientific disciplines such that we may address the complexity of migration and globalisation from multiple vantage points. We engage in basic as well as applied research, provide scientific evidence and insights to policy makers, business, civil society and the media.

The Department for Migration and Globalisation is the only university department in Austria that is exclusively dedicated to migration research and teaching. Since 2009 when the department was established, we build up competence and expertise on multiple aspects related to migration and integration processes, and we collaborate nationally and internationally with political and societal actors, but primarily with other migration scholars in Austria and the rest of Europe. Our department currently coordinates or participates in various national and international projects such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus Plus, or COSME programmes.

As part of the Danube University Krems, which is a public university for continuing education, we offer postgraduate training programmes including an English-speaking PhD programme in Migration Studies, a PhD Summer School in Advanced Migration Studies (https://www.advanced-migrationstudies.eu/), a newly established MSc in Global Studies, and a bilingual (German-English) MSc programme in Migration and Integration Management. All programmes are open for international students from other European and non-European countries (https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/de/department/migrationglobalisierung/index.php). Besides these regular programmes, we also welcome visitors for short research or study visits. As a regular event, we host the DialogForum in Migration & Integration (http://www.dialogforum-integration.at/), which is an annual conference that facilitates a dialogue between migration scholars, and actors from administration, policy making and civil society from within and beyond Austria.

As a new member of the IMISCOE network, our wish and plan is to actively contribute to the intellectual exchange and life of the IMISCOE network by engaging in collaborative research and teaching activities among IMISCOE member institutes. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation on any upcoming occasion.