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Migration and Ethnicity Research Gothenburg University (MERGU)

MERGU is a research cluster at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. There has been a long tradition of research into these significant subjects at the department, recently revived and developed in new relevant directions prompted by current developments of global migration. Members of the research cluster undertake research on migration and ethnicity related to a number of fields and studies including Civil Society, Education, Emotions, Gender, Family studies, Political Sociology, Politics and Policy, Labourmarkets and Sociology of Law.

MERGU welcomes new associates and collaborations (please see contacts below). Members of the cluster conducts research on migration and ethnicity with regard to bureaucracy, citizenship, cultural heritage, diaspora, (super-) diversity, exclusion and inclusion, globalisation, identities, institutions, integration, mobility, nationalism and transnationalism, legal pluralism and the welfare-state.

More specifically we conduct research on complex questions such as these:

  • In which ways have understandings of migration developed in global/local settings?
  • In which ways do the dynamics of migration shape global inequalities with regard to transnational localities and identities?
  • How does migration as an ongoing process affect and transform notions of home, belonging, identity and citizenship?
  • How are the relationships between ethnic majorities and minorities negotiated, politicised and transformed?
  • How do migrants organise in new settings? What characterises the migrant civil spheres in different contexts?
  • How do labour markets and political institutions handle, understand and organize diversity?
  • How does migration build on or alter global and domestic configurations of emotions and affective attachments?
  • In which ways do migration and mobility impact parenting and care-giving arrangements across borders?
  • How do current policies on refugees and asylum seekers shape everyday-life for parents (mothers, fathers) and children?
  • How do systems, cultures and actors in education enable and constrain justice in relation to migration and ethnicity?

MERGU is based at the Department of Sociology and Work Science but is connected to a wider network both nationally and internationally. Links to follow.

For more information contact:
Gabriella Elgenius or Oksana Shmulyar Green

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