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The Amsterdam Research Centre for Migration seeks a fundamental understanding of migration and migration governance as phenomena implied in contemporary, globalized societies. The Centre brings together scholars working on what drives migration and mobility; how migration is experienced, represented and regulated; and how migration and mobility impact societies. The ARC-M has an explicit interdisciplinary orientation, and seeks to combine academic innovation and rigour with societal engagement, relevance and critique as well as political salience.
Research Projects

    The UNDETERRED research programme is funded by the European Commission under the “Horizon-Europe” calls for projects. The aim of this research programme is to detect, reveal and deactivate unintentional racism by firstly analysing experiences of unintentional racism by young people aged 18 to 35 in the fields of housing, healthcare, employment and education. The Amsterdam study is led by Marcel Maussen and Salama Konaté.


    Marriage, Migration and Sexuality: African Migrants in Interracial Same-sex Partnerships (MARMIGSEX). In many countries, the expansion of the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex unions has provided marriage migration rights to same-sex couples. MARMIGSEX examines how the newly available pathway for migration through same-sex marriage has shaped the aspirations, subjectivities, and relationships of Africans in transnational same-sex partnerships.

  • EQUALSTENGTH: From one closed door to another

    EQUALSTRENGTH investigates cumulative and structural forms of discrimination, outgroup prejudice and hate crimes against ethnic, racial and religious minorities from a cross-setting and intersectional perspective. It is a consortium of ten international partners, funded through a Horizon Europe grant. The UvA team consists of Dr. Eva Zschirnt and Dr. Bram Lancee.

  • Relocating Care

    Many families struggle to find high-quality care at an affordable price. One solution is to relocate their elderly to a different country where the cost of care is lower. Relocating Care studies care for German-speaking elderly in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. This project is led by Dr. Kristine Krause.


    The RIGHTS project seeks to understand how the rights of low skilled migrant workers are shaped by origin and destination states, interstate dialogues, and the involvement of civil society and international organisations. The UvA team is led by Dr. Evelyn Ersanili.

  • Strange(r) Families

    The right to family migration is highly contested for families which deviate from the norm, such as same-sex families or polygamous families. The Strange(r) Families project analyses how migration law and politics deal with different kinds of families asking to be allowed to live together in Europe. The project is led by Dr. Saskia Bonjour.

  • China White

    The China White project explores the reconfiguration of whiteness in China, focusing on privileges, precariousness, and racialized performances. With the rise of China’s economy, more and more white westerners are moving to China for business and job opportunities. This project examines how the western notion of whiteness is dis-assembled and re-assembled in the new historical context of changing power relations between China and major western countries. The principal investigator is Dr. Shanshan Lan.

  • GEMM

    The GEMM Study is a cross-national harmonized field experiment on hiring discrimination. It employs an innovative field-experimental research design that allows for the comparative analysis of hiring discrimination across 53 ethnic groups in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway and the Netherlands. The project is led by Dr. Bram Lancee.

  • Advancing Alternative Migration Governance (ADMIGOV)

    ADMIGOV is a Horizon cooperation of 11 universities, two research centers and one NGO in eight European and non-European countries. The objective of the project is to develop indicators of good migration governance, to give states a tool to work according to UN norms, and synchronize policy on paper and policy in practice. It is led by Dr. Anja van Heelsum (UvA).

  • Eur-Asian Border Lab

    The Eur-Asian Border Lab aims to catalyse trans-regional synergies and intellectual conversations among scholars studying borders and bordering across different world regions. We test theoretical ideas in diverse empirical settings and apply insights from academically peripheral regions to the heart of mainstream theorization of border studies. We understand bordering as an increasingly complicated and nuanced conceptual process at the core of many critical developments and practices worldwide. The UvA team leader is Dr. Tina Harris.

  • EMIC – Externalizing Migration Control

    EMIC brings together researchers from the Universities of Gothenburg and Amsterdam to study the EU externalization of migration policy in Africa. The project explores how programs in the European Trust Fund for Africa have been implemented and determine who has the power and responsibility to shape its outcomes in Africa. The UvA team consists of Dr. Darshan Vigneswaran, Dr. Polly Pallister-Wilkins, and Dr. Saskia Bonjour.


    When there is discontent, why do some people protest while others cross borders? To answer this question MOBILISE looks at Argentina, Poland, Morocco, and Ukraine and migrants from these countries in Germany, the UK and Spain. MOBILISE is funded under ORA with partners in France, the UK and Germany. Dr. Evelyn Ersanilli is the Dutch Co-Investigator.


    The REINTEGRATE project is a 5-year study (2021-2026) funded by the European Research Council under a Starting Grant. The project develops a conceptual understanding of reintegration governance, its implementation and effectiveness, and a new theoretical framework of how different forms of reintegration governance shape returnees' reintegration outcomes across an in-depth comparative analysis of four diverse states: Nepal, Nigeria, Serbia, and the Philippines. The project is rooted in the nexus between policies and migrant agencies and aims to illustrate returnees' role in their reintegration outcomes. The REINTEGRATE project includes two senior researchers, two postdocs, and one Ph.D. student. The UvA team leader is Dr. Katie Kuschminder.