The Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) aims to increase the scientific standing of migration research by emphasizing on research methodology, theory formation and attention for the societal relevance of migration research. A specific objective of the association is to bring together PhD candidates and young researchers to stimulate interaction and scientific discussion. DAMR is an interdisciplinary association in which different disciplines covering the broad field of migration come together. In this way, the association seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary and inter-university research.

Summary report: Online Workshop on 'Challenges and Priorities of migration research in the Global North and South’

Organized jointly by Dr Bilisuma Dito (Maastricht University, Netherlands), Niklas Mayer (Maastricht University & Wolaita Sodo University) and Dr Tagesse Melketo (Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia), with support of DAMR.

On 20 May 2022, our online workshop discussed different challenges and priorities of migration research in the Global North and the Global South. Due to the interactive nature of many of the program points – including group exercises and breakout room discussions – we networked and exchanged contact information with other migration researchers around the world. In this regard, the online workshop was a successful step to bring together migration researchers from different regions of the world, to learn from each other, to explore opportunities for collaboration, to share best-practice examples, and to make migration research more collaborative and inclusive.

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DAMR seeks new board members!

DAMR is looking for new board members! Are you interested in contributing to the biggest network of migration scholars in the Netherlands and representing the migration research taking place at your university? Please find the full call below – we particularly encourage applications from universities not currently represented in our board (Tilburg University, Wageningen University, Groningen University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the technical universities in Delft, Twente and Eindhoven).

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First online DAMR PhD-ing from Home Event was a success!

On April 21st, DAMR hosted its first ‘PhD-ing from home’ event. In collaboration with Lieneke Van Waalwijk Van Doorn – trainer and coach at Limen Coaching – we gathered 20 PhD researchers working across universities in and beyond the Netherlands and had an interactive, two-hour session on what it is like to work from home while conducting your PhD.

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Looking back: Workshop on interdisciplinary legal research on migration and the human rights of migrants

On 19 May 2022, with support of the Dutch Association for Migration Research and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), a workshop was organized on doing interdisciplinary legal research in migration law and on the human rights of migrants. The idea for this workshop came from a meeting of members of the Migration & Borders Working Group of the NNHRR and three early career researchers from different universities took on the task of organizing this workshop. The enthusiasm and positive feedback from the offline and online participants proved that this is a topic that resonates with many (young) scholars.

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Looking back: Mixing Methods in Migration Research Conference

Last October, the Mixing Methods in Migration Research took place online. Mixed methods research is known to increase understanding and therefore perfectly suitable to capture complex phenomena such as migration. Despite its widespread approval, the actual integration of methods in migration studies is still limited. In this conference, we brought together academic researchers interested in and/or experienced with mixed methods research in the field of migration. The aim of the conference was to raise and discuss challenges and considerations associated with doing mixed methods research and together move towards a true blending of methodologies. In this short contribution Nella Geurts – the main organizer of the event – reflects on the two-day conference.

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Call for Proposals: DAMR PhD Events 2021/2022

Call for Proposals: (Online) PhD Event 2021/2022

DAMR seeks to actively engage with PhD researchers working on migration issues. For this aim, the DAMR gives young researchers the opportunity to organize academic events. The proposed events can be workshops, panel debates, or other innovative events that bring together academic researchers and/or engage with a wider audience. The focus of the event can be on a wide range of issues related to migration debates around the world, and relate to different dimensions of the phenomenon. However, activities that have an interdisciplinary approach and involve early career members from various institutions are particularly encouraged. As DAMR is committed to facilitating dialogue between academics, also during ever changing conditions in the global pandemic, we accept proposals for organizing workshops, seminars or other events online and/or offline.

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Online Workshop on 'Challenges and Priorities of migration research in the Global North and South’

Online Workshop on 'Challenges and Priorities of migration research in the Global North and South’
When: May 20, 2022
Where: Online (Zoom)

This workshop is a collaboration between Maastricht University (the Netherlands), Wolaita Sodo University (Ethiopia) and Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR).

The objective of this 1-day Online workshop is to create a learning and networking platform for early career researchers in the Global North and Global South to discuss how they approach migration research.

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Looking back: DAMR PhD Event, Exploring Migration in Rural Areas

In June 2021, a group of early-career researchers with an interest in rural areas got together online for the 2021 DAMR PhD event. While a lot of migration research revolves around big cities which attract large numbers of migrants, attention has been broadening as more and more research projects address migration into rural and marginalized areas around the world. The two sessions of this DAMR PhD event allowed early career researchers working on migration related topics in rural and marginalized areas to come together to exchange with each other and with advanced researchers from both rural and migration studies about methodological and theoretical challenges. In this short contribution, Jana Finke - one of the events' organizers - reflects on the two-day session.

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Save the date: DAMR Event Mixed Methods

Join us on October 21st and 22nd this year for a virtual conference on mixing methods in migration studies. Moving beyond whether or not mixing methods is a valuable endeavor, this conference aims to address practicalities and best practices in mixed methods research. With keynotes from Jørgen Carling and Rossalina Latcheva as well as workshops on topics such as publishing mixed methods research, we are convinced this conference will spark a fruitful conversation and future collaborations.

More information via the flyer.