What is EMMIR? Link

What is EMMIR?

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations.
It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies.



Erasmus Mundus Scholarships Deadline: 20 December 2017.
Self funded students Deadline: 5 July 2018



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Conference 2018


"Linking Scholarship and Activism in Migration Societies: Critical Inquiries"


December 13-15, 2018 at University of Oldenburg, Germany.


Scholarly activism and engaged interventions in migration societies;

Epistemologies and knowledge politics;

Decolonising epistemology in migration societies: indigenous knowledges;

Decoding heteronormativity and patriarchy: queer and feminist theory, intersectionality and activism;

Alternative methodologies and conceptual approaches - art and activism;

Partnerships between academia and civil society;

Responsibility and ethics in research and activism.



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European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations

Erasmus+ EMMIR is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. The first cohort set out to study in September 2011; since 2013 the programme is fully accredited by the national agencies as part of the European pilot project JOQAR. By the end of 2017, five cohorts have graduated with a success rate of nearly 100%. 

In summer 2016, the programme has been selected for further co-funding under the European Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus label of excellence. Consequently, from 2017 onwards, another three editions of the study programme will be supported by a limited number of scholarship for both European and non-European students. 

EMMIR is a unique Master course focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It provides profound theoretical and methodological skills in migration studies combined with field work in Europe and Africa. It is designed as a multidisciplinary programme that addresses important contemporary issues in an emerging field of study. 

Since 2011, the programme runs under the European label of excellence, Erasmus Mundus. It is fully accredited and graduates will be awarded a joint degree by the seven EMMIR partner universities. EMMIR includes study periods in both Europe and Africa. Student’s mobility is understood as a key to mutual understanding of different views and cultures of migration and movement and will sharpen intercultural sensitivity.

EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. Various associate organisations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate’s employment.

As an EMMIR student you will become acquainted with different cultures and academic traditions and gain knowledge about migration issues in internships. You will gain profound skills and specialise in one of the programme foci, this will provide you with excellent chances for employment in national and international governmental and private sector organisations or in academia.

Co-funded  by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Jaafar, EMMIR graduate

How does one describe a programme that provides you with extensive empirical opportunities and hyper-diversity whilst consistently performing at high academic standards? One word: phenomenal! Beware, intellectually inspiring yet emotionally challenging, but a great life experience; one that enriches you and makes you reinvent yourself and the worlds you inhabit.

Jaafar, EMMIR graduate

Jean, EMMIR student

EMMIR is an actor for social change that goes beyond academia and connects theories with field practice. The program encouraged me to create a non-profit media organization in Germany "Migration Heute" where we debate on media discourses and the representation of minorities across the EU member states.

Jean, EMMIR student

Yara, EMMIR student

Critical minds and interdisciplinary approaches – EMMIR is a family of teachers and students who combine migration studies with postcolonial thinking. Jointly, we are searching for responses to the current affairs of today’s world!

Yara, EMMIR student

Hi, my name is Beatrice and I am doing my internship in Catania, in Sicily. I work with a local association called Borderline Sicilia Onlus, which mainly serves as an observatory on migration in Sicily and offers legal assistance to migrants and asylum seekers. We monitor practices implemented by institutional and private actors that coordinate the reception, accommodation and detention of migrants, as well as assist those who could possibly become pilot court cases.


The EMMIR applications board has closed the application procedure for Erasmus Mundus scholarships and the 20 students have been informed. Due to technical issues with email servers of outlook and hotmail accounts, applicants might not have yet received the official communication notifying this information. We apologize for the inconvenience and we would like to kindly inform you that there application process for scholarships is closed. We are looking forward to starting the program with the new EMMIRians on board.


We would also like to remind you that the application for self-funded applicants is still open until July 5th. Good luck!


Cohort 6 students are reunited this week in Oldenburg to present their master theses proposals. They will research on a wide variety of topics during next semester: child protection, climate change migration, critical whiteness, media representation, applied theater, queer migration, human trafficking, voluntary return, belonging, solidarity and decolonization. Good luck!


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Ahfad University for Woman

WITS University

Universitetet  i Stavanger

Mbrara Unserversity of Science and Technology

University of South Bohemia

Univerza y Novi Gorici


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