What is EMMIR? Summary

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.

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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

A topic that often elicits strong opinions from both scholars and activists, the topic of EMMIR's conference this December questioned: how we can link activism and academia?, and why we should attempt to in the first place?


September is always the time for farewells and new beginnings. Over 80 people attended the Cohort 6 graduation ceremony at the University of Oldenburg, including the 12 graduates, their families, friends and the new students of cohort 8.


EMMIR Alumnus Yordanos A. Seifu published “Mengedegna” (“The Traveler” in Amharic), a vivid insight into the experiences of Ethiopian migrants and refugees in South Africa. The book explores the smuggling routes across Africa and portrays personal testimonials of resilience and adaptability.


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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Last modified: 2018-11-07