The EMMIR Experience

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.

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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.

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EMMIR partner Mbarara University for Science & Technology (Uganda) in cooperation with The Refugee Law Project (RLP) (Uganda) and the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda) bring together activists and scholars mainly from East and Southern African countries to an academic two-day workshop in Mbarara (Uganda). The topic is "Mapping Research on Gender Inclusive Transitional Justice in Post-conflict African Societies".

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A group of more than 20 students aged between 16 and 28 years old from the Gymnasium Wildeshausen and the school St. IStvan of Budapest came to Oldenburg to learn about EMMIR and the field of migrations studies.

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My name is Emilio Cabrera and I am working in the UNDP regional center based in Panama, Panama, working directly with the Green Commodities Programme team. My role in the UNDP Regional center has been supporting the GCP team with procurement processes, research on due diligence procedures, financial grant proposals, human resources parameters and planning and assessment of events in the countries the team operates such as Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Ghana, and others.

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The European Commission has selected the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) as a "success story" based on our innovative approach and societal impact. EMMIR qualifies graduates to work in areas relating to the urgently relevant topics of migration, diversity and interculturality.

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The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) held its 17th conference from July 24-27, 2018 at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference gathered over 300+ academics and practitioners from around the world on the theme of: Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large.

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My name is Shabnam Abdullayeva and I am currently doing an internship in Civic Assistance Committee in Moscow. It is an NGO which works in a lot of areas: from sharing RSD interviews with UNHCR and the assistance of hate speech victims, to protection of prisoners in Northern Caucasus and preparation of migrant children for school.

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My name is Yousseff Zeineddine and I am currently doing my EMMIR internship in Munich. I work for an organization called Kiron Open Higher Education, which gives me a new perspective on education.

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Hi, my name is Beatrice Mariottini 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.

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The EMMIR applications board has closed the application procedure for cohort 8 students, who are now getting ready to move to Oldenburg. We are looking forward to starting the program with the new EMMIRians on board.

 

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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!

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As an aspiring, but not very talented or patient, cook and “foodie” (as basic girls on Instagram would say), I have gone to many lengths in order to expand my culinary horizon and skill set. I was vegan for 6 months. I watched all of Chef´s Table and Cooked on Netflix. And I bought an unnecessarily expensive mole skin notebook where I gather all my friends’ recipes in their own handwriting.

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As one of our electives in the first semester, we’re able to chose to go on one of two study trips: Berlin or Prague. 14 of us decided to go to the Czech Republic to study Roma Representation. Personally, I haven’t learned much about the Roma people before, because as a group there isn’t much information or media coverage surrounding them or issues they face. This ended up being a common theme in our trip: lack of representation and invisibility in the Czech Republic, despite facing much racism...

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The Freedom Theatre, located in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, teaches youth and adults living in and around the camp drama, multimedia, photography and other creative arts to promote free expression and cultural resistance against oppression and occupation Cecelia Marshall of Cohort 6 spent 3 months there this summer. She helped with communications, fundraising strategy and co-led a youth summer camp group focused on English-language through play.

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During the first semester at the University of Oldenburg, we had several sessions named “Navigating EMMIR” which focuses on self-reflection, and assessment of the program as a whole. One of the most common concerns raised in different “navigating” sessions is about who speak and who don’t speak in the class.

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Worried you won’t find your go-to coffee shop in Oldenburg? Because I end up spending so much of my time in the library, I relish those moments where I pack up my books, download my readings for class onto my iPad, and ride my bike to a cafe somewhere faaaaaaar away from the beige walls of the Uni library. Also – real espresso machines. Enough said.

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One of my first questions about the EMMIR program was “why Oldenburg?” Is it just that the university here has a good foundation for studying migration? Was this city just randomly chosen? Why are we in this small town in northern Germany?

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Last modified: 2018-09-23