Alumni Star Lecture: Understanding Migration in a European Context

Prof. Melissa Siegel, UNU-MERIT

Migration is regularly in the media and at the top of political agendas but how much do we really know about migration? There are many common misconceptions about migrants and the movement of people. These issues will be discussed while zooming into the European migration experience in a global context. Issues of both forced and voluntary migration will be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to the role of the German government concerning migration and developments of the migration of international knowledge workers.

The UM Star Lectures are run for alumni and students, taking place simultaneously in 13 different cities and 4 countries. This flagship event is organised to (re)connect with our alumni, share academic insights, experiences, bring back memories and to create an interconnected UM Alumni Community.



About the speaker

Melissa Siegel is a Professor of Migration Studies and Head of Migration Studies at UNU-MERIT where she manages several migration research projects, coordinates the Migration Studies Specialisation as part of the Master’s Programme in Public Policy and Human Development and heads the Migration Management Diploma Programme. She is the Co-Director and head of the Migration and Development research theme of the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). She currently holds the Chair of the UNU Migration Network and positions as a Research Associate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and an Associated Researcher at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. She is also on the board of the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration. She has done visiting research fellowships at Harvard University, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Oxford. She has advised, worked on or headed projects for several governments and international organisations. She is also regularly involved in migration-related training courses and capacity-building for governments and international organisations and teaching at the Bachelors, Masters, and PhD level as well as teaching around the world. She has also given advice to the United Nations and European Commission on migration issues. Her main research interest lies in the causes and consequences of migration with a strong emphasis on the linkages between migration and development. She has proven experience in writing successful research funding proposals and has several publications in the area of migration studies.



Venue: Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich, Germany

Date: 01 February 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30


UNU-MERIT