Who are we ?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) conducts a wide variety of research on migration and diversity, spread over many disciplines, departments and research institutes. This interdisciplinary group, called the ‘Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM)’ has therefore been created in January 2018. It joins over 100 VUB researchers from 11 disciplines (including political science, law, sociology, criminology, geography, medical sciences, communication sciences, linguistics, psychology and educational sciences, philosophy, and history) working on migration and diversity related topics. BIRMM is coordinated by Prof. Ilke Adam and Prof. Florian Trauner (both IES-VUB) and a board of delegates with one representative per research centre or department.
The main VUB research centres and departments involved in BIRMM are: the Institute for European Studies (IES), and particularly its research cluster Migration, Diversity and Justice; the History Department, with its research centre HOST; Sociology Department, with its research centres TOR and Interface Demography; the Political Science Department (POLI); BRIO, the centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Brussels, the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, the RHEA Centre for Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality, the Criminology department with its research centre Crime & Society, the Law department, with its research centre FRC (Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism) and the Department of Public Law, the Department for Communication Sciences, with its research centre CEMESO (Culture, Emancipation, Media and Society), and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, with its new reseach group 'Research into Diversity in Health Care'.
Monday 27 January
WE ARE HIRING! Vacancy Announcement: BIRMM Coordinator - Deadline: 1 March 2020
The Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre for Migration and Minorities is a recognised Centre of Expertise at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) bringing together over 100 researchers from 11...
Friday 26 April
First BIRMM Research Day
VUB Migration & Diversity Researchers Unite to Cooperate More! On Friday 26 April 2019, the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) organized its first...
Friday 13 December from 17:00 to 19:00
WHAT IF MAYORS RULED MIGRATION?
Immigration governance has become so polarized these days that the EU and the European nation-states have difficulties agreeing on the way forward. Let’s try to imagine what would happen if they...
Monday 2 December from 12:45 to 14:00
THE POLITICIZATION OF IMMIGRATION IN PORTUGAL BETWEEN 1995-2014: A EUROPEAN EXCEPTION?
Immigration is envisaged as part of an ‘emergent cultural cleavage’ across Western Europe. This public seminar focuses on the politicization of immigration in Portugal between 1995 and 2014...
Thursday 14 November from 17:00 to 19:00
SCALING FENCES - VOICES OF IRREGULAR AFRICAN MIGRANTS TO EUROPE
Responding effectively to the large-scale movement of peoples has become one of the greatest challenges of our time. The changing patterns and visibility of the numbers of people seeking refuge as...