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'.
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...
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...
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...
7 October from 13:00 to 14:00
Lunch time brown-bag seminar "How (street-)level bureaucrats construct immigration policies?" // October 7, 1pm-2pm
At the end of August 2019, Carla Mascia and Andrew Crosby both defended their PhDs on the concrete implementation of immigration policies by (street-)level bureaucrats. Carla Mascia was a joint PhD...