Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University Osnabrück
Current Research Projects:
Rationales of Resettlement:
The Australian Government's Motives in the Orderly Departure Program
In this project, I investigate in archival research Australian political discussions about the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees between 1979 and 1982.
Project funded by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne.
New 'Recipe' in Refugee Protection?
Developments and the Current State of the Resettlement Program in Germany
April-Dezember 2013, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany
In this research project I examine the ways and motives behind the implementation of a regular resettlement program by which the federal government of Germany pledged to resettle 900 refugees between 2012 and 2014. In addition to the historical development towards this policy the actual praxis of resettlement will be analysed under the criteria of refugee protection. The project is set within the lager context of the Common European Asylum System and the relationship between Global Refugee Policies and national politics of migration.
Funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation.
Refuge and Belonging:
Transformations of Refugee Protection in the Federal Republic of Germany
Commences in January 2014
Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Completed Research Projects:
Political Memories and Migration in Australia
I examined how the remembrance of Australia's migration past correlates with migration policies. In particular, I analysed how Australia Day has been utilised in the politics of migration and for the incorporation of immigrants, how the South Australian Migration Museum altered its representation of multiculturalism, and what role memories played in and after the Tampa debate about boat people. The project led me to develop a concept of 'political memory' and allowed me to set migration politics in a larger framework of politics of belonging.
Partially funded by Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the Australian government's Endeavour Program.