Past Research Projects

CROSS-BORDER PERSONNEL MOBILITY BETWEEN MEXICO AND GERMANY - CHANGING PATTERNS OF ORGANISATIONAL COORDINATION (CHAPOC)

Duration: 01/2011 - 12/2013
Ansprechpartner: Dr. Martina Maletzky
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InternationalMigrants' Ethnicity and Its Impact on Labour Markets of the Receiving Countries: A Comparative Study among China, Netherland, Germany, Franceand UK

Duration: 08/2009 - 07/2011
Contact: Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries
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Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)

The new research project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" which is funded by Volkswagen Foundation started in October 2007 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries; Zeynep Sezgin coordinates the project, Tülay Zenginguel works as researcher, and Gianna Blum and Deniz Greschner as research assistants in the project. In the face of an increasingly globalized world, the issues of integration and migrants' civic participation can not be adequately addressed by analytical frames which focus only on the nation-states. In the last two decades, new political, social, cultural and economic migratory realities, which span across countries of origin and arrival, have emerged. Furthermore, current research shows that the linkages of migrant organizations with countries of origin have been intensified during the last decade. This calls for a new approach which focuses both on the role of the countries of origin and of arrival in migrants' integration and participation. What is evidently required is a transnational analysis which can grasp actual developments in international migration and can identify the linkages of migrants' organizations with homeland countries.
For this reason, the research project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" developed an analytical framework addressing both, transnational organizations and their corresponding national and border spanning contexts. In particular, it seeks to identify the characteristics of border crossing migrant organisations, analyse the diffusion of transnational migrant organizations, study the context factors, which influence in the emergence of transnational migrant organizations in four selected European countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Poland and Spain), and address the consequences of transnationalization of migrants' organizations (if that is the case) on the participation and incorporation of migrants in European societies.
The Study Group consists of an international and interdisciplinary team, consisting - besides the before mentioned Bochum team - Prof. Dr. Stephen Castles, Prof. Dr. Gunther Dietz, Prof. Dr. Marek Okólski und Dr. Dirk Halm, and a board of international researchers and European policy experts.

Contact: Dr. Zeynep Sezgin
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European Works Councils

On March 1st, 2007, a research project on "European Works Council: A transnational Organization?" funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) started at the Chair of Sociology/Organisation, Migration, Participation.

The aim of the project is to establish a typology of European Works Councils (EWCs), to find out the structural conditions for their work and to analyse the results of negotiations between European Works Councils and Managements in selected companies in the European automotive industry in five countries (France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom). The duration of the project is two years. More information on the project's research mission is available on the project's details page.

The project team consists of Luitpold Rampeltshammer, Markus Hertwig, Jessica Buchholz und Valentina Mählmeyer. More information on the project's team is available on its team page.

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