An update on the situation at the southern European border. Perspectives from Sicily.

by Beatrice Mariottini

Despite the efforts of the current Italian administration – who’s been following the footsteps of the previous one – to declare the central mediterranean route closed, the route is in fact still open and deadlier than ever.

The number of people arrived to Italy by sea has curbed, due to the deals with the Libyan government of Tripoli signed by the former Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti in 2017. The deal included the enhancement and training of the Libyan coastguard, that systematically takes migrants back to the Libyan shores, where they face severe human rights violations like torture and rape. Continue reading “An update on the situation at the southern European border. Perspectives from Sicily.”


Holocaust Remembrance.

by Youssef Zeinnedine


This post of what seems to be a nice European village is not what you think it is: another touristy picture. These are the guard houses in a former concentration camp near Berlin where I spent 3 days as part of a study trip about the Holocaust in 2017. Today, my heart is really heavy with memories from that very very ugly place. The Holocaust was truly one of the worst things that humanity has ever done, but it is only one of many that happened and that are still happening. The Holocaust did not start out of nothing. The Jews did not just wake up one day to find themselves being taken to the camps. It started with the hate, with hateful public discourses, and with silent Germans that still feel guilt until this day.

Today I see the same hateful things being said and believed about masses and masses of people around the globe, from the Rohingyas in Myanmar to Hondourans in the US, and Syrians in Lebanon. Are we waiting for another genocide to happen so that we learn as a human race not to repeat this? Are we waiting for crematoriums to be re-opened? Is that what we need? If there was a part that really traumatized me in the camp it was the crematorium and the image of tens of bodies being burnt like they never existed, and the image of villagers who lived just near by the camp, saw the smoke and did nothing. Are we waiting to see that smoke?

Actually, as you are reading this now, another engineered genocide is happening. China is detaining around one million Uyghur muslims to “re-educate” them. With world leaders silent in the face of the economic giant. Is the silence because the Uyghurs are not in Europe? Just like the 3 Million Congolese who were killled by the Belgians were not in Europe as well? I don’t have an answer. But humanity cannot continue like this. We cannot sit helpless, knowing that a million fellow humans might be suffering in imprisonment just because of their religion. #HolocaustRemembrence

Pre-departure Information: MUST (Uganda)

by Avantee Bansal 



Depending on how long you intend on staying in Uganda, there are a couple of visa options. DISCLAIMER: visa information is subject to constant change. This is the opinion of Avantee Bansal, and we are not responsible for any consequences of following this information. 

Be sure to think this through and discuss with MUST thoroughly before you arrive, as some of us ended up paying for the visa over three times. Take into account how many months you are going to stay here (obviously), if you will attend the study trip and what your ports of entry and exit would be. The options are as follows: Continue reading “Pre-departure Information: MUST (Uganda)”

Privileges and Positionality: academia and the rest of the world

By Justine Grace N. Abrugena

‘PRIVILEGE’ — it’s a word that has been constantly dropped and discussed as I did my graduate studies with EMMIR, and it’s something that I have been acutely aware and conscious of for the past year. Maybe if someone asked me two or three years ago if I consider myself privileged, I would have answered, “no, not really, I don’t think so. Whatever I had, I had to work hard and fight for it.” Even when I went to one of the premier (and most expensive) universities in the Philippines, I did not necessarily see myself as privileged. I worked hard to be there, fought to be there, and begged to be there. I was the scholarship and financial aid kid in a place full of wealthy privileged kids. Compared to them, I was the underprivileged. I equated privilege with money, and indeed it is an indicator of privilege, but only one amongst numerous indicators. Continue reading “Privileges and Positionality: academia and the rest of the world”

EMMIR Conference 2018 – “Linking Scholarship and Academia in Migration Societies: Critical Inquiries”

This past week, EMMIR hosted a 3-day conference on the links between activism and academia at the University of Oldenburg.

check us out on Twitter (@StudyEMMIR) or look at the #ActiveAcademia tag for some highlights of the conference. 

Some cohort 7 students stayed after their proposal colloquium for the conference, and several cohort 6 students came too as well as some alumni!

Cohort 8 students attending the conference, thanks to Ha for the photo! 


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