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International Conference: Why People Migrate…

18. Februar 2016 - 20. Februar 2016

The reasons for migration are pertinent for the normative evaluation and justification of rights, depending on countries of origin and individual objectives. Some reasons generate explicit obligations on the part of the receiving country while others result in no legitimate claims at all. Still, other reasons might have been caused by the countries of destination, which may thus result in equalisation claims. At the same time, reasons that are independent of the receiving countries lead to entirely different rights and obligations.
This international conference brought together lawyers and social scientists who work on topics of (forced) migration with political philosophers who focus on ethics and the political implications of migration in their respective research. The five main topics for the conference were:

  • What are the different reasons for various types of migration that can be observed?
  • What are plausible categories of reasons and/or general issues open to debate?
  • Are reasons for migration relevant with respect to the obligations towards migrants?
  • How can the relationship between the descriptive/explanatory appropriateness of reasons for migration and their normative implications be fathomed?
  • If there is such a relationships, should the normative assessment be concerned either with the responsibility to reduce reasons for migration or with the acceptance of migrants and their support?

The conference programme can be viewed here.

The conference poster can be downloaded here.


Scientific Directors:
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Niederberger (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Prof. Dr. Volker Heins (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen)
Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser (Technische Universität Dortmund)
in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Galya Ruffer (Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA)



Paula Bannerjee (Calcutta Research Group), Tendayi Bloom (Yale University), Jan Brezger (Freie Universität Berlin), Nergis Canefe (York Univesity Toronto), Andreas Cassee (Freie Universität Berlin), Frank Dietrich (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Johanna Gördemann (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Anna Goppel (Universität Bern), Henning Hahn (Universität Kassel / Freie Universität Berlin), Peter Higgins (Eastern Michigan University), Jennifer Hyndman (York University Toronto), Matthias Kettner (Universität Witten-Herdecke), Olaf Kleist (Oxford/Universität Osnabrück), Zachary Lomo (York University Toronto), Andreas Niederberger (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Galya Ruffer (Northwestern University), Dallal Stevens (University of Warwick), Christine Straehle (University of Ottawa), Shelley Wilcox (San Francisco State University)



18. Februar 2016


20. Februar 2016


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
Bochum, 44801 Deutschland
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