Research area Migration theory
Completed research project
Social organisation of migration processes
The research project explains the "new" migration flows into western affluent societies which have developed during the last two or three decades. In all the receiving countries an "immigration crisis" occurred which provoked an intensive debate about controlling migration. On the basis of interactionist sociology a model of explanation was developed which integrated several approaches of the latest social-sciences migration research. Different types of migration (marriage migration, family reunification, asylum migration and trafficking) were examined empirically. On the whole, the current migration flows can be explained by modernisation, intermediary structures and inherent dynamics. On the basis of this explanation various options for controlling migration flows in the sense of a humane and workable migration policy were tested.
Completed: September 1999
Researcher: Thomas Müller-Schneider
Müller-Schneider, Thomas: Wertintegration und neue Mobilität. Theorie der Migration in modernen Gesellschaften. 104 pages. efms, Bamberg 2003.
Müller-Schneider, Thomas: Zuwanderung in westliche Gesellschaften. Analyse und Steuerungsoptionen. Habilitationsschrift, 335 pages (in German) with 6 tables and 7 illustrations. Leske und Budrich, Opladen 2000.