Marlou Schrover, Professor, Leiden University

What is the difference? Refugee migration today and in the past

Is the current refugee migration different from that in the past? Many people and organizations claim it is: numbers are believed to be larger, and the countries of origin, migrants and routes are different from earlier ones. Yet, there are also similarities. Emphasis on difference is used to press for support, or the need for new policies. This presentation focusses on refugee migrations in the past hundred years in Europe. Sudden increases in the numbers of refugees led to extensive debates also in earlier decades. NGOs criticized polities and influenced solutions. What is the use of comparing past refugee migrations with those in the past? Are we likely to learn lessons? Can we use our knowledge of the past to influence current policies?

Marlou Schrover is a full professor of migration history at Leiden University with more than 160 publications including 7 books and 5 edited volumes, mostly on migration. She holds the chair of Economic and Social History at Leiden University, and in this capacity leads a team of about 30 researchers. She has served on the PhD committee of 45 PhD candidates, and annually supervises 20 master students and 25 bachelor students in writing their thesis. Currently she is (co-)supervising 13 PhD students. Leiden University is internally recognized as a leader in the field of migration research. Schrover frequently speaks in front of non-academic audiences and appears in the press regularly. Schrover is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Migration History. Her research focusses currently on the last 70 years and the intersection of class, gender, ethnicity and religion in migration and integration policies.

Program för Forum för forskning om transnationell migration och CEIFO-seminarier höstterminen 2018.