RESPOND - Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond

Objectives and research questions

With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and neighbours, RESPOND is a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis, which is one of the biggest challenges that the EU has faced since its establishment. The crisis highlighted the vulnerability of European borders, the tenuous jurisdiction of the Schengen system, and general problems concerning multi-level governance of migration and integration. One of the most visible impacts of the refugee crisis has been the polarization of politics in EU Member States and intra-Member State policy (in)coherence in responding to the crisis. Bringing together 14 partners from seven disciplines, RESPOND aims to:

  1. provide an in-depth understanding of the governance of recent mass migration at macro (national, supranational), meso (subnational, local), and micro (individual migrant) levels through cross-country comparative research;
  2. critically analyse governance practices with the aim of enhancing the migration governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states, and third countries.

RESPOND explores migration governance through a narrative that is constructed along five thematic fields:

(1) Border management and security

(2) Refugee protection regimes

(3) Reception policies

(4) Integration policies

(5) Conflicting Europeanization

Each thematic field reflects a juncture in the migration journey of refugees and is designed to provide a holistic view of policies, their impacts, and responses given by affected actors within.

Activities and Publications


Conferences and Dicussions

  • V International Conference ESPAnet Polska on 27th September 2018 in Warsaw: Josipovic & Reeger: “Migration and Integration Policies in Austria: Historical Developments and Current Interplay”
  • 5th Annual Conference for Migration and Integration Research on 6th December 2018 in Vienna: Josipovic & Reeger “The impact of the “refugee crisis” of 2015: policy responses and stakeholder deliberations in Austria”
  • Migration Governance Network February 2019 at ÖAW - group discussion with practitioners and experts  
  • 16th Annual IMISCOE Conference June 26-28, 2019 Malmö University: Josipovic: "Interviewing refugees: vulnerability in context" & "Techniques of migration governance", Reeger & Rottman: "Endless waiting and (non-)belonging: the future of social cohesion in immigration cities"
  • RESPOND Cambridge University Conference October 2019: Reeger & Nagel: "Experiences of reception and welcoming culture: Austria and Germany compared", Josipovic: "Beyond Imageries of Nation-State Sovereignty: Border Politics in Austria".


  • “Assessing Austrian Policy Reforms: Practitioner Point of View” by Ivan Josipovic and Ursula Reeger, May 2019 (Link)
  • “Detention and Containment on the Rise in Austria” by Ivan Josipovic, March 2019 (Link)

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ISR-Project team


  • Uppsala Universitet (project coordination), Sweden
  • The Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi, Turkey
  • Swedish Research Institute Istanbul, Turkey
  • Özyegin Universitesi, Turkey
  • Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Panepistimio Aigaiou, Greece
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland
  • Københavns Universitet, Denmark
  • Lebanon Support, Lebanon
  • Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, Iraq


December 2017 to November 2020


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770564.

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