Sievers, W. (Ed.) Grenzüberschreitungen: Ein literatursoziologischer Blick auf die lange Geschichte von Literatur und Migration, 2016

Labels such as 'migrant' and 'migration litertaure' are often rejected by the authors they are used to describe. This volume goes beyond such categories by examining the different ways that migrants enter the literary world and looking at the history of literary migration to Austria (Elias Canetti, Milo Dor, György Sebestyén) and more current authors who have not yet been written about to the same extent (Seher Çakır, Ilir Ferra, Tanja Maljartschuk, Stanislav Struhar). The central questions address how the authors position themselves in their works, the role that publishers, critics and literary prizes play in their positioning, and the impact of their migration biographies and multilingualism have in these processes. 

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Carvill Schellenbacher, Jennifer; Dahlvik, Julia; Fassmann, Heinz; Reinprecht, Christoph (Ed.) Migration und Integration – wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich, Jahrbuch 3/2016, Vienna University Press

As a classically interdisciplinary topic, migration and integration is investigated in a range of disciplines. The Yearbook of Migration and Integration Research aims to encourage interdisciplinary exchange by regularly publishing and documenting the main questions and results of Austrian migration and integration research.

The entries in this third volume address a broad range of topics, from asylum and legal issues, education and discrimination as well as the various forms migration might take and the impact of migration of society. In doing so, new theoretical and methodological approaches are described and the question of how research result scan be integrated into practice is discussed.

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Michael Bommes, Heinz Fassmann, Wiebke Sievers (eds.)(2014): Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe: Past Developments, Current Status and Future Potentials Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014

One of the most important challenges concerning the future of the European Union is the demographic reproduction of the European population. Decreasing birth-rates and the retirement of the baby boomers will dramatically reduce the labour force in the EU, which will entail not only a lack of manpower but also lower contributions to European social systems. It seems clear that the EU will have to counterbalance this population decrease by immigration in the coming years. Migration Between the Middle East, North Africa and Europe takes this challenge as a point of departure for analysing the MENA region, in particular Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, as a possible source of future migration to the European Union. At the same time, it illustrates the uncertainties implied in such calculations, especially at a time of radical political changes, such as those brought about by the Arab Uprising.

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Dahlvik, Julia; Reinprecht, Christoph; Sievers, Wiebke (eds.) (2014): Migration and Integration - wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich. Jahrbuch 2/2013; Wien: Vienna University Press (published December 2013).

In German. "Migration and Integration: Perspectives from Austria. Yearbook 2/2013. The field of migration studies is a classic interdisciplinary subject, however interdisciplinary exchange has proven to be difficult and is often lacking. The Yearbook for Migration and Integration Studies hopes to be able to stimulate exchange by regularly documenting the research questions and results from Austrian migration and integration work.

In this second volume of the yearbook the authors continue to address the classic themes of migration and integration, as in the first yearbook, but also more diverse aspects such as language and theology. We offer new theoretical and methodological approaches, and look into the practical implementation of research. The yearbook is aimed particularly at the German-speaking research community, but also at anyone interested in a broad and innovative look at questions of migration.

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Dahlvik, Julia; Fassmann; Heinz, Sievers, Wiebke (Hrsg.) (2012): Migration und Integration - wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich. Jahrbuch 1/2011; Wien: Vienna University Press (erschienen im Dezember 2011).

In German. "Migration and Integration: Perspectives from Austria Yearbook 1/2011"

The field of migration studies is a classic interdisciplinary subject, however interdisciplinary exchange has proven to be difficult and is often lacking. The Yearbook for Migration and Integration Studies hopes to be able to stimulate exchange by regularly documenting the research questions and results from Austrian migration and integration work. The contributions in this book address classic topics in the field, such as asylum, citizenship, discrimination, but also seek to investigate newer aspects, such as carer migration to Europe, marriages of convenience, or the importance of migration in the media and the Arts. We offer new theoretical and methodological approaches, as well looking at how research can be utilised in practice. The Yearbook is aimed particularly at the German-speaking research community, but also at anyone interested in a broad and innovative look at questions of migration.



Bauböck, Rainer; Faist, Thomas (Hrsg.) (2010) Transnationalism and Diaspora. Concepts, Theories and Methods; Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Diaspora and transnationalism are widely used concepts in academic as well as political discourses. Although originally referring to quite different phenomena, they increasingly overlap today. Such inflation of meanings goes hand in hand with a danger of essentializing collective identities. This book therefore analyses diaspora and transnationalism as research perspectives rather than as characteristics of particular social groups. The contributions focus on conceptual uses, theoretical challenges and methodological innovations in the study of social ties that transcend nation and state boundaries. This volume brings together authors from a wide range of fields and approaches in the social sciences, as studying border-crossing affiliations also requires a crossing of disciplinary boundaries.

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Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard; Sievers, Wiebke (Hrsg.) (2009) Citizenship Policies in the New Europe. 2. überarbeitete und erweiterte Ausgabe; Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press [erste Ausgabe 2007].

The European Union's enlargements in May 2004 and in January 2007 have greatly increased the diversity of historic experiences within the EU as well as its contemporary conceptions of statehood, nation-building and citizenship. How did newly formed states determine who would become their citizens? How do countries relate to their large emigrant communities, to ethnic kin minorities in neighbouring countries and to minorities in their own territory? And to which extent have their citizenship policies been affected by new immigration and integration into the European Union? The expanded and updated edition of Citizenship Policies in the New Europe describes the citizenship laws and their historical backgrounds in the EU's twelve new countries and the accession states Croatia and Turkey. Citizenship Policies in the New Europe complements two volumes on Acquisition and Loss of Nationality in the fifteen old Member States published in the same series in 2006.

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Fassmann, Heinz; Reeger, Ursula; Sievers, Wiebke (Hrsg.) (2009) Statistics and Reality: Concepts and measurements of migration in Europe; Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Worldwide harmonization of migration statistics is something international bodies dream of. And yet, attempts by organizations needing comparative data have not proven very successful thus far. More than just problematizing the incomparability of migration statistics, Statistics and Reality shows how figures only ever mirror part of the truth. With this understanding, the authors of the twelve country reports contained in this volume show how the statistics used to describe European migration are based on different conceptualizations, each being closely tied to the particular history and migratory past of a nation. Moreover, each state has its own way of counting foreign citizens and foreign-born populations, conducting censuses, handling population registers and maintaining permit databases. While also reflecting recent trends in migration studies, such as the feminization of migration and diversification in migrant origins, this book will convince readers that nowhere on the Continent are statistics synonymous with reality.

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Fassmann, Heinz; Haller, Max; Lane, David (Hrsg.) (2009) Migration and Mobility in Europe - Trends, Patterns and Control; Cheltenham: Elgar.

The enlargement of the European Union has had an enormous impact on migration within Europe. This book addresses the form of these effects, outlining the social, political and economic problems created by the free movement of people within the European Union.

The eminent European contributors to this book explore the ways in which nation states and the EU seek to promote the benefits of migration but at the same time counter threats arizing from dislocation. The advantages and costs of migration are considered, as is the crucial problem of who gains and loses from migration. Underpinning the analysis are studies on retirement migrants in Turkey and migrant workers in countries including Austria, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the UK, which highlight the impact of immigration in the host states, the motivation for migration within the EU as well as the issues of societal integration of migrants and the need for control as a consequence of growing levels of migration.
This timely and relevant study will strongly appeal to scholars and researchers in a wide range of fields including European studies, migration studies, social policy, human geography, international relations and sociology.

Fassmann, Heinz (Hrsg.) (2007) 2. Österreichischer Migrations- und Integrationsbericht; Klagenfurt/Celovec: Drava. Der erste Österreichische Migrations- und Integrationsbericht erschien im Jahr 2003.

In German. "2nd Austrian Migration and Integration Report"

The first Austrian Migration and Integration Report was published in 2003. In the intervening years there have been two significant changes to the situation. On the one hand, the reform of the relevant laws and rules governing immigration have changed significantly the immigration and incorporation of foreign workers and their families into the workforce, as well as the situation for refugees has changed significantly. The new rules for aliens have brought a more sophisticated approach to migration poilcy by seeking to limit immigration quantitatively, whilst attempting to steer the intake qualitatively. The description of these new legal regulations and conditions is one of the main tasks of the Migration and Integration Report. 

On the other hand, since the publication of the first report in 2003, immigration has reached record highs. In no other period in Austrian post-War history did so many immigrants come and stay as they have in recent years. This has also led to an increase in all forms of flexible labour migration. This development may be described as a re-emergence of a circular "guest worker immigration – even if not referred to in those terms – cannot be overlooked. An update to the data published in the last report was vital, as the situation and reality of immigration and emigration has changed significantly. Furthermore, the release of the results of the national census – which weren’t available in 2003 – as well as the implementation of new statistical instruments have allowed for a new and more detailed insight into the actual processes of migration in Austria.



Bauböck, Rainer (ed.) (2006) Migration and Citizenship. Legal Status, Rights and Political Participation; Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Citizenship is a legal status as well as an activity of political participation. This book is a collaborative effort that provides an overview of the current theories and empirical research on citizenship in European contexts of migration. Citizenship is frequently invoked both as an instrument and goal for immigrant integration. Yet, in migration contexts, citizenship also marks a distinction between members and outsiders based on their different relations to particular states. A migration perspective highlights the boundaries of citizenship and political control over entry and exit as well as the fact that foreign residents remain in most countries deprived of core rights of political participation. This book summarizes current theories and empirical research on the legal status and political participation of migrants in European democracies.

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