Research, educational, publishing and other goals can not be fully implemented without the cooperation with other institutions and individuals. Scientific cooperation of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies is realized through membership in international organizations, research networks, research projects, communication through the journal Migracijske i etničke teme and finally through the institution of visiting researchers.

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies actively participates in international research projects. The new field of cooperation includes the research of process of Croatia's accession to the European Union and its consequences. In cooperation with the Austrian Institute for International Relations, the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies participates in the project "The South-Eastern Enlargement of the European Union – Between Utopia and 'Realpolicy'". The goal of this project includes the development of the EU enlargement scenario to the South-Eastern Europe. The project will explore and evaluate the Union's program and institutional efforts and measures, its explicit and implicit programs directed towards conflict prevention and control in the South-Eastern Europe. Potential conflicts and problems within the EU connected to the South-Eastern enlargement are also a part of research issues and goals.

EMMIR European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations

It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies.

EMMIR is a unique study programme focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It provides profound theoretical skills in migration studies combined with field work in Europe and Africa.

EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities: University of Oldenburg, Germany (UOL); Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan (AUW); Makerere University Kampala, Uganda (MUK); Mbarara University of Science & Technology in Uganda (MUST); University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia (UNG); University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic (USB) and University of Stavanger, Norway (UIS).

It is also facilitated by a wider network of partners which since June 2012 consists of 29 formally associated partner organisations and institutions, and a number of informally associated partners. Various associate organisations on the regional, national and international level provide assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The quality of the programme is evaluated by an international board of experts.

EMMIR includes study periods in both, Europe and Africa. Students' mobility is understood as a key to mutual understanding of different views and cultures of migration and movement and will sharpen intercultural sensitivity.

All students jointly spend their first year at the University of Oldenburg in Germany and at the University of Stavanger in Norway. In their second year they are free to move to any partner institution for their focus module and a two month internship. This is where most of the associated partner institutions come in.

Associated partner institutions play an important role in evaluating and improving EMMIR and in promoting the programme.

Associates role in the course implementation include:

  • providing advice and to be involved in EMMIR quality assurance, especially with regard to employability and graduate labour market placements
  • facilitating research via access to specialised resources and/or in the field.
  • hosting interns and giving feedback on outcome and performance.
  • contributing to teaching
  • hosting scholars for working with an associated partner.

Furthermore, associate partners are expected to contribute to the strategies developed by EMMIR in particular as regards the:

  • course sustainability(supporting the consortium in the implementation, organization and promotion of the course, providing additional resources such as academic scholarship for future students) and the
  • student employability(ensuring that the academic content of EMMIR meets the relevant professional needs, contributing to the transfer of knowledge and skills, offering complementary skills courses and/or placement possibilities).

At the EMMIR's Consortium meeting at theUniversity of Stavanger, Norway, in February 2012, IMIN became EMMIR's associate partner. The admission was formally confirmed by the European Agency − EACEA in Brussels, in July of the same year.

EMMIR is present on the website, where all relevant information regarding the study programme, the Consortium and the associates can be found.

The Association of European Migration Institutions – AEMI was founded in 1989 as an association of Scandinavian institutions (museums, archives, documentary and research centers) which deal with migration issues. The association was officially founded in 1991 by adopting the first statute as a network of European organizations dealing with documents, research and presentation of European migrations. At the Stavanger Conference in 2002, thirty member institutions represented sixteen European countries (Denmark, Luxemburg, Portugal, Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, San Marino, Island, Great Britain, France and Croatia ). The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies joined the AEMI in 1999 during the Association's annual meeting in Portorož. Today, the AEMI represents a wide European forum of institutions dealing with migrations and diaspora from different aspects. Through its regular annual conferences, AEMI enables the institutions to get acquainted with each others' activities, to exchange knowledge and experiences and to work together on particular topics i.e. common projects. Annual meetings usually consist of two parts: seminars and workshops focusing on specific topics and a business part. Besides the topics primarily related to the history of European emigrations and returned emigrants, seminars organized by the AEMI presently also cover issues of modern migrations from and to Europe as a necessary expansion of interest in the field of migration research. The first issue of AEMI Journal Emigrant Agents and Return Migration in European History was published in 2003.


In 1991, the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies organized with the help of its scientific adviser Silva Mežnarić and in cooperation with professors Otto Feinstein (Wayne State University), Heribert Adam (Simon Fraser University) and Kogile Moodly (University of British Columbia) the course "Divided Societies" at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik. The objective of this course was to gather all important lecturers and researchers in the field of ethnicity, to concentrate and pass on all available knowledge and data to active young researchers from the region and the world and to compare ethnic conflicts and disagreements in different parts of the world. What made the course even more interesting was the fact that it was organized in a region which once again became relevant to those who study ethnicity, nations, nationalism and transnationalisation. However, the activities of the IUC and the course itself were suspended due to the war and the occupation of Dubrovnik and were re-launched in 1997. Since 2000, the course "Divided Societies" has been held regularly in April at the IUC in Dubrovnik, assembling lecturers and researchers of all generations and from all continents as well as postgraduate students and motivated undergraduates of the University of Zagreb , Wayne State University from Detroit and numerous other universities from Europe, Canada, the USA etc. The associates and junior researchers of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies actively participate and regularly attend the course. The course "Divided Societies" is one of the best attended and best evaluated courses of the IUC Dubrovnik.