Erasmus Migration & Diversity Institute (EMDI)

Migration and migration-related issues raise theoretical questions across disciplines. Scholars from various departments of the Erasmus University Rotterdam have decided to work together in order to address cross-disciplinary questions raised by migration and diversity. They launch the Erasmus Migration and Diversity Institute (EMDI), which has the main objective to deepen cross-disciplinary collaboration in research on migration and diversity and to position EUR in the rapidly developing international field of migration research.

EMDI was developed by scholars from various departments, including:

  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
  • International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
  • Erasmus MC (EMC)
  • Erasmus School of Law (ESL)

The coordination of the institute will be in the hands of a group of scholars from these faculties, including Prof.dr Kristin Henrard (ESL), Prof.dr. Susanne Janssen (ESHCC), Prof.dr. Des Gasper (ISS) and Dr. Peter Scholten (ESSB). 

EMDI event #2

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

EMDI seminar ‘The Haphazard Emergence of Integration Lingo in the ECtHR's Jurisprudence on Minorities’ with Kristin Henrard (ESL) and Fabienne Bretscher (University of Zurich)

In two recent decisions on the rights of religious minorities with a migrant background the European Court of Human Rights has used ‘integration’ as a justification of restrictions of the rights of these minorities. Kristin Henrard and Fabienne Bretscher expose the seemingly haphazard emergence of integration lingo in the ECtHR’s jurisprudence on minorities as one of the negative side-effects of the margin of appreciation doctrine of the Court. When the Court perceives divergence among the contracting states concerning a human rights matter, it prefers to leave a broad margin of appreciation to states, which implies that it does not offer criteria of its own. Applying this doctrine in the context of integration of minorities, the Court strongly relies on the perspective of the majority as brought forward by the government, while arguments of the minority, i.e. the applicants, are disregarded.

The presentation does not deny the relevance of integration (policies) for minorities and their fundamental rights, to the contrary, it rather claims that the Court should develop a more balanced and better informed doctrine on integration, acknowledging the myriad interactions between integration and minorities’ fundamental rights.

Kristin Henrard is professor of Fundamental Rights and Minorities at Erasmus School of Law.
Fabienne Bretscher is a PhD student at the University of Zurich and visiting research fellow at EUR.

Location: Mandeville Building, T3-02
Time: 15:00-17:00
Registration is not required

EMDI event #1

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Roundtable discussion on Superdiversity and Governance Implications
with introduction by prof.dr. Steven Vertovec on Superdiversity

To celebrate the launch of EMDI, we have invited acclaimed academic Steven Vertovec, Director Max Planck Institute, Göttingen  to inspire us, and to join the roundtable discussion on the concept of superdiversity and its’ governance implications. Steven Vertovec will give an introduction followed by discussions with EMDI members

Location: Mandeville Building, T3-13
Time: 16.00-18.00 (incl drinks in Erasmus Paviljoen)
Registration with name, department, email : Fleur Baggerman,

About Steven Vertovec
Prof. Dr. Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. In his 2005 article for the BBC ‘Super-diversity revealed’ Steven Vertovec introduced the term super-diversity, that refers to the diversification of diversity in contemporary societies. In the article ‘Super-diversity and its implications’, Vertovec (2007) elaborated that super-diversity implies the increased diversity in societies in amongst others the net influx of migrants, the wider range of origin countries, the extend of integration and diverse possible legal statuses of migrants. In addition, diversity also has increased within diverse migrant groups, for instance in the different degrees to which integration has emerged between first-generation immigrants and second-generation immigrants.


Fleur Baggerman

T17-53 (Mandeville building)