Transnational Governance of Migration


“Bright Minds Only”? How can labour migration solve the German skill shortage?

Hannes Wehnhardt is a master student in Economics and Management of Government and International Organisations at Bocconi University in Milan and an exchange student at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute. A German by nationality, Hannes is interested into labour migration policies, skill shortage, and structural adjustment processes in the Federal […]

Is the ‘highly skilled’ definition in Germany’s Immigration Act gender proof?

During the negotiations about a future coalition government in Germany, the trio consisting of Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals have declared their intention to modernise skilled labour migration to Germany. The aim being twofold, a greater number of skilled workers and better conditions upon arrival. Is this enough? In this blogpost, I suggest that Germany’s […]

Offshoring and Outsourcing Border Control: The EU’s use of Private Military and Security Companies

The European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS) are heavily reliant on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC) to enforce their migration policies. PMSCs, for example, are involved in the management of offshore detention centres and in the implementation of forced returns. In this blogpost, I show that the absence of legally binding international […]

Is the Global Compact on Refugees having an impact? Leaders from around the globe gather to take stock at the High-Level Officials Meeting.

In mid-December 2021, I joined hundreds of leaders from around the globe for a virtual two-day gathering to assess progress on the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). Leaders represented UN member states, non-UN member states, city governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, sports organizations, and refugee-led organizations. The agenda was largely […]

Visibility Diminished, Instability Prolonged: Trends Impeding Access to Protection

Migration policies sometimes have visible effects . The optics of border pushbacks and the ‘scene of exclusion’ receive support from anti-immigration political factions and criticism from civil society and the legal community. Conversely, the ‘scene of rescue’ at national borders provoke broad public attention and humanitarian compassion, while inciting outrage among those resistant to migration. […]