Seiger, Fiona-Katharina


Migration expert with regional focus on Asia, experienced sociologist with a demonstrated history of working in the academic research industry. Skilled in social research methods with particular focus on qualitative research methodologies, writing and editing. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology from the National University of Singapore and a Master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria). Focus on the study of migration, the migration industry, children&youth,...


  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

    University, Rotterdam, Netherlands



Authors Fiona-Katharina Seiger, Noel B. Salazar, Johan Wets
Year 2020
Book Title Migration at Work Aspirations, Imaginaries & Structures of Mobility
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Migration at Work Aspirations, Imaginaries & Structures of Mobility

Authors Fiona-Katharina Seiger, Christiane Timmerman, Noel B. Salazar, ...
Year 2020
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2 Book

Hosting Migrants in Kyoto City: Different Migrant Cohorts and Mutual Support

Authors Fiona-Katharina Seiger, Atsumasa Nagata
Year 2020
Journal Name Global Perspectives
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3 Journal Article

‘Mixed’ Japanese-Filipino identities under Japanese multiculturalism

Authors Fiona-Katharina Seiger
Year 2019
Journal Name Social Identities
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4 Journal Article


Principal investigator Peter Leitner (Person in charge of the proposal), Diotima Bertel (Coordinating project manager)
Narratives and an understanding of a “common identity” are an effective legitimisation for European integration (Sassatelli, 2015). Furthermore, perceptions, e.g. on human rights and democracy, have an impact on migration (EUMAGINE, policy brief); and feedbacks from migrants back to their country of origin can affect migration both in a positive and negative way (Timmerman, Hemmerechts, & De Clerck 2014b), and, thus, also influence the image or perception of Europe. Migration is caused by a number of push and pull factors – narratives are one part of this. Therefore, the project aims to investigate the different perceptions of Europe, as well as the problems that are caused when expectation and reality do not match, or security problems that might arise from false narratives. The current image of Europe is influenced by a number of imaginations and narratives, and with the ‘Brexit’ vote, the positive idea of the European Union is under re-evaluation within the world. Migration as one of the key challenges in the last years further leads to a re-imagination of the EU. According to Sassatelli (2015), cultural identity is closely connected to various narratives (public, academic, institutional). In addition, normative influences, as identified by Garip and Asad (2013), describe the influence that previous migrants have on migration aspirations of prospective migrants. Furthermore, European identity is still in the making and heavily contested (ibid.) – as e.g. the mentioned “Brexit” vote shows (Cassidy, Innocenti & Bürkner 2018). Much research is carried out around the topic of narratives and European identity; however, most of it is focused on strategies for solidarity, changing the narratives about migration, creating an inter-European narrative and strengthening the cultural identity within Europe (e.g. Cantat 2015; Innocenti 2015; Scuzzarello & Kinnvall 2013). PERCEPTIONS, therefore, aims to support first-line practitioners outside of Europe in counteracting on false narratives and correcting skewed images of the EU.
Year 2019
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Principal investigator Peter Scholten (Project co-ordinator), Asya Pisarevskaya (Project manager), Nathan Levy (Project manager), Adham Aly (Project assistant)
The Migration Research Hub supports the systematic accumulation of knowledge in migration studies. It aims to be the go-to resource for finding knowledge on migration, from the latest literature to the most appropriate topical experts. In the spirit of a collaborative approach to knowledge management in migration studies, researchers from all around the world are invited to contribute with their publications and expertise to further innovation in the field. The taxonomy of migration studies developed through this project allows everyone to identify opportunities for collaboration and new research projects across disciplines and geographies. The systematic approach to data collection and knowledge accumulation promotes and facilitates dialogue between researchers and policy stakeholders, and raises awareness of the latest debates and the most current and emerging questions about migration. The Migration Research hub was built during the IMISCOE-led Horizon 2020 project, CrossMigration (2018-2020). See a list of the team members below. The project is now fully integrated into and maintained by IMISCOE.
Year 2018
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Consanguinity as capital in rights assertions: Japanese-Filipino children in the Philippines

Authors Fiona-Katharina Seiger
Year 2017
Journal Name Critical Asian Studies
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