How Migration Really Works

August 19, 2024DR Koncerthuset Copenhagen
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Doors open: 19:00
Start programme: 19:30
DR Koncerthuset
Ørestads Blvd. 13

Science & Cocktails is proud to present an episode with Hein de Haas, world-renowned sociologist and geographer, Professor at the University of Amsterdam and co-director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, who researches and demystifies the global phenomena of migration. All this just after Lueenas presents unique soundscapes created through improvisation, experimentation and influenced by jazz, pop, electronic, and post-classical music.

As debates on immigration have reached fever pitch, so has political and media fearmongering. But what are the facts behind the headlines? Is global migration at an all-time high? What are the main changes in global migration patterns? What are the main driving forces of migration? Will climate change lead to mass migration? Why do border restrictions fail to stop migration?

Drawing on three decades of scientific research, migration expert Hein de Haas destroys the myths that politicians, interest groups, and media spread about immigration. Ultimately, de Haas shows migration not as a problem to be solved, nor as a solution to a problem, but as it really is.

Event held in English with the generous support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


  • 20:00–   20:45
  • 21:15–   22:30
    Hein de Haas– 
  • 22:30–   23:30

Talk by

Hein de Haas

Hein de Haas is a sociologist and a geographer who has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Morocco and the United Kingdom. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Between 2006 and 2015, he was a founding member and co-director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. He continues directing IMI from its current home at UvA. He is also Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Maastricht.

In his work, De Haas has advanced a new, long-term view of migration as an intrinsic part of global change and development. He is lead author of The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, a seminal textbook in the field of migration studies. His new book How Migration Really Works: A Factful Guide to the Most Divisive Issue in Politics was published by Penguin in November 2023 (US edition with Basic Books) and is coming out in nine translations.

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Music by


Since 2019, Lueenas has quickly established herself as a new fresh voice in the Danish film scene. They rebel against the idea of ​​the composer as a solo genius, and have, as the first in DK, created a "film score band" that insists on collaboration as a vital part of their composition process. A process that involves thorough experimentation with the limits set by their stringed instruments and playing with the boundaries between acoustic, amplified and electronic sound sources as an important part of their process.

In the past year, they have made works for the National Museum, feature films for Nordisk Film and several series for DR, and worked with some of Copenhagen's unique figures in film production. Tone Ottilie, Martin De Thurah, on the film Baby Pyramid by Cecilie McNair - for which they were nominated for a Robert and most recently they were nominated for a Carl Prisen as composers of the year.

The self-titled album, Lueenas from November 2022 which was released on the Copenhagen Label Barkhausen Recordings - is their first release made without a visual companion. Created over a year of improvised sessions, and influenced by their involvement in other projects across pop, jazz, electronic, experimental and post-classical music, Maria Jagd and Ida Duelund have created the unique soundscapes that make up their self-titled debut.

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