Sonja Nita


  • Sonja Nita
    UNU-CRIS Potterierei 72, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
    +32 50 47 11 03

    Research Interests

    • Circular migration
    • EU immigration and asylum policies
    • Global and regional migration governance


    Master of European Studies, Center of European Integration Studies (ZEI), University of Bonn
    M.A. (German "Diplom"), Poltical Science with minor Law, University of Hamburg

    Biographical Statement

    Sonja Schröder is Project Researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges (Belgium), where she focuses on global and regional migration governance.

    Sonja has been conducting a joint research project with UNESCO on the “free movement of people within regional integration processes”. Through the collection of factual information (treaties, protocols etc.) as well as the analysis of policy instruments and their implementation in the field of migration, this project aims at presenting a clear overview of the current trends in the regional organizations’ approach to free movement of people.

    Since February 2011, she has been coordinating a pilot project in cooperation with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in the framework of the newly established UNU International Institute on the Alliance of Civilizations (UNU-IIAOC). The project deals with the changing nature of international migration with a particular focus on circular migration and its implications for sending and receiving countries as well as migrants and their families.

    Sonja is a graduate in Political Science and Law at the University of Hamburg and holds a Master´s degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn.


    De Lombaerde, P., Macovei, M.C. and Schröder, S., Globalization and the Emerging Regional Governance of Labour Rights, Special Issue of International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32(5): 334-365.

    De Lombaerde, P., Macovei, M.C. and Schröder, S. (2010), Regional Cooperation on Labour Rights and Migrant Workers’ Rights: South America Compared, Special Issue of Revista Educacion Superior y Sociedad, 15(2):193-214.

    Schröder, S. (2008), The 2007-13 EU Cohesion Policy. A new strategic approach by the Commission? ZEI Discussion Paper C 190.

    Niemann, A., Schröder S. and Tunick, M.C. (2008) (eds.): “Recovering from the Constitutional Failure. An Analysis of the EU Reflection Period“. ZEI Discussion Paper C 182.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Regional Cooperation on Labour Rights and Migrant Workers’ Rights: South America Compared
      By: Sonja Schröder, Maria Cristina Macovei and Philippe De Lombaerde