The world is in motion: people and ideas, products, technologies and diseases are travelling between regions and continents. Cities and cultures as well as family and labour market relations are changing in these processes of globalization. Nation states are less capable to regulate policy areas independently. The movement of people is only one factor among others generating change, but one whose importance will rise over the next years.

Migrants are settling into societies that are themselves transforming. Integration thus becomes a moving target. Everyone needs to be prepared to embrace change. Some migrants will also keep multi-stranded relations with their countries of origin, thereby building transnational spaces; others will after little time move on to third countries. All of them settle into motion.

How can migrants and their receiving and sending countries reap the benefits of this movement of people? Which structural and procedural conditions have to be in place to take advantage of diversity? And what are the challenges for the individual, the migrant family, the regions and countries migrants come from as well as the places of reception? With its Bucerius Ph.D. Scholarship Program “Settling Into Motion”, the ZEIT-Stiftung seeks to address these questions, each year focusing on a different topic.