About

Migration Matters is a non-profit organization that was founded by four women in January 2016 in response to media coverage about the so-called refugee crisis. We are based in Berlin, Germany.

Our team includes two part-time staff (Sophia Burton and Frankie Reid), an executive board (Miriam Aced, Sophia Burton, Karoline Popp), dedicated collaborators we call our “freelance family”, volunteers, and last but not least a wide network of members, advisors, and friends.

Our mission is to support the public in holding more nuanced and evidence-based conversations about migration. We produce bite-sized video series that complicate commonly held preconceptions with original ideas, research, and solutions-oriented perspectives from leading thinkers in the field: researchers, practitioners, as well as migrants and refugees themselves. Our videos are used widely across Europe and beyond in classrooms, teacher and journalist trainings, online journalism, social media campaigns, and advocacy efforts.

Since November 2019 we have been a partner in the “I Am European” project of the EU-funded Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme that aims to raise awareness about migration among youth in eight EU countries. We were part of the groundbreaking Erasmus Plus Virtual Exchange consortium between 2018-2020, are awardees of grants from Advocate Europe and the London School of Economics, and were awarded a 1st place Migration Media Award from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in 2017.

Help us change the debate around migration by informing your family and friends about Migration Matters, sharing our videos, and contributing your questions and ideas for future projects to team@migrationmatters.me. Let’s #rethinkmigration together.

TEAM

Sophia Burton

Sophia is a co-founder and the current Managing Director of Migration Matters whose work lies at the intersection of migration, media, and online education. She has over 10 years of experience in project management, network development, and workshop facilitation. Sophia holds a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University and is a dual German-American citizen. Find her on Twitter at @sophiasmonde.

Frankie Reid

Frankie Reid

Frankie is a Program Manager who joined the Migration Matters team in November 2019. She is interested in migration and forced migration, integration, and education. Originally from the UK, Frankie moved to Berlin in 2017 and previously worked in online education for refugees at Kiron Open Higher Education. She holds a Master’s from the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London. Find her on Twitter at @frankievera9.

Bernadette Klausberger

Bernadette is a media producer who develops innovative projects at the intersection of art and education. Originally from Austria, she studied film production, media science and cultural management in Berlin. She has worked creatively and administratively on films ranging from auteur projects to mainstream entertainment and international co-productions. She served on the Migration Matters Executive Board from 2017-2019 and now works for the organization as a freelance producer.

Karoline Popp

Karoline joined our Executive Board in August 2019 and has more than 12 years of experience in the field of migration. She currently researches German and European migration policy questions at the Expert Council on Integration and Migration in Berlin, having previously worked with the IOM in Geneva and Cairo. Karoline holds degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Find her on Twitter at @KarolinePopp100.

Miriam Aced

Miriam Aced

Miriam joined our Executive Board in December 2020, bringing experience in the fields of anti-discrimination law and policy as well as access to education and work for racialized youth. She currently works at a non-profit developing and enforcing a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. Miriam holds degrees in International Law and International Business from the University of Kent and Heriot-Watt University. Twitter: @Aced_Miriam.

Kelly Miller

Kelly is a co-founder of Migration Matters who served on our Executive Board from 2016-2020 and has worked on numerous Migration Matters video series. She is a techie, translator, and advocate for inclusive societies. Kelly holds degrees in European studies, social anthropology, and interactive technology design and currently works in quality assurance and agile product management. She can be found on Twitter at @kelmarie_miller.

Julia Karmo

Julia is a journalist and founding editor of Migration Matters. Motivated by the acute need to improve the public’s understanding of migration, she initiated the project in 2015, established the first academic partnerships, and led the development of the first three courses on the platform. Julia is now engaged as an ambassador by promoting Migration Matters courses. She can be  found on Twitter at @juliakarmo and contacted at julia.karmo@gmail.com.

Julian van Dieken

Julian is a filmmaker, photographer and media producer based in Berlin. He shoots documentaries, produces educational videos and online courses. He has worked with, besides, and in front of the camera for over 15 years. You can see more of his work at: www.vandieken.com.

THANK YOUS

Our work would not be possible without the help and support of many willing and gracious hands:

Elina Ribakova
Jasmin Stark
Karoline Schulz
Romy St. John
Maja Richtermooc
Justin Wright
Laura Yeffeth
Anna van Odijk
Anna Kleibl
Sarah Brandmeyer
Pamela Fernandez
Sang Eui Lee
David San Milian
Stefan Nielsen
Elisabeth Roura
Livia Shallon
Matthieu Tanguay-Carel
Björn Wengenmeier
Judith Garcia
Gemma Hennesey

…and of course, all those who participated in our course and gave to our original crowd-funding campaign: friends, family, colleagues, supportive strangers who believed in this project from the very beginning.