Migration Matters is a non-profit organization that was founded in January 2016 by Julia Karmo, Sophia Burton, Kelly Miller, and Elina Ribakova in response to media coverage about the so-called refugee crisis.

Our team includes an executive board (Sophia Burton, Kelly Miller, and Karoline Popp), dedicated contributors and collaborators, alumni “ambassadors”, supporting members of our organization, and last but not least a wider network of advisors and friends.

We are part of the groundbreaking Erasmus Plus Virtual Exchange consortium, awardees of grants from The London School of Economics and Advocate Europe and a 1st place winner of the 2017 Migration Media Award from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.

Our mission is to empower the public to have more nuanced and evidence-based conversations about migration. We produce bite-sized video courses 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.

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 course topics to team@migrationmatters.me. Let’s #rethinkmigration together.


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 holds 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.

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.

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 freelancer producer.

Frankie Reid

Frankie Reid

Frankie joined the Migration Matters team in November 2019 as Research and Production Assistant. 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.

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.


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.