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

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.


Sophia Burton

Sophia is a co-founder and the managing director of Migration Matters whose work lies at the intersection of migration, media, and online education. She has over 12 years of experience in project management and network development and previously worked at Mediendienst Integration and Kiron Open Higher Education. Sophia holds a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University. Find her on Twitter at @SophiaKBurton.

Bernadette Klausberger

Bernadette is a film and media producer who develops innovative projects at the intersection of art and education. Originally from Austria, she studied film production at the dffb in Berlin, as well as media studies and cultural management. In collaboration with artists and scholars, she works on new ways to tell stories and effectively engage audiences. She served as executive board member from 2017-2019 and now works as a freelance producer and creative director for Migration Matters.

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 and freelance producer. She can be found on Twitter at @juliakarmo and contacted at julia.karmo@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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
Frankie Reid
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.