Rueben Korley Okine
Skill acquisition in and with the diaspora? On how Ghanaian International Students organize translocal living in Berlin and Kiel.

Über das Promotionsvorhaben:

Rueben Okine is a PhD candidate with specialisation on the lived experiences of migrant populations and role of the West-African diaspora for socio-economic development. His PhD thesis is on the migration decisions and translocal living experiences of Ghanaian international students in Germany with a focus on Berlin and Kiel. This research adopts qualitative approaches including participant observation and in-depth interviews with over 80 participants consisting of Ghanaian international students and graduates, policy experts, international student directors, diplomatic experts, and student diaspora groups. The aim of the thesis is to explore the intricacies of diaspora group formation by international students and how this process, in turn, shapes their experiences in their respective places of study. Thus, this thesis investigates if and how the diaspora, in this case, the student diaspora groups, acquire new roles and tools as intermediary actors. It also aims to contribute to theoretically by analysing how the motivation to study abroad interacts with everyday living experiences in the respective localities of residence and of contact as well as the particular diaspora community.
Zur Person:

Rueben Okine has been involved in public administration and migration policy development in Ghana. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Leibniz Insitute of Research on Society and Space, Erkner, and at the Technical University of Berlin. He also interned as a Programme Associate at the African Diaspora Policy Centre, The Hague. 

 He has a European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations with studies at the University of Oldenburg (Germany), University of Stavanger (Norway) and University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), and a MA in Migration Studies from the University of Ghana. Rueben also has a BA in Psychology from the University of Ghana, a certificate, and a diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. His research interests are in migration and migration policies, citizenship, international student education, diaspora, intercultural relations, migration and urban regeneration, and international cooperation and development. 



Hillmann, F., Okine, R. K., & Borri, G. (2020). “Because migration begins from the villages”: environmental change within the narrations of the Ewe diaspora. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(16), 39-56.