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DOMiD | Documentation centre and Museum of Migration in Germany

DOMiD collects and conserves material which documents migration history. We believe this perspective can provide a basis for developing a shared, transcultural identity.

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Virtual Migration Museum

Discover exciting objects that reveal more about the history of immigration in Germany. Understand the change of the immigration society by traveling through three time levels.

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#Meinwanderungsland Grafik

Every story counts

We collect stories of the migration society according to the motto "Each story counts". The immigration history is part of many things of our everyday life. How does migration affect our lives? Tell us your Story!

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Central Migration Museum

DOMiD's central goal is the establishment of a central migration museum. The history of our migration society is to be told by multi-facetted perspectives.

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DOMiD supports "The Many"

DOMiD is a co-signer of the NRW declaration of the association "The Many" (Die Vielen). The aim is to work together for an equal and open society.

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News & Events

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    DOMiD supports "The Many" (Die Vielen)

    DOMiD is a co-signer of the NRW declaration of the association "The Many". The many - under this name, actors from the arts and culture have come together since its founding in 2017 in order to show an attitude together.

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  • News, Digital offer

    Available 24/7: The Virtual Migration Museum

    Our digital offer in the form of the Virtual Migration Museum is available free of charge at any time.

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  • Photo: Daniele Levis Pelusi on unsplash


    DOMiD office closed for visits

    Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our office will remain closed for an indefinite period.

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30 years DOMiD

On our special page "30 Years DOMiD" we present a small insight into our club history. Everyone who has worked with us in the past 30 years is also invited to submit their DOMiD story to us. Our special page is rounded off with a look at migration history in Germany with the motif series "Migration history in pictures".

What is your DOMiD story?

Everyone who has worked with us over the past 30 years is welcome to submit their DOMiD story to us. What moved you?

Special page 30 years of DOMiD

Migration history in images

  • Korean nurse hood. Photo: DOMiD Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Invisible Caretakers – labor migration of women in Germany

    Labor migration is often associated with male migrants, when in fact, female migrants represent a remarkable amount of the workforce, e.g. in the health sector. This article describes the roles of migrant women using the example of Korean nurses.

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  • Motif series "Migration history in images"

    “Guest worker” music between self-empowerment and commercial success

    In addition to working in Germany, music and culture were important components of their free time for many migrant workers. In the current online story, we deal with music interacting with political engagement.

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  • Photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Recruiting “guest workers” ("Gastarbeiter")

    “Guest workers” ("Gastarbeiter") - this problematic term was used to designate foreign workers who were only supposed to work in Germany for a short time. In the German Liaison Office in Istanbul, these boards advertised job seekers.

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Our collection

Foto: Dietrich Hackenberg/DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

Foto: Dietrich Hackenberg/DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

DOMiD collects and conserves materials which document migration history. Furthermore, we believe it is our duty to research and present the history of migration in Germany to a wide audience. In addition to our museological and archival work, we organize events, conferences and talks. Our goal is to convey that migration is a normal part of the human history. We believe this perspective can provide a basis for developing a shared, transcultural identity.

Found some treasures in your attic or basement?

If you are in possesion of material that you think may be relevant to migration history, we would love to hear from you! Become a donor.

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Dr. Mark Terkessidis
Right from the beginning DOMiD has told the story of immigration in a new way - as the story of acting people, not as the story of problems. So who would be more suitable to design the Museum of Migration?
Dr. Mark Terkessidis, Migration researcher / freelance author / advisory board member DOMiD

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