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Susanne Willers is a trained sociologist and migration scholar. She studied sociology, political sciences and anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM-I) in Mexico-City. She obtained a PhD in Social Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with her thesis “Transnational Migration, Gender and Violence: Experiences of Central American Women in Transit through Mexico” which was awarded the distinction of the Cathedra Jorge Durand. She has been a member of the Research Group of the Seminar of the Study of Displacement, Migration, Exile, Repatriation (SUDIMER) and “Between two fronts. Transit Migrants confronting violence in Mexico” of the CIESAS in Mexico-City. She has conducted research on transit migration, transnational communities, and transnational families in Germany, Mexico, Central America, and the United States. She is an associated researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute in Freiburg, member of IMISCOE and member of the Network of Forced Migration studies (Netzwerk Fluchtforschung). Her research interests are transit migration and forced migration processes, gender, transnational families, and care as well as the access to rights for refugees.