Research Centres


Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK

COMPAS was launched with the mission to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration. The centre’s research is grouped around four inter-related thematic clusters: The dynamics of migration, migrants and labour markets, migration, the state and governance and migrants, civil society and everyday life.
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Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations
(CEIFO), Stockholm University, Sweden
The centre is an inter-disciplinary research unit at Stockholm University. Its principal aim is to coordinate and develop research in the field of international migration and ethnic relations.
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Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (DRC),  University of Sussex, UK
DRC was established as a partnership between institutions in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. DRC aims to promote new policy approaches that will help to maximise the potential benefits of migration for poor people, whilst minimising its risks and costs.
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European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER)
, University Utrecht, Netherlands
ERCOMER has a network of migration researchers with three Dutch universities, and different institutions in various countries. ERCOMER focuses their research on four main topics: Migration and migrants, immigrants and minorities in (host) societies, cultural differences and (host) society's responses: solidarity, exclusion, nationalism and ethnic conflict.
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Forced Migration Online (FMO), University of Oxford, UK
FMO provides access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide. FMO aims to give comprehensive information and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users. This system is designed to help users locate reliable information efficiently in the Internet environment. The site contains a digital library with full text documents, a geographical and thematic research guide and an organised directory for key organisations in the forced migration field.
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Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
IMES is an interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on international migration and the integration of immigrants and their descendants in host societies in a comparative perspective. Research projects revolve around themes such as transnationalism, religious diversity, multicultural democracy, radicalization, labour & entrepreneurship, generational change and urban public space.
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International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford, UK
IMI is committed to developing a long-term and comprehensive perspective on international migration processes seen as part of broader processes of global change and development. Hence, IMI work with researchers and policy-makers in the global South and North, IMI contributes to new theoretical and methodological approaches to migration research.
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Nordic Migration Research (NMR), University of Copenhagen, DK
The aim of NMR is to establish a Nordic Research Network for international migration and ethnic relations (IMER), which will provide comprehensive knowledge for academics, policy makers and public.
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Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, UK
RSC has won an international reputation as the leading multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration. The philosophy of RSC is to combine world-class academic research with a commitment to improving the lives and situations for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people. RSC carry out multidisciplinary research including policy-relevant work on the causes and consequences of forced migration with an emphasis on understanding the experiences of forced migration from the point of view of affected peoples.
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Sussex Centre for Migration Research , University of Sussex, UK
Sussex centre for Migration research seek to influence both understanding of migration and the policies that affect migrants through interdisciplinary research. The centre participates in large externally funded research programmes such as DRC migration, globalisation and poverty, and MAFE migration between Africa and Europe.
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Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California San Diego, US
CCIS aim to understand the challenges and opportunities created by international migration to California, the United States as a whole, and other countries around the world. Substantial attention is given to migrant-sending and receiving countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.
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Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University, US
ISIM focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. ISIM also studies internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people for reasons that would make them refugees if they crossed an international border.
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The Middle East

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), American University in Cairo, Egypt
CMRS is a regional centre that encompasses all forms of international mobility, whether voluntary or forced, economic or political, individual or collective, temporary or permanent. CMRS aims to fill the knowledge gap about migration in the Middle East and Africa.
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Institute for Migration Studies (IMS), Lebanese American University, Lebanon
IMS is interdisciplinary, research-based, educationally minded, policy-driven and network-oriented. IMS research is focused on the study of migration and its various impacts on Lebanon, and other countries in the region and worldwide.
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Migration Research Program(MIReKoc), Koc University, Turkey
MiReKoc was established with the aim of developing the research capacity to address migration issues in Turkey. MiReKoc provide an institutionalised hub for Turkey-related migration research in Turkey and elsewhere. The research of MiReKoc projects range from causes and consequences of international migration and transnationalism to the integration of migrants in various receiving settings; from brain drain to forced migration and the migration-citizenship nexus.
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Refugees & Displaced Persons & Migration Center, Yarmouk University, Jordan
The aim of the centre is to stimulating multidisciplinary researches and studies relating to refugees, displaced persons and victims of forced migration. The centre also have strong working relations with similar centers, and concerned local, regional, international institutions, and organisations such as the Refugee Studies Center (RSC); University of Oxford, UK, UNHCR, UNRWA, UNESCO and UNICEF. In addition, the Center has active contacts with the Center for Refugee Studies, York University; Canada, International Information Center for Human Rights, Chicago, USA; and the International Organization for Migration, IOM; Geneva.
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