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Non-Government Organisations and Institutes

In this section, you will find links to key NGOs, NGO networks and independent institutes and thinktanks around the world conducting research, policy analysis and advocacy on migration issues. For a more comprehensive, but unannotated listing of refugee and migrant support and advocacy NGOs plus policy institutes, try the Electronic Immigration Network

  European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)   more info   go to site
  Human Rights Watch (HRW)   more info   go to site
  International Centre for Migration and Health       go to site
  International Network on Displacement and Resettlement   more info   go to site
  Migrants Rights Network       go to site
  Migration Policy Group (MPG), Brussels, Belgium   more info   go to site
  Migration Policy Institute (MPI), US   more info   go to site
  Overseas Development Institute       go to site
  The Refugee Council, UK   more info   go to site
  Refugees International, USA   more info   go to site
  Refugee Net   more info   go to site
  Southern African Migration Project (SAMP)   more info   go to site
  US Committee for Refugees (USCR)   more info   go to site
www.december18.net       go to site

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
ECRE aims to promote the protection and integration of refugees in Europe and is an umbrella organisation of 78 refugee-assisting agencies in 31 countries working towards fair and humane policies for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. It engages in advocacy work primarily on EU asylum policies and practices. It publishes a range of research and policy papers with analysis and recommendations on various aspects of EU asylum policy including integration, rights, return, legal aid, benefits.
Human Rights Watch
As part of its broader human rights agenda, Human Rights Watch engages in advocacy on refugee issues. Its website has a variety of reports, backgrounders and other documents about the situation of refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers in both northern and southern countries that can be downloaded directly from the website. It also has a refugee news section by region/country.
International Network on Displacement and Resettlement
This is a global network of research and practitioners (in universities, development agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations) working in the field of population displacement and resettlement, especially on issues of development-induced displacement - including those involved in crafting policies and mitigation methods, conducting research and developing theoretical models to mitigate the damages to these victims. The website does not seem to be fully developed, but has a brief summary of and links to the policy frameworks on involuntary displacement resettlement of international organisations like the World Bank and links to a variety of organisations and projects working on these issues.
Migration Policy Group (MPG), Brussels, Belgium

The Migration Policy Group (MPG) is an independent organisation committed to policy development on migration and mobility, and diversity and anti-discrimination in Europe by facilitating the exchange between stakeholders from all sectors of society. Its 'Policy Monitors' section contains summaries and analysis on progress with various areas of migration policy at national level and European Community level e.g. asylum, illegal immigration, family reunion, racism and xenophobia, visas and border controls, anti-discrimination legislation. It also produces the monthly 'Migration News Sheet', which covers all major European developments in the fields of immigration and asylum policies, asylum-seekers, controlled migration, irregular and illegal immigration, racism and xenophobia, and issues arising out of the process of integrating ethnic minorities. You can sign up to this on the website. MPG's publications section also contains a number of reports and articles on these issues which can be downloaded.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI), US
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI aims to provide analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. MPI's work is organized around four research themes: (1) Migration Management; (2) Refugee Protection and International Humanitarian Response; (3) North American Borders and Migration Agenda; and (4) Immigrant Settlement and Integration. Its website describes the aims and details of these research programmes, has a (relatively limited) news sections on migration policy developments worldwide (mainly US and EU) and a publications section organised by year, where short articles can be viewed online and policy briefs and longer reports can be donwloaded. It also manages Migration Information Source (see online data sources section).
The Refugee Council, UK
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with refugees and asylum seekers. It provides a variety of practical information and documentation in 12 languages directly for refugees and asylum seekers and for organisations and advisers working with refugees and asylum seekers. It also publishes briefings, research reports, policy papers and commentary on different asylum issues and policies and the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, which can either be downloaded or ordered from the website.
Refugees International, USA
American Refugee Advocacy organisation producing op-eds, articles and reports on crisis- and refugee-related issues ranging from humanitarian relief, child soldiers and reconciliation to IDPs, refugee protection and repatriation. American-style advocacy, but publishes quite frequently in the US media, so useful for those who want to examine advocacy in the US.
Refugee Net
Refugeenet was the website of the EU Networks on Reception, Integration and Voluntary Repatriation of Refugees, which was funded by the European Commission until 2000. It aimed to develop networks on refugee integration themes such as education, language, vocational training, health, reception and voluntary return. The website still contains a few publications on these themes which are available to download plus references to books which can be purchased.
Southern African Migration Project (SAMP)
The Southern African Migration Project is a multi-faceted research, policy and training programme designed to facilitate the formulation and implementation of new initiatives on cross-border population migration in the region. The Project, which began in May of 1996, is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). SAMP has four main components: applied migration research, policy advice and monitoring, migration training and public education. During the period 1996-99, the primary focus was on cross-border migration to South Africa. However, from 2000, the program has acquired a more regional character.
US Committee for Refugees (USCR)
The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) publishes the Annual World Refugee Survey, a report reviewing refugee conditions and government policies affecting refugees and displaced persons in 134 countries worldwide. You can download the latest country reports and statistics from the 'Worldwide Refugee Information' section of the website (both country of origin and settlement). You can also find links to news articles and reports by country or issue. This is a very good starting point for basic information on refugee issues and conditions by country of origin and settlement.
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