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Research Centres
In this section, you will find our recommended links to other university-based centres around the world conducting research on migration issues, especially as they relate to development and developing countries. For a more comprehensive, but unnanotated listing go to ERCOMER’s virtual library on migration and ethnic relations:
  The Brookings Institution, USA   more info   go to site
  Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), USA   more info   go to site
  Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), USA   more info   go to site
  Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), UK   more info   go to site
  Centre for Migration Studies (CSER), Italy   more info   go to site
  Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER), UK   more info   go to site
  Centre for Studies on Ethnicity and Migration (CEDEM), Belgium   more info   go to site
  Euro-Meditteranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration   more info   go to site
  European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations   more info   go to site
  Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (FMRS), Egypt   more info   go to site
  Ghana TransNet       go to site
  Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), USA   more info   go to site
  International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, UK   more info   go to site
  Migration Research Network, Australia       go to site
  Migration Resources, European University Institute   more info   go to site
  Public Policy Centre, Romania   more info   go to site
  Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), UK   more info   go to site
  South African Regional Poverty Network (Migration)       go to site
  South Asia Migration Research Network       go to site
  Transnational Communities Programme, UK   more info   go to site

The Brookings Institution, USA
This link is to the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement. The project monitors displacement problems worldwide and aims to work with governments, regional bodies, international organszations and civil society to create more effective policies and institutional arrangements for IDPs. It also convenes international seminars on internal displacement and publishes studies, articles and reports. The website has some policy briefs to download and is also a good place to find official policy statements by the UN, OSCE and other international and regional bodies - in particular by the Representative of the UN Secretary General on Internally Displaced Persons.
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), San Diego, USA
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California-San Diego, conducts basic and policy-oriented research projects on international migration and refugee flows. It aims to illuminate the U.S. immigration experience through systematic comparison with other countries of immigration, especially in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. It's current and future projects include:(i) Diasporic Homecomings: Ethnic Return Migrants in Comparative Perspective (in 2005) (ii) The International Migration of "Traditional Women": Sex Workers, Domestic Workers, and Mail-Order Brides in the Pacific Rim (in 2004); (iii) Reluctant Hosts? Japan as a Recent Country of Immigration in Comparative Perspective (2003); (iv) Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective (2003). The website has a series of working papers that can be downloaded, plus details of anthologies and monographs published. There are also details of visiting fellowships offered by CCIS to pre-doc and post-doc students, plus the CCIS seminar series and conferences.
Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), USA
CMS is an academic research centre for migration studies in the USA looking at the socio-demographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements. Recent research has focused on: the adequacy and quality of U.S. immigration data for policy analysis and evaluation; the adaptation problems of migrant groups to their new environment; and the ethnic factor and the future inequality, to illegal immigration; the historical role of Churches on migration; housing needs for new immigrants; social and labor market incorporation of undocumented aliens in New York; international migration of the highly qualified; migration and world politics; U.S. international refugee policy; and nonimmigrant visa strategies. Publishes the journals: Migration World and International Migration Review. The website also has some working papers and occasional papers to download, but this section does not seem to have been updated for a few years!
Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford, UK

Launched in October 2003 following the completion of the Transnational Communities Programme (see below), COMPAS has five years of funding from the ESRC. Its research programmes will be concerned with key issues surrounding mobility and population movement and will aim to have a direct input into policy debates in the UK and EU. There are five main research programmes under development: (i) Sending Contexts; (ii) Means of Migration; (iii) Integration and Social Change; (iv) The Migration-Asylum Nexus; and (v) Migration Management. The website is still under development and currently has minimal information about the research programmes, but is likely to become a good place to download working papers and find out about new publications, conference and seminars.

Centre for Migration Studies (CSER), Rome, Italy
CSER is Italy's main research centre on migration and was set up to study the sociological, historical, political, theological and pastoral aspects of national and international migration movements. CSER's main research projects are on Italian communities abroad, ethnic groups in Italy and international migration issues. The website gives details of this research (although mainly in Italian) plus lists articles published in 'Studi Emigrazione' (Migration Studies), a journal CSER edits with articles in English and Italian.
Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER), Warwick, UK

The Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) based at the University of Warwick is one of the main academic centres in the Uk for the research and teaching of aspects of race, migration and ethnic relations. CRER researched the experiences of people from minority ethnic groups in the UK and Western Europe and currently focuses on four major themes: (i) Migration and Citizenship; (ii) Economic Change and Racial Discrimination; (iii)Theories of Multiculturalism; and (iv) Ethnic Mobilisation and the Nation State. CRER has a large Resources Centre with material on race and ethnic relations, including lots of grey literature. There is a searchable database online, although documents cannot be downloaded. There are also listing of CRER Research Papers, Policy Papers and Bibliographies, although these must be purchased and are not available online. CRER is a Marie Curie Training Site on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Refugees and also holds a seminar series and occasional conferences.

Centre for Studies on Ethnicity and Migration (CEDEM), Liège, Belgium
CEDM is the main research centre on migration issues in Belgium, focusing mainly on migration policy, ethnic relations and citizenship in Europe and the US. Unfortunately the website is in serious need of an upgrade and is mostly in french. However, if you can find your way around it, you can find details of research projects and listings of working papers and publications (mainly in French, some in English), a few of which can be downloaded.
Euro-Meditteranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM)
CARIM was launched in February 2004 as part of the MEDA programme adopted in Valencia in April 2002, concerning 'cooperation on issues linked to the social integration of immigrants, migration and the traffic of people'. It is financed by the European Commission for an initial period of 3 years. The objective of the Consortium is to offer an instrument for observing, analysing and forecasting migratory movements, their causes and consequences, that originate from, transit through, or are destined for the countries of the Barcelona Process, that is the European Union and the Meditteranean partners: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht
ERCOMER is a European research centre based at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. It conducts comparative research in the fields of international migration, ethnic relations, racism and ethnic conflict within the European context including on issues of integration and exclusion, identity and citizenship and immigrant experiences. ERCOMER also offers an MSc in Comparative Studies of Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism. Most of its publications (reports, staff articles and papers, monographs) are available to download online. It also lists upcoming events organised by partner institutions.
Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (FMRS), American University in Cairo, Egypt
One of the DRC partner organisations, the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (FMRS) Programme has three main axes of research: (i) Forced Migration and Refugees in Urban Centers of the ‘South'; (ii) Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law and Policy in the Arab Middle East; and (iii) Reproductive Health and Urban Refugees. It has done research with forced migrants from the Horn of Africa and Middle East and also specialises in forced migration policy analysis. With funding from the Ford Foundation, FMRS has established a one-year graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. The website has details of the research projects, the diploma and other courses and also has a number of working papers and research reports available to download.
Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University, USA

ISIM works on a number of 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. It currently has three main research programmes: (1) Immigration and Integration of Immigrants (including work on transnationalism and development in Central America and the Caribbean; women and migration; immigration and integration policy in the US and globally, remittances, separated, unaccompanied and trafficked children); (2) Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies (including work on temporary protection and post-conflict reintegration and reconstruction); and (3) Human Rights. The Publications section of the website has a number of working papers and articles listed, many of which can be downloaded. ISIM also edits the journal International Migration.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) UK

IASFM brings together academics, practitioners and decision-makers working on forced migration issues. It organises biennial conferences on forced migraion issues. The specific aims of the association are: (i) To advance scholarly knowledge of forced migration; (ii) to advance the understanding of appropriate and effective practice concerning forced migration; (iii) to facilitate networking and better communication among those involved with refugee and other forced migrant issues; and (iv) to disseminate scholarly and practical information concerning forced migration.

Migration Resources, European University Institute

MigRes is an initiative by Professor Virginie Guiraudon, European University Institute. The website offers descriptions and links for national and international institutions working with immigration, a list of journals on immigration, a selection of syllabi contributed by various professors from different fields as well as a directory of scholars from both Europe and North America who currently work on immigration.

Public Policy Centre, Romania
The Public Policy Centre was established in 1998 as a program of the Open Society Foundation, Romania, and functioned as a non-registered independent think tank. The mission of the Public Policy Centre is to contribute to the improvement of public policy by conducting independent research, enhancing the information flow, and facilitating policy debate among various policy stakeholders. A new publication is New Patterns of Labour Migration in Central and Eastern Europe, which comprises articles presented at the seminar entitled New Patterns of Labour Migration in Central and Eastern Europe, organized by the Public Policy Centre in Cluj Napoca, between 15 - 19 July 2004. The thirty-five participants from fourteen Central and Eastern European countries included academics, practitioners, and NGO researchers.
Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford, UK
The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at Oxford University conducts multidisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of forced migration around three themes: (i) Forced migration, global economy and governance; (ii) The Experience and Management of Displacement; and (iii) Institutional and Normative Responses to Forced Migration. It publishes a Working Paper Series which can be downloaded for free from the website, plus a book series 'Studies on Forced Migration'. It also sponsors the Journal for Refugee Studies and jointly produces the journal Forced Migration Review (see journals page) as well as looking after the online library Forced Migration Online (see libraries page). The RSC offers a 9 month MSc in Forced Migration, a summer school on Forced Migration and Humanitarian Assistance and a variety of short courses and visiting fellowships on forced migration for policy makers and practitioners. It also runs a seminar series each academic term.
Transnational Communities Programme, Oxford, UK
This ESRC-funded programme ran from 1997-2002 and looked into the human dimensions of globalisation and aspects of emerging transnationalism - the new and increasingly significant place of globe-spanning social networks in labour, business and commodity markets, political movements and cultural flows. Research focused on 4 themes: (i) New Approaches to Migration (Comparative Diasporas, Transversal Migration, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers); (ii) Economics (Global Economic Networks, Transnational Corporations, Transnational Household Strategies); (iii) Politics (Global Political Networks; City, Region, National and Supra-National Policies; Gender, Communities and Power); and (iv) Society and Culture (Social Forms and Institutions, Cultural Reproduction and Consumption, Transnational Religious Communities). Although the programme has now ended, the website is still up and running and all the working papers and briefing are still available to download free of charge. There are also some useful study guided/bibliographies online organised by national or ethnic origin of migrant groups.
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