Institutional Affiliates

Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark (AMID)

AMID is a consortium consisting of researchers at research centers representing three institutions of higher education and two research institutes. The Academy has been established as of January 1, 2001. Aalborg University is the host institution and Professor, Dr. Phil Ulf Hedetoft the Director of the Academy.

AMID is an interdisciplinary research academy devoted to strengthening and upgrading the research-based knowledge and competencies on migration processes, policies and strategies in Denmark, in the context of transnationality and globalization. It is an important aim of the Academy to forge a wider network of collaboration, coordination and information sharing to take in other significant actors, nationally as well as internationally, within the area of research and development dealing with migration and ethnic issues. Fifteen research projects, comprising about 25 researchers on all levels, will be launched within five research areas.

Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN)

The central focus of this project is the long-term role of migration and increased ethno-cultural diversity as major factors in the social transformation of the societies of the Asia-Pacific Region. The aim is to build an international research network which will carry out interdisciplinary research on social and political aspects of international migration and growing ethno-cultural diversity in the region. The project will build research capabilities, develop empirical knowledge, further theoretical and methodological work in the social sciences and provide broadly-based and reliable information and options for policy-makers and immigration authorities at the national and international levels.

Asians in the Americas Working Group (UCLA)

Composed of faculty and students from anthropology, literature, history, library and information studies, urban planning, sociology, and Spanish as well as researchers affiliated with the Asian American, Chicano, and Latin American Studies Centers, the Asians in the Americas Working Group is seeking to create a scholarly research program that connects in an interdisciplinary and comparative manner future research on Asian migrants to Canada, the United States, and Latin America.

California Institute for Rural Studies

The primary mission of the California Institute for Rural Studies is to conduct action-oriented, empirically verifiable research that addresses barriers to sustainable development in rural California and the Central Valley in particular. CIRS has conducted a wide range of research studies that have spanned the issue continuum from natural resource conservation to social justice. Underlying this research orientation is the view of the organization that the trajectory of social, technological, and environmental change in rural California is, in many ways, unsustainable in respect to long-term environmental processes and unjust in respect to the values and expectations of our democracy.

Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) emphasizes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to research on Latin America (plus the Iberian peninsula). CILAS regularly hosts visiting scholars from Asia, Europe, and South America, and pffers research fellowships to UCSD graduate students as well. Its major current initiative is the Project on Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

Center for Migration and Development

The Center for Migration and Development will fulfill several goals. The broadest and most important is to enrich intellectual exchange among faculty and students with interests in international migration. This will be accomplished by (1) providing a venue for regular dialogue about migration and development; (2) sponsoring workshops and lectures on various aspects of international migration; and (3) encouraging collaborative activities with several neighboring institutions (e.g., New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University) where distinguished scholars are conducting innovative research about migration and development. The Center will also build bridges with other programs and field specializations, promote and diversify collaborative research activity about migration and development, maintain a data archive of unique studies about migration and development, and enhance the course offerings for both regular and summer semesters at Princeton University.

Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), founded in New York in 1964, is one of the premier institutes for migration studies in the United States. It is committed to facilitating the study of sociodemographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements. Incorporated in the State of New York in 1969 as an educational non-profit institute, CMS brings an independent perspective to the interdisciplinary study of international migration and refugees without institutional constraints of government analysts and interest groups, or the profit considerations of private research firms. As the only institute in the United States devoted exclusively to understanding and educating the public on the causes and consequences of human mobility at both origin and destination countries, CMS performs a critical function in migration studies as it generates and facilitates the dissemination of new knowledge and the fostering of effective policies.

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD, the largest U.S. program devoted to the study of Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations. Founded in 1979, the Center finds new ways to address old problems by sponsoring major, collaborative research programs in democratic governance, sustainable development and environmental studies, regional integration, migration, and community empowerment. The Center conducts in-house research projects as well as a research seminar series and conferences. It also runs the largest residential fellowship program in the United States for Mexico specialists and a Summer Seminar in U.S. Studies for Latin American scholars.

Centre for the History of Migrants

The Centre for History of Migrants wishes to stimulate historical research on migration and settlement. It collects, stores and discloses archives relevant to this topic. The Centre participates in publications on migration, organizes conferences and exhibitions, and produces educational material for schools.

Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) is based at the University of Oxford and funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). COMPAS aims to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform public opinion, and contribute to policy debates on migration.


International Research Network on Interethnic Politics and Migration. Ethnobarometer is an international research network of social scientists and experts providing reports on inter-ethnic relations and migration flows in Europe. It monitors events, highlights areas of tension and identifies relevant topics for further inquiry. Ethnobarometer seeks to lay out an accurate and objective reading of the issues with a special attention to their social, political and cultural factors as well as to the historical contexts in which they develop, and thus establish the analytical bedrock upon which effective policy can be devised. Through collaboration with other research groups, NGOs and foundations, and through the dissemination of information, Ethnobarometer aims to encourage and support the active participation of civil society.

Eurasylum Ltd

Eurasylum is a UK-based, European research and consulting organization providing policy research and public sector evaluation services dedicated solely to issues of immigration, human trafficking/smuggling and asylum policy in Europe and internationally. Eurasylum is specializing in the analysis of developments affecting policy and legal decisions in the field of asylum determination procedures and immigration control processes internationally. Eurasylum¹s activities are targeted primarily at national Government agencies, the European Commission and international organizations. Eurasylum also offers online information services on Country of origin information, Refugee Convention jurisprudence, and Stowaways.

European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS)

The EFMS is a research institute studying the causes, consequences and broader implications of migration processes with the aim of contributing to an informed discourse on migration and integration in Europe. The EFMS is an academic research center at the University of Bamberg. Its work in the areas of migration, integration and migration policies encompasses research, documentation, consultative services, training and providing information to the public. This requires interdisciplinary and international cooperation as well as the exchange of information between researchers, politicians, administrators, educators, the public and those working in the media. The EFMS seeks to assist in shaping a viable and humane migration policy.

European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER)

ERCOMER is a European research centre with a strong interest in comparative research in the fields of international migration, ethnic relations, racism and ethnic conflict within the European context. It is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. ERCOMER draws its fellows from the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies of Utrecht University, from the Department of Sociology of Nijmegen University, from the Department of Social Psychology, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy of Etvös Llorand University in Budapest and from the Department of Political Science of Stanford University in the United States. An affiliated group of researchers from the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies in Utrecht focuses on family policy and family relations including also ethnic minority families. ERCOMER's core activities are all related to the furthering and dissemination of comparative research in the fields of international migration, ethnic relations, racism and ethnic conflict. Research at ERCOMER is largely, but not exclusively, centered on Europe.

Global Diasporas in Southern California

The Global Diasporas Project proposed by California State University, Dominguez Hills, is part of the Ford Foundation "Crossing Borders" Initiative. The purpose of the Global Diasporas series is to develop new curricula for rethinking and restructuring area and ethnic studies for the coming millennium. The project focuses on the diasporic communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and on indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA)

HIA (initially established as the California-Mexico Health Initiative and renamed in 2007) was created in January 2001 as a program of the University of California (UC) Office of the President. Now a joint program with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the Initiative is a collaborative effort involving government, academia, the private sector, and community-based organizations of participating countries.

The mission of the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) is to coordinate and optimize resources in the United States, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to increase access to and use of health services, expand health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, enhance the cultural competency of health care personnel, and implement innovative strategies to address unmet health needs of the Latino-origin population living and working in the United States.

Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)

Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. The IHRC collects, preserves, and makes available archival and published resources documenting immigration and ethnicity on a national scope. These materials are particularly rich for ethnic groups that originated in eastern, central, and southern Europe and the Near East -- those who came to this country during the great wave of migration that gained momentum in the 1880s and peaked in the first decades of this century.

Immigration Studies @ NYU

Immigration Studies @ NYU is devoted to the scholarly study of immigration with a focus on children, youth and families. It promotes basic research that is comparative, interdisciplinary and longitudinal. Activities include research projects, lectures, publications, and media outreach.

Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES)Universiteit van Amsterdam

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Amsterdam focusing on processes of international migration and societal integration of immigrants and their descendants. The IMES research programme seeks a balance between theory development and empirical research, taking the Dutch case as its point of departure. Given its location in the city centre, IMES also devotes substantial attention on the city of Amsterdam. IMES also puts strong emphasis on the internationalisation of research. It sets up international comparative research projects, if possible in cooperation with counterpart institutions in other countries, and welcomes international visitors. Finally, in its task of disseminating knowledge and training research staff, IMES helps to develop and implement bachelors, masters, Ph.D. and other educational programmes. IMES is the European co-chair of the International Metropolis Network, and coordinator of the EU-sponsored IMISCOE Network of Excellence in the domain of International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (a working partnership of 19 European research institutes).

Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)

The Institute for the Study of International Migration [ISIM] is part of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and affiliated with the Law Center at Georgetown University. ISIM brings the best social science, legal and policy expertise to the complex and controversial policy issues raised by international migration. Staffed by leading experts on immigration and refugee policy, the Institute draws upon the resources of Georgetown University faculty working on international migration and related issues on the main campus and in the law center.

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

IZA is a private, independent research institute, which conducts nationally and internationally oriented labor market research. IZA sees itself as an international research institute and a place for communication between academic science, politics, and economic practice. On a regular basis, IZA offers lectures and seminars in econometrics and labor market economics. The institute also co-organizes the weekly Bonn Economics Research Seminar. Beyond fundamental research, IZA offers policy advice on today's labor market issues and provides relevant information to the general public.

Institute of Migration

The tasks of the Institute of Migration are: 1) to promote the collection, storage and documentation of research material relating to international and internal migration including immigrants and refugees, 2) to carry out and to promote migration research, 3) to publish research reports, books and articles on migration, 4) to develop co-operation between the universities and special organizations related to migration, both within Finland and abroad.


Integration-Net , a bilingual (English and French) site, was created by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as a communications and research tool to support the work of the Canadian settlement community.

International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU)

IBRU works to enhance the resources available for the peaceful resolution of problems associated with international boundaries on land and at sea, including their delimitation, demarcation and management. Since its foundation in 1989 IBRU has built up an international reputation as a source of information and expertise on boundary and territorial issues around the world.

International Community Foundation

Established in 1990, the International Community Foundation is committed to fostering lasting philanthropy to benefit international communities throughout Latin America and the Asia Pacific region in the areas of education, community development, health, the environment and cultural endeavors. Its recent grant awards supported projects in Mexico, China, Ecuador and Canada.

Laboratorio de Estudios Interculturales (LdEI)

The Laboratorio de Estudios Interculturales (LdEI) is a research unit of the University of Granada, Spain. Its basic activities consist of research, training, and teaching on issues related to interculturality and multiculturalism, migration, racism, xenophobia, ethnic conflicts, and nationalism. LdEI's activities are carried out by a multidisciplinary team of eight permanent researchers and by a number of research fellows. LdEI also has a Ph.D. program on intercultural relations, ethnicity, and migration at the University of Granada and maintains the Centro de Documentacion en Interculturalidad, one of Spain's largest documentation centers on migration and intercultural studies.

Migration Policy Institute

The Migration Policy Institute is a leading source of analysis on migration and refugee issues. It bridges the worlds of research and policy-making and brings an informed and independent voice to US and international policy debates. The Institute also houses a number of research projects, addressing such issues as the changing repertory of responses to international humanitarian and refugee issues, citizenship policy, self-governance and management of border areas, policy-making in new countries and cities of immigration; and the effects of welfare reform on immigrants and their communities. Its public education efforts include a series of study groups, policy briefings, seminars, a policy-oriented monograph series, an occasional paper series, and an analytical bulletin, Research Perspectives on Migration.

Pew Hispanic Center

The Pew Hispanic Center was started in July of 2001 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of Latino communities through non-partisan research. The Center will seek widespread dissemination of its findings by the timeliness, quality, and relevance of its research rather than by advocacy. The PHC conducts surveys and basic research and disseminates its own findings as well as important research conducted elsewhere through published reports, conferences, and its web site.

The Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration

The Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration (PCERII) is a consortium of six universities in three provinces: the University of Alberta; University of Calgary; University of Manitoba; University of Regina; University of Saskatchewan; and University of Winnipeg. The Centre brings a multidisciplinary research team of over 140 university-based researchers together in a cooperative arrangement to study different aspects of the complex phenomenon of immigration and immigrant integration into Canadian society. The Prairie Centre's research agenda in the area of immigrant integration covers five broad domains: citizenship and political integration; economic integration; educational integration; health integration; and, social and cultural integration. On the assumption that informed public policy is grounded in research, Prairie Centre researchers' efforts are designed to address policy concerns and yield policy recommendations regarding immigration/integration and intensifying sociocultural diversity in cities.

Refugee Health Research Centre

The Refugee Health Research Centre is an innovative partnership between La Trobe University and the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. The mission of the RHRC is to promote the health and well-being of refugee communities through applied and foundation research, teaching, continuing education, and professional development. There are four priority areas for research; young people, refugee protection, newly emerging communities and service innovation and community strengthening. Due to its close links to the field of refugee policy and practice, the RHRC is well placed to make key contributions to this much needed field of multidisciplinary research and practice.

Refugee Studies Centre

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is part of the University of Oxford's International Development Centre at Queen Elizabeth House. Its objectives are to carry out multidisciplinary research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration; to disseminate the results of that research to policy makers and practitioners, as well as within the academic community; and to understand the experience of forced migration from the point of view of the affected populations.

Research Institute for New Americans (RINA)

Started in 1998, the Research Institute for New Americans is the first research center founded by immigrants to study the immigrants themselves. RINA is an independent think-tank organization producing analytical social surveys. The institute profiles immigrant populations upon their arrival and settlement in the United States. Indeed, the origins of the institute lay in ten years of studies of the values vacuum in the Former Soviet Union. Today, the institute is following a group of 2,500 new Russian immigrants in New York, Philadelphia and Boston as they adapt to and change their environments here in the United States. RINA is also assembling a group of leaders from all religious groups and ethnicities in New York City in order to study the types, growth and problems of a new cohort of leaders.

Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis

RIIM is one of four Canadian research centres dedicated to studying the impact of Canadian immigrants on local economies, the family, educational systems and the physical infrastructure of cities. RIIM concentrates only in Vancouver but has links to all other Metropolis sites in Canada and the rest of the world. This research group based at Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia investigates the impact of immigrants in Vancouver.

Research Programme on Transnational Communities

The Programme will involve about 20 projects which will broaden our understanding of the new and increasingly significant place of globe-spanning social networks in labour, business and commodity markets, political movements and cultural flows. The programme will concentrate on Oglobalisation from below¹ and transnational communities as products of, and catalysts for, contemporary globalisation processes. The social forms, political challenges, cultural resources and group identities generated by the linkage of groups in several geographical locations represent an increasingly important dimension of the shift toward new kinds of cosmopolitanism described in much work on globalisation. It is likely that transnational communities will play an ever more important role in shaping world-wide social, cultural, economic and political processes.

Scalabrini Migration Center

The Scalabrini Migration Center is a research institute established in the Philippines in 1987 to encourage the study of migration in Asia, to contribute to the development of informed policies, and to promote greater solidarity among migrants. SMC publishes the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Asian Migrant, and the web news service Asian Migration News.

The Trans-Border Institute

The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) was founded at the University of San Diego in Fall 1994 thanks to the vision and leadership of former-Provost Sister Sally Furry. The USD Trans-Border institute has two overarching objectives: 1) to promote border-related scholarship, activities, and community at USD, and 2) to promote a positive and active leadership role for USD in the cross-border community in a manner consistent with the nature, mission and values of the University. In order to carry out its mission, the TBI provides information, seminars, intramural funding, and service-learning and internship opportunities.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Immigration Initiative

A group of immigration scholars at UIC are working to develop a Center for Immigration Research that will provide opportunities for intellectual exchange across the disciplines, provide support for disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research projects, pursue external funding, develop educational opportunities for UIC students, and otherwise promote immigration-related scholarship at UIC.