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Academic Research Centers (Locally and Globally)


American Sociological Association Section on International Migration

The purpose of the Section on International Migration is to stimulate, promote, and reward the development of original theory and research on international migration. By providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, the Section aims to contribute to scholarly collaboration and to a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of international migration, including the incorporation of immigrants in receiving societies.

Bildner Center, Mexican Studies Group, City University of New York

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego

The Center is an interdisciplinary, multinational research and training program devoted to comparative work on international migration and refugee movements. Its primary missions are to conduct comparative (especially cross-national) and policy-oriented research, train academic researchers, students, and practitioners, and disseminate research conducted under its auspices to academics, policymakers, and NGOs through research seminars, conferences, publications, the internet, and the mass media. The Center is also committed to actively collaborating with other academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the local community.

Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies (CEMES)

The Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies operated between 1998 and 2002, specializing in policy-relevant research, information and publishing on international migration, ethnic relations and related topics in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. It also provides a European Directory with a large database on human rights and ethnic relations in 30 European countries.

Center on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Institute of Governmental Studies, U.C. Berkeley

The Institute of Governmental Studies stands at the forefront of research, teaching and service in California and American politics and policy. Interdisciplinary and non-partisan, we foster thoughtful discussions of issues across party lines that focus on solutions – not just problems. We engage faculty, research and political practitioners to make a difference in discourse, and in practice. Our mission is anchored by a belief in the transformational power of public service.

Center for Immigration Research-University of Houston

The Center for Immigration Research seeks to study the consequences of current immigration trends in order to inform decision making concerning international and national immigration policies, as well as to disseminate information to local institutions, organizations and policy-makers involved with the settlement and incorporation of America's "new immigrants" into their communities.

Center For Latino Policy Research

The Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at UC Berkeley was founded in 1989 in response to the research and policy challenges of limited educational and economic opportunities facing the Latino/Chicano population. CLPR is committed to sponsoring research efforts that have a direct policy impact on the Latino/Chicano population in the United States.

While CLPR will support policy research in any field in which there is strong faculty or student interest, our current research foci are in the areas of higher education access, migration, and political/civic participation. To this end, CLPR provides training and research opportunities for faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students; disseminates policy-relevant research publications; and conducts outreach meetings for campus faculty and administrators, public officials, non-profit agencies, advocacy groups, and the general public.

Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University

The CMD has become a major source for research, teaching and the public dissemination of knowledge regarding migration and development. The CMD sponsors a wide array of research, travel and conference programs aimed at linking scholars with interests in migration and development.

Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, UC-Irvine

The purpose of the UCI Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy is to foster and conduct basic and policy-relevant research on international migration and other population processes, with a main focus on U.S. immigration. Much of the Center’s research focuses on the multigenerational incorporation experiences of immigrant groups in the United States, especially those occurring in diverse contexts such as Southern California. Investigations of this type often devote as much attention to what happens to the children and grandchildren of immigrants as to what happens to immigrants themselves.

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, U.C. San Diego

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies is based at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) and is a policy research institute. Since 1979, it has been a go-to source for serious academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, informing the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.

European Migration Centre (EMZ)

Includes a statistic database.

European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations

Based in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, this research centre concentrates on comparative research in the fields of international migration, ethnic relations, racism and ethnic conflict within the European context. Especially helpful are the extensive listings and

information available at the WWW Virtual Library on Migration and Ethnic Relations.

The European University Institute in Florence

The European University Institute is under the threefold authority of the High Council, the President of the Institute and the Academic Council.

Forced Migration Innovation Project (FMIP), Southern Methodist University

The Forced Migration Innovation Project (FMIP) seeks to identify ways in which innovation and the private sector enhance refugee livelihoods. The project’s research in the United States will develop a ‘bottom-up’ methodology for facilitating career-laddering opportunities that can be used in practice for resettled refugees. FMIP is a part of the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.

Harvard Migration and Immigrant Incorporation Workshop

The Department of Sociology at Harvard has a rich tradition of fundamental contributions to social science. Whether the grand theory of Talcott Parsons, the social networks of Harrison White, or the urban inequality research of William Julius Wilson, every era in the department’s history has shaped social inquiry on an international scale.

Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

An international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. It maintains archival and library collections, sponsors academic and public programs, and publishes bibliographic and scholarly works.

Immigration Workshop at the University of Chicago

The Migration and Incorporation Workshop provides an interdisciplinary space for graduate students and faculty to engage with scholarship related to international migration and immigrant incorporation. The topics of the workshop include the causes, processes, and individual and societal impact of human migration across international borders, and how immigrants and their descendants are incorporated or become a part of society.

Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is the center for research, teaching and discussion on Latin America at Columbia University. Its main goal is to bring together and provide resources for Columbia faculty, students and visiting scholars, recognizing the diversity of their interests and approaches while strengthening their links with Latin America and with communities of Latin American origin in the United States.

Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), Amsterdam

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Amsterdam which has existed since 1994. The research programme of IMES focuses on the Dutch case with specific attention given to the City of Amsterdam, but from an international and comparative perspective. A UNESCO program of comparison of European cities and the cooperation with Metropolis International are examples of this.

Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

The Institute for the Study of International Migration [ISIM], affiliated with the Law Center at Georgetown University. 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.

International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship

The International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship (ICMEC), based at the New School University, engages in scholarly research and public policy analysis bearing on international migration, refugees, and the incorporation of newcomers.

International Metropolis Project

A network of government agencies and academic research centers that focuses on influencing immigration policy through applied academic research. The site includes a virtual library of research projects down around the world.

International Migration Institute, University of Oxford

Focuses on research and theory about the changing dynamics of global migration.

The International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE)

IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the area of migration and integration. The focus is on comparative research and publications, in the IMISCOE book series as well as in the journal CMS. The annual IMISCOE conferences is a key-moment in the agendas of most migration scholars in Europe. 

Mexican Migration Project

A bi-national research project collecting quantitative and qualitative data on Mexican migration to the United States, and data on those who remain in Mexico. Also see the Latin American Migration Project, an extension of MMP to various Central American and Caribbean nations. Some data is public use.

Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez Kuenzler and Earl A. Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.

Mexico-North Research Network

A non-profit consortium of U.S. and Mexican universities, museums, research institutes, and cultural centers.

Migration Dialog, UC-Davis

Run under the auspices of UC-Davis Professor Philip Martin, this is probably the best resource available on migration to rural America (e.g., migrant farm workers). They also publish the renowned Migration News newsletter which summarizes and analyzes the most important immigration and integration developments every quarter from around the world. These reports are available for free on the website.

Migration Policy Group, Brussels

A leading European policy website. MPG focuses on policy development and research on migration and anti-discrimination.

Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium

Consortium of faculty and graduate students in the Southern California region and beyond working on issues of racial, immigrant, and ethnic politics.

Refugee Council Archive, University of East London, UK

Formerly held by the British Refugee Council, there are approximately 13,000 items in the collection with about 3000 items re-catalogued to date. An online catalogue is available.

Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University

Provides research and publications on issues regarding forced migration.

Social Science Research Council, Border Battles: The U.S. Immigration Debates

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.

Sussex Center for Migration Research, University of Sussex

Provide doctoral and masters-level training in Migration Studies, and also publish the internationally-recognized Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute is headquartered at the University of Southern California. The organization conducts primary and secondary research to advance thinking and knowledge on key issues facing the Latino community.

Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity at Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley

Berkeley Law is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. It is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation.The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.


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