International Migration Institute
The International Migration Institute was established in 2005 and funding from the School ended in 2015. The following page is an archived resource
We are investigating the way that human mobility is changing the face of global society. Our research aims to provide an understanding of who is migrating, where to, why, and what impacts these movements have on both receiving countries and societies left behind.
The movement of people has always played a central role in global processes of social, economic and political change. But, as international migration becomes more complex, it raises new intellectual and practical challenges for humanity in the twenty-first century.
We pioneer new theoretical and methodological approaches, working with researchers and policy-makers in the global South and North. Our aim is to advance understanding of the multilayered forces driving current and future migration processes.
- African Migrations: aims to improve the understanding of migration patterns within, to and from Africa over time. We are establishing a hub that connects researchers across the continent. The Institute works with African researchers and universities to support research and to improve research capacity.
- Migration and Development: researches the many facets of the migration–development nexus. The focus is on understanding the structural and policy factors that explain why migration has more positive development outcomes in some places, and more negative outcomes in others.
- Migration and Environment: looks to improve understanding of the relationship between the environment and migration. Long-term climate change and its varied impacts on local environmental conditions are likely to affect global migration patterns, although their actual impacts are the subject of much debate.
- Migration Futures: seeks to elaborate scenarios for the future of global migration, in which creative thinking about unexpected changes in the structural factors driving migration occupies a central place. The aim is to inform policy makers and researchers, who are currently ill-prepared for future global migration trends primarily because of a limited insight into he factors driving migration processes.
- Migration Policies and Governance: looks to address key questions around the regulation of migration, such as how do migration policies interact with migration flows, trade, aid, taxation, security and welfare; and why do policy outcomes often fail to match stated policy objectives?
- Rethinking Migration Theory: attempts to analyse the evolution of migration processes, integrating sending, transit and receiving contexts. This allows us to achieve a deeper understanding of past and present migration dynamics and their interaction with broader global transformation processes.
- Transnationalism and Diasporas: focuses on the role of migrant and diaspora organisations in the development of origin countries; the evolution of transnational migrant organisations; and the impact of diasporas in shaping identities, clashing with other diasporic and local identities and connecting home and host societies.
"Behind the headlines: investigating the drivers and impacts of global migration" with Dr Hein De Haas
"The migrant and refugee crisis" - A panel discussion on responses and solutions
"Does cultural diversity boost innovation?" with Prof Jacques Poo
The Global Governance of International Migration: What Next?
UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
Backlight Talks: Ian Goldin
Why do people migrate?
Will climate change cause mass migration?
What drives human migration?
Migration and misconceptions
Changing attitudes to migration
The Gravity of High-Skilled Migration Policies
Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa
The Effect of Visa Policies on International Migration Dynamics
Compiling and coding migration policies
Uncovering international migration flow data
Understanding the political success of the Golden Dawn in Greece
Are unequal societies more migratory?
Relaunching migration systems
Drivers and dynamics of internal and international remittances
Migration and Development on the South-North Frontier
Creating the Future Economy- WEF Summer Davos 2012
Migration And Economic Growth
Conceptualizing semi-legality in migration research
Exploring migration in the Horn of Africa
Migration and revolution
Critical approaches to transit migration
Anthology on Migrant Remittances and Development
Global migration futures
Africa-based migration research
Global megatrends in migration
The future of migration in Europe
Non-migrant, sedentary, immobile, or ‘left behind’?
The role of internal and international relative deprivation in global migration
On the Move: the Migration Imperative
The Migration of Power and North-South Inequalities
Exploring the Future of Migration
Structure and Agency in Migration Theory
Migration processes: A theoretical inquiry
The environmental factor in migration dynamics – a review of African case studies
Migration transitions: a theoretical and empirical inquiry into the developmental drivers of international migration
Migration, Diasporas and Development: Some Critical Perspectives
The Creolization Reader: Studies in Mixed Identities and Cultures
South-South Migration and Human Development: Reflections on African Experiences
Mobility and Human Development
The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World
The Myth of Invasion: The inconvenient realities of African migration to Europe
Global Diasporas: An Introduction
Migration and Development: A theoretical perspective
Researching refugees: lessons from the past, current challenges and future directions
Engaging diasporas: How governments and development agencies can support diaspora involvement in development of origin countries
Ethnicity and Globalization: From Migrant Worker to Transnational Citizen
Theories of Migration
Cambridge survey of world migration