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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

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)

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

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

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.

Transnational Communities, ESRC Project, Oxford University, UK
The Traces world news digest is particularly good for material.

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

Wisconsin Migration Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Immigration Workshop - Berkeley, CA 94720