Think Tanks & Academia

Links to Academic Agencies

Below you can find a collection of links to Academic Agencies with more information. Feel free to send us your own useful links so this list becomes as complete as possible.


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Makerere University Refugee Law Project

Our Vision: that all people in Uganda enjoy their human rights, irrespective of their legal status. This vision is supported by relevant international laws as well as the Constitution of Uganda. Our Mission: to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities in Uganda to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.

International Detention Coalition (IDC)

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a not for profit network organisation based in Melbourne, Australia with a membership base of 300 non-governmental organisations, faith-based groups, academics, practitioners and individuals working in 50 countries globally. Coalition members research, advocate and provide direct services to and on behalf of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. The IDC is funded by the generous support of philanthropic organisations and individuals worldwide

Oxford Journal of Refugees Studies UK

Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) provides a forum for exploration of the complex problems of forced migration and national, regional and international responses. The Journal covers all categories of forcibly displaced people.

Global Migration Governance project

Department of Politics and International Relations

The Global Migration Governance project (GMC) fosters scholarship and debate on the international politics and global governance of migration, and acts as a central focus for wider work within Oxford’s various migration research centres.

The project aims to understand the nature of migration as a global political issue, the reasons for and consequences of the current fragmented governance structures, and the barriers to and impetuses towards inclusive multilateral governance.

International Migration Institute

Oxford, UK

The International Migration Institute (IMI) was established in 2006. It is a member of the Oxford Martin School and also forms part of the Oxford Department of International Development, where it is based.

Its work is to complement a number of other institutes within the Oxford Martin School which bring interdisciplinary research to bear on the problems and opportunities of the 21st century. The School is funded by the generous benefaction of Dr James Martin, one of the world’s leading figures in information technology.

The Humanitarian Futures Programme

King’s College, London

The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) is committed to enabling those with humanitarian responsibilities to effectively manage the potential consequences of a much more complex and uncertain future.

Forced Migration Review


Forced Migration Review (FMR) has become the most widely read and consulted publication on refugee and internal displacement issues. It provides a unique global forum for sharing information, experience and policy recommendations among practitioners, policy makers, researchers and displaced people.

Forced Migration Online UK

Forced Migration Online (FMO) provides online access to a diverse range of resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide. By bringing together this collection of useful and time-saving resources, our primary aim is to support and facilitate research and policy making in the field.

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA)    

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), established in 2000, is a coalition of U.S. non-governmental organizations focused on refugee protection.  RCUSA provides advocacy on issues affecting the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture in the United States and across the world. 

Swiss Forum for Population and Migration Studies


Swiss Forum for Population and Migration Studies (SFM) is affiliated to the Center for the Understanding of Social Processes of the University of Neuchâtel. SFM is a partner of the Research Network: International Migration Integration Social Cohesion.

Danish Institute for International Studies

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is an independent research institution for international studies, financed primarily by the Danish state. DIIS carries out research and analysis on a wide range of issues within the areas of globalisation, security and development.

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa.

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), formerly known as the National Consortium for Refugee Affairs, is a registered Non Profit Organisation tasked with promoting and protecting refugee and migrant rights. It is comprised of a number of member organisations including legal practitioners, research units, and refugee and migrant communities.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration 




The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration( ASF)  brings together academics, practitioners and decision-makers working on forced migration issues.

Global Migration Forum

Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a recent initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways.

Centre for Refugees Studies

York University, Canada

The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) is an organized research unit of York University. Founded in 1988, (CRS) is a successor to the Refugee Documentation Project created in 1981 for the conservation and analysis of research documents and data collected by Operation Lifeline during the Indochinese Boat People crisis.

International Development Research Centre  Canada

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

Centre for Gender and Refugees Studies  University of California, Hastings College of the Law

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is the nation’s leading organization supporting women asylum-seekers fleeing gender related harm, at both the practice and policy levels. CGRS works to impact the development of law and policy to protect women fleeing gender-based violence.

Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS)

 Northwestern University

The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (CFMS) sponsors and facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. Its activities promote dialogue on international affairs thereby enriching the educational program at Northwestern University.

The Inter-University Committee on International Migration


Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration IUCIM) has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston University, Brandeis University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of the Center for International Studies (CIS). 

Centre d'Études de I' Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM)

Université de Liége, Belgium

Created in 1995, the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Migration (CEDEM) is an Interfaculty centre aimed at undertaking theoretical or empirical research in the areas of human migration, ethnic relations and racism. The centre’s interests include the relationship between migration processes and uneven development. Its research is conducted in a multidisciplinary perspective involving the departments of political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations and law.

The Brookings Institution

Brookings LSE Project on Internal Displacement, USA

The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement monitors displacement problems worldwide, promotes the dissemination and application of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, works with governments, regional bodies, international organizations and civil society to create more effective policies and institutional arrangements for IDPs, convenes international seminars on internal displacement, and publishes major studies, articles and reports.

Euro-Meditteranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM)

The Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM) was created at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence) in 2004 and is co-financed by the European Commission, DG AidCo, under the Thematic programme for cooperation with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum.

CARIM aims to observe, analyse, and forecast migration in Southern & Eastern Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Countries (hereafter the Region).

Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative
Humanities Institute of Ireland

University College, Dublin

The Migration & Citizenship Research Initiative (MCRI) is located in the Humanities Institute of Ireland at UCD. It is a multi-disciplinary, cross-university and cross-sector research infrastructure and network that supports critically engaged research at national and international levels.

Migration and Diaspora Studies (MDS)

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

The Migration and Diaspora Studies(MDS)  aims to foster and promote a supportive research and teaching environment for scholars concerned with issues of migration and diaspora, drawing on the skills and expertise of academics situated in disciplines such as anthropology, history, development studies, politics, religion, music and art history. The Centre covers not only the traditional SOAS heartlands of Asia and Africa, but also issues of migration and diaspora in Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

Centre for Migration Research

Warsaw University, Poland

The Centre of Migration Research (CMR) is an interdisciplinary inter-faculty research unit of the University of Warsaw, specialising in studies on migration processes in Poland and in Europe.

International Migration Research Unit

Universidad de Deusto, Spain 

The research group International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) at the University of Deusto is part of the European Network of Excellent International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe.


Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES)

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands 

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) is a multidisciplinary and interfaculty research centre that focuses on international migration and the integration of immigrants and their descendants in host societies in a comparative perspective. IMES is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

Migrants Rights International (MRI)

Geneva, Switzerland 

Migrants Rights International (MRI) is a non-governmental organization and federation of migrants’ and migrants’ rights organizations, trade unions and faith-based groups within the various global regions promoting and defending the human rights of migrants. 

European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS)

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

The European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS) is a scientific institute that has been affiliated to the Otto-Friedrich University (since September 1993) registered in Bamberg. The institute meets the increasing demand for sound information and scientific research in the field of migration and integration.

European Policy Centre

European Migration and Diversity Programme 

The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank, committed to making European integration work. The EPC works at the "cutting edge" of European and global policy-making providing its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and analysis on the EU and global policy agenda. It aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the different constituencies of its membership, spanning all aspects of economic and social life.

Refugees Studies centre

Oxford Department of International Development

University of Oxford, UK 

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) was founded in 1982 as part of the Oxford Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House) at the University of Oxford. Its purpose is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Centre for the Study of Forced Migration

School of Refugees and Humanitarian Affairs

Dar es Salaam University, Tanzania. 

The East African School on Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs (EASRHA) is a project conceived by the Centre for the Study of Forced Migration (CSFM) located in the Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam. EASRHA exposes participants to such fundamental issues as introduction to Forced Migration, Refugee Law and Policy in East Africa, Psychosocial Needs of Refugees, Conflict Resolution, Refugees and the Environment and Disaster Preparedness. 

International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), established in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland, is an international organisation that works in migration-related fields. Although ICMPD has a European basis, it carries out its activities throughout the world, especially in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Through its six Competence Centres, ICMPD provides its 14 Member States and numerous partners with in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with the phenomena of migration. It does so through using a holistic 3-pillar approach: research, capacity building and migration dialogues.

Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP)

The Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP) is an international network of organizations founded in 1996 to promote awareness of migration-development linkages in SADC. SAMP conducts applied research on migration and development issues, provides policy advice and expertise, offers training in migration policy and management, and conducts public education campaigns on migration-related issues.

Le Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Migrations (GERM)

Le Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Migrations (GERM et Faits de Sociétés) est une équipe du Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes et Recherches de la Vallée (CIERVAL) de l’Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis. Il est constitué d’enseignants chercheurs de la Section de sociologie de l’UFR des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l’université Gaston Berger, d’universitaires européens et américains, de chercheurs affiliés à des institutions internationales, et de chercheurs juniors, doctorants dans les universités sénégalaises de Dakar et de Saint-Louis.

C’est sur ce réseau de chercheurs confirmés et jeunes que s’appuie le GERM et Faits de Sociétés dans le cadre de ses activités de recherche et d’animation scientifique. A cet effet, le GERM et Faits de Sociétés a su, depuis sa mise en place, édifier un réseau dense de collaboration et de partenariat à travers la conduite d’un certain nombre d’études et de recherches sur les rapports sociaux de sexes, les relations de genre, les migrations internationales, les relations interculturelles, la place des femmes dans la politique, etc.

Migration Policy Center, European University Institute, Italie

The Migration Policy Center (MPC) conducts field as well as archival research, both of which are scientifically robust and policy-relevant at European level and also globally, targeting policy-makers as well as politicians. This research provides tools for addressing migration challenges

Economic and Social Research Foundation Tanzania (ESRF)

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) was established in 1994 as an independent, not-for-profit institution for research and policy analysis. The formation of ESRF was based on the assumption that there was need and demand for an improved understanding of policy options and development management issues, and that the capacity for this was lacking in the Tanzania civil service.

Refugee Rights Project University of Cape Town

The Refugee Rights Unit was founded in 1998 as a Project within the University of Cape Town (UCT) Law Clinic, aimed at providing legal support services to the growing number of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. It has since evolved into a fully independent Unit.