Global Migration Centre


The Global Migration Centre (GMC) based at the Graduate Institute of international and Development Studies offers a unique interface between academia and the international community. The GMC conducts advanced research, policy-relevant expertise and training on the multifaceted causes and consequences of global migration.

The major distinctive features and assets of the GMC are its focus on the transnational dimensions of migration and its interdisciplinary orientation. By doing so the GMC seeks to fully grasp the complexities of mobility in a globalized world. To this end, it combines inputs from lawyers, political scientists, economists, historians, anthropologists and sociologists.

While its primary function is to lead policy and academic research, the GMC also aims at influencing the direction of future practices and norms through dissemination and training. It regularly organises summer courses, international conferences, lectures and panel discussions.



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Call for Applications: Research Assistant

The GMC is recruiting a research assistant for its new research project: Private Sector and Migration: The Responsibility of Companies under Public International Law. See the Call for Applications.




Deportation as a Crime of International Law

Vincent Chetail, GMC Director, has just published a new article titled "Is There Any Blood on My Hands? Deportation as a Crime of International Law" in the Leiden Journal of International Law. More info.


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Looking Beyond the Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis

On 25 October Vincent Chetail, GMC Director, will speak about the failed reform of the Common European Asylum System at an event hosted by the Refugee Law Clinic Cologne, together with the Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht. More info


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Afghans on the Move

In this report commissioned by UNHCR, Antonio Donini, Alessandro Monsutti and Giulia Scalettaris look at profiles and trajectories, motivations and aspirations, decision-making process and strategies of Afghan seeking protection in Europe. More info


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