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

The Global Migration Centre is looking for a new Research Assistant. More about the call and how to apply here.


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Film Award for GMC Research

The documentary "2 Girls", based on the GMC research project "Time to Look at Girls: Adolescent Girls, Migration and Development" led by GMC Senior Fellow Katarzyna Grabska has been awarded the Grand Prix for the best foreign film at the HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw and the First Prize at the Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) for the best Italian documentary.


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New Research Project

Prof. Vincent Chetail, GMC Director, has been awarded a two-year grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation to carry out a research project on private sector and migration: the responsibility of companies under public international law. More info.





Looking beyond the Refugee Crisis

Prof. Vincent Chetail, GMC Director, has just published the following article challenging the rhetoric of the refugee crisis and highlighting the structural shortcomings of the CEAS: "Looking Beyond the Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis: The Failed Reform of the Common European Asylum System", European Journal of Human Rights, 2016, No. 5, pp.584-601.

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