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The Geneva Challenge 2015

An international student contest on the effects of return migration on development has been launched this month by the Graduate Institute with the support of the Global Migration Centre. More info

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New Publications

The two theses that received the 2013 GMC Award are now published as Global Migration Research Papers. Ms. Chia's thesis In the mountain, by the Sea: Dialectis of Language and Identity among Chinese Overseas, as well as Ms. Kobayashi's about Language Education for Migrant Workers and their Social Integration in Japan are available here.



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New Global Migration Centre

The Institute's Programme for the Study of Global Migration becomes the Global Migration Centre. The new Centre's Director Vincent Chetail talks about the significance of the change and what's in store for the Centre.

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News Briefing
The Hidden Face of the 2022 World Cup: Migrant Workers in Quatar

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER | 12:30 - 13:30

Audiorium 2, Maison de la paix, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Thousands of migrant workers are currently in Qatar building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup football championships. News reports, human rights organisations, and the European Union have all condemned the conditions the workers face. The Qatari government has yet to provide any meaningful response to these concerns.

Join us for an interactive news briefing with migration experts Vincent Chetail and François Crépeau on the legal and human rights issues of this situation.

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Call for Papers

The Refugee Law Initiative invites submissions for the Second Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law which will take place on 25 April 2014 at the University of London. A great opportunity for early career researchers to gain feedback from their peers and senior experts in the field! Click here for more information.


Global Detention Project

9-10 December: Michael Flynn and Izabella Majcher - respectively Project Coordinator and Research Assistant of the GMC Global Detention Project - will discuss immigration detention at the Migration Policy Conference organized in The Hague and aiming at assessing the implementation of the European Union Stockholm Programme.


Experts Workshop

Prof. Vincent Chetail will participate to the workshop "Strengthening the Migration-Development Nexus through Improved Policy and Institutional Coherence" organised at the OEDC Conference Centre on 4-5 December 2013 with the support of the OEDC, UNDP and the World Bank. The experts' workshop will explore research gaps in the area of policy and institutional coherence for migration and development.


Global Detention Project

On 21 November, Michael Flynn, Coordinator of the GMC's Global Detention Project participated in the two-day conference on "Immigration Detention in Europe: Establishing Common Concerns and Developing Minimum standards," which was co-hosted by the UK's HM Directorate of Prisons and the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. M. Flynn's presentation was about "Immigration Detention in Europe: Transparency, Effectiveness, Awareness".


New Publication

A new Global Migration Research Paper has been issued: "Services financiers sur mobiles: les modèles d'affaires pour les Postes", co-authored by Jean-Louis Arcand, Malek Garbouj and Nestor Morgandi. This Paper presents the results of the research project funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and it represents the GMC contribution to the 2013 Global Forum on Financial Inclusion for Development.

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GMC Award 2013

The Global Migration Centre is pleased to announce that Siow Boon CHIA (Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development) and Yuki KOBAYASHI (Master of development Studies) were rewarded by the 2013 GMC Award for their outstanding Master theses devoted to Global Migration. Congratulations to both laureates!

Siow Boon CHIA’s thesis is entitled In the Mountain, by the Sea: Dialectics of Language and Identity among Chinese Overseas. Yuki KOBAYASHI’s thesis is devoted to Language Education for Migrant Workers and Their Social Integration in Japan. The two theses will be published within the Global Migration Research Paper Series.

  • The GMC Award was created to promote innovative and high-quality research on global migration.


New Publication

A new book edited by H. Lambert, J. McAdam and M. Fullerton has been published by CUPThe Global Reach of European Refugee Law. Among other experts, three GMC members have contributed to this collective work. Jean-François Durieux examines the blurring effect of EU law on the specificity of refugee law, while Vincent Chetail and Céline Bauloz share their views on the influence of EU asylum law in Switzerland.


Migration Governance

Amb. William Lacy Swing, General Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Prof. Vincent Chetail, Director of the GMC debate about Migration and Global Governance.

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New Research Project

A new research project entitled "Time to look at girls: adolescent girls migration and development”, is to be launched within the GMC. It will be coordinated by Katarzyna Grabska, Research Associate at the GMC and co-coordinated by Prof. Alessandro Monsutti, member of our Steering Committee. The project funded by the SNIS will examine specific gendered and generational dynamics and experiences of migrant adolescent girls in the Global South and explore their impacts on development.


International Migration Law Course

Prof. V. Chetail, Director of the GMC, will give a lecture at the 9th International Migration Law Course organized at San Remo with the support of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the Swiss Federal Office for Migration and the International Organization for Migration.


GMC Welcomes New Visiting Scholar

François Crépeau is joining the GMC as visiting scholar. Professor Crépeau holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. In 2011, he was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (2011-2014), by the UN Human Rights Council.

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New Publication

In September, Oxford's Forced Migration Review published a special issue on the topic of immigration detention. The issue includes an article by Michael Flynn, manager of the Global Detention Project based at the Global Migration Centre. Flynn's article, titled "Be Careful What You Wish For," about the unintended impact of liberal norms on states' treatment of irregular migrants and asylum seekers, is available here:


New Research Project

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs has commissioned the GMC to do a research on Financial Inclusion, Migration and Sustainable Development. This project represents the GMC contribution to the 2013 Global Forum on Financial Inclusion for Development  organised by the Universal Postal Union, the FDFA and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.


New Publication

Jean-François Durieux, research associate at the GMC, has published a new article: "Three Asylum Paradigms", International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 20(2), 2013, pp.147-177.