MIPEX Partners

Extensive collaboration

The third edition of the MIPEX rests on the extensive and long-term collaboration of trusted partners, experts and supporters of the project.

We are extremely grateful to our research partners, listed in full below and composed of Philippe De BruyckerDirk Jacobs and Yves Pascouau at the University Libre de Bruxelles; Kay Hailbronner at the University of Konstanz; Judit Toth at the University of Szeged; Alistair Ross at the London Metropolitan University and Isabelle Chopin, Executive Editor of the European Anti-Discrimination Law Review. We also thank Barbara Herman for her correlation analysis of the results.

We thank those who gave their valuable input at the stakeholder and expert consultations on each of the MIPEX issues as well as at the usability seminar.

We are extremely grateful to our network of partners for their energy and commitment to the MIPEX. The organisations and their profiles are listed below.

We also give thanks to the British Council offices in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America for their valuable collaboration and assistance.

Finally, we extend our full and heartfelt appreciation to the networks of experts, peer reviewers, and country profile contributors, who shared their detailed knowledge to produce the comparative data on which the MIPEX depends.

..see the full list of experts 

Managing Partners



The MIPEX 2015 project is led by CIDOB and the Migration Policy Group.

The MIPEX coordination team:

Jan Niessen, MIPEX 2015 Project Co-Director, Migration Policy Group

Elena Sánchez-Montijano, MIPEX 2015 Project Co-Director, CIDOB

Francesc Fàbregues, Projects Manager, CIDOB

Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director on Migration and Integration, Migration Policy Group

Zvezda Vankova, Central Research Coordinator, Migration Policy Group 

Özge Bilgili, Evaluation Assistant, CIDOB

Anne-Linde Joki, Statistics Assistant, Migration Policy Group

Vera Kljajevic, Office Manager, Migration Policy Group

Co-funded by the European Union MIPEX 2015 is produced as part of the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates”, co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals.

...see the National Partners list
...see the Reasearch Partners list

National Partners

Austria - Beratungszentrum für Migranten und Migrantinnen

(Counselling centre for migrants)

The counselling centre for migrants in Vienna has been in existence since September 1983 and ranks among Austria’s oldest and largest counselling institutes. It represents an important and independent contact point for migrants in Vienna dealing with questions concerning labour market policy, recognition of foreign qualifications, law relating to aliens and social law.

Long-standing professional experience, well-founded education in the social sector and the cultural backgrounds of the employees enable to break down language and socio-cultural barriers and to offer a well-directed and individual problem-solving strategy for migrants. In this way a successful integration into education, profession and career shall be achieved. If required, additional (multilingual) group counselling’s are carried out.

The counselling offers are complemented by varied projects and topic-specific public relations.

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Australia - Settlement Council of Australia

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) is the national peak body representing migrant and refugee settlement agencies across Australia. SCOA is a membership-based organisation; our members provide a range of services to support refugees and humanitarian entrants as they settle into life in Australia. SCOA provides a credible and informed source of knowledge and advice on migrant and refugee settlement issues, settlement planning, service delivery and related policy and program matters.

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Belgium - Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) - Free University of Brussels (ULB)

GERME is a research group of social scientists (trained in sociology, anthropology and/or political science) studying processes of inclusion and exclusion in the context of diverse societies that are marked by social inequalities. Although initially mainly focussing its research activities on racism, migration, exclusion and ethnicity, researchers based at GERME are now working on a wide range of topics. These include – without being exhaustive - citizenship practices, multiculturalism, migrant integration policy, urban policy, gender relations, xenophobia, labour market inclusion, education, culture, religion, political participation, social networks and social stratification. In our research work there is a firm emphasis on processes of ethnicisation and racialisation, on the reproduction of social inequalities and on relations between ethno-cultural minority and majority groups.

DiverCity is the GERME’s spin off aiming at the economic valorisation of the researches produces at the GERME.


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Bulgaria - Open Society Institute


Open Society Institute-Sofia is a non-governmental organization, acting for public benefit, defending the values of the open society in Bulgaria and supporting the integration of the country to the European Union. The Institute was founded in 1990, thanks to a donation of Mr. George Soros. The main goals of the Institute are to support the democratization of the country, to strengthen the civil society and to foster public debates and civic participation in public policy-making. The organization operates through 5 programs: Governance and Public policies, European policies and Civic participation, Roma program, Legal Program and Public Debate Program.


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Canada - The Maytree Foundation

Maytree is a private Canadian charitable foundation established in 1982, committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities. Maytree is Canada’s only private foundation that focuses on the acceleration of immigrant and refugee settlement. We have developed well-recognized in-house expertise on creating and implementing practical solutions through programs, policy insights and grants. As an independent voice, we have demonstrated our capacity to raise public awareness and to speak on the issue of immigrant inclusion from a basis of fact and substance, and in the interest of nation building.

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Canada - The Association for Canadian Studies

Founded in 1973 at Queen’s University, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) is a non-profit organization with individual and institutional members. The Association is most active at the post-secondary level, but maintains ties with all sectors of education and collaborates with programs, centres, groups, institutes and organizations across Canada and internationally.

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Croatia - Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies is the scientific research institution whose mission is a systematic and continuous research on all types of population migration, study of ethnic minorities and various aspects of ethnicity. The main task of the Institute is to stimulate the comparative study of migration, minorities and ethnicity to promote public understanding of the complexity and reality of these topics and also through research and discussion to stimulate the implementation of new policies and activities that might aid solution of problem in the relevant fields.


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Cyprus - Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (CARDET)

CARDET is the leading research and development centre (non-profit status) in the eastern Mediterranean, based in Cyprus. Our mission is to inspire next generation education, and promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people.  CARDET brings together a passionate international team of experts with global expertise in migration and integration, public policies, research and evaluation, social justice and inclusive education, e-learning, lobbying and advocacy. Members of the CARDET team have successfully participated in more than 100 projects in more than 20 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations, The Commonwealth of Learning, international agencies and governments.

One of our core-strengths is our ability to carefully plan, implement, execute and evaluate projects in various contexts. Our organization brings together some of the best minds and deepest experience from around the world with a highly energetic and passionate operational team. These individuals have contributed to a wide range of professional and scholarly organizations as office holders, board members, and active participants; such organizations which count CARDET team members among their most respected contributors include the OECD, UNESCO, American Education Research Association, International Council of Educational Media, and the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction.

CARDET is one of the premier social justice oriented organizations in Cyprus with extensive experience in developing and implementing programs focusing on migrants and integration. We are the founders of the Mediterranean Migration Network (www.migrationnetwork.org), which is funded by EU Solidarity funds, with more than 150 organizations as members from EU and the world. In addition, CARDET is the Cyprus focal point of the Global NetworkSocial Watch”, with more than 200 member organizations, working in the fields of social justice and social integration. Furthermore, CARDET is a founder member of the Cyprus Platform for Non-Governmental Development Organizations, with more than 30 member organizations.


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Czech Republic - People in Need

People in Need (PIN) is a legally registered Czech NGO which provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom.  In the Czech Republic, People in Need administers social integration programs and provides informative and educational activities. People in Need is one of the largest organizations of its kind in post-communist Europe, and has managed projects in thirty-seven countries over the past fifteen years.   

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Czech Republic - Multicultural Centre Prague

The Multicultural Center Prague (MKC Prague) is a non-profit education and research association founded in 1999, which aims to promote a better understanding of the social, economic, and political processes associated with the diverse and multicultural reality of Czech society. The key activities of our organization relate to international migration; social, political, and economic integration of immigrants; and other minorities living in the Czech Republic.

Migration and integration activities are closely connected to www.migraceonline.cz, a specialised internet portal about international migration in Central and Eastern Europe. For more than 10 years, the MKC Prague has been systematically monitoring Czech migration and integration policies. MKC Prague seeks to contribute to the development of these policies through research, policy and advocacy activities; as well as by providing educational and awareness raising activities and public events.


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Estonia - Institute of Baltic Studies

The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent non-profit research and development centre that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. With its activities, IBS aims at contributing to the increase of knowledge and understanding of the development challenges and opportunities facing Estonia in particular and Baltic Sea region in general. Our goal is to improve the policy process in all its phases from the analysis of the problem to the evaluation of the impact.

IBS main areas of expertise fall into three broad domains:

  • Social cohesion policies in the areas of migration and development, immigrant integration and gender aspects; fundamental rights and freedoms and children rights;
  • Science, technology and innovation policy, industrial economics and regional development;
  • Policy analysis, policy and programme evaluation and impact assessment studies related to the above.


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Finland - Institute of Migration

The Institute of Migration was founded in 1974, and has its headquarters in Turku. The major source of funding is the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The tasks are:

  • to promote the collection, storage and documentation of research material relating to international and internal migration including immigrants and refugees,
  • to carry out and to promote migration research,
  • to publish research reports, books and articles on migration,
  • to develop co-operation between the universities and special organizations related to migration, both within Finland and abroad.

The Institute arranges seminars and conferences to promote scholarly collaboration. In addition to research activities, the Institute has archives, library, emigrant register, exhibitions and funds.


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France - Terra Nova

Terra Nova is an independent and progressive think tank which aims at producing and spreading innovative political solutions, in France and Europe. Terra Nova has three main objectives:

- Reforming the matrix of social-democracy
- Producing expertise and operational political solutions
- Working together with European and international progressive think tanks.

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France - France Terre d’Asile

France terre d’asile is an independent and secular non-profit charity organization, created in 1971. Its principal objective is to protect the rights of asylum seekers, beneficiaries of international protection, unaccompanied minors and, in general, of all migrants in France. The organization provides social, administrative and housing services and it maintains several reception facilities for the above-mentioned groups. In addition, it offers legal assistance for foreigners in the detention centres and training for professionals working with foreigners.  Finally, it advocates for foreigners’ rights on national and international level. Awarded with the French Republic’s Human Rights Prize (1989), France terre d’asile is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the NGO Platform of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency and the ERSO Network. The organization employs more than 530 people.


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Germany - the Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.

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Germany - Der Rat für Migration

The Council on Migration is a non-profit organization and a nationwide union of scientists from various disciplines that critically attends German politics of migration and integration. Since its foundation in 1998, the Council calls for differentiated, democratic and prospective policy-making in these fields and offers its members a platform for exchange. In practice, it operates with scholarly papers and consultancy that give critical attention on politics and reporting. Regarding the media as a crucial actor in migration and integration debates, the Council acts as the project executing organization of the “Media Service Migration”, a service-platform for media workers whose aim is to promote objective media reports on migration and integration issues. 

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Germany - Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration

The Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration (BIM) develops basic scientific principles and empirical data aimed at providing a factual basis for debate on integration issues in Europe, and investigates how integration and migration processes in Germany and Europe have taken place so far and will develop in the future. The BIM is designed for cooperative research and aims at building a broad base for establishing integration and migration research in Berlin. Through its research, the BIM transfers information and findings into the worlds of politics, civil society and the media. 

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Greece -ELIAMEP: The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

ELIAMEP is an independent, non-profit and policy-oriented research and training institute established in Athens, Greece, in 1988.  Its mission is to conduct research and provide policy makers, academics and the public at large with authoritative information and substantiated policy recommendations.

In recent years ELIAMEP has accumulated significant experience and expertise in research related to European integration and the future of Europe; migration; multiculturalism; security and international relations; conflict resolution and peace-building; democracy and civic participation; energy; the media; human rights; environmental issues and climate change in particular; transatlantic relations; etc. A recent study placed it among the top 5 institutions in Greece which have been awarded FP7 research projects in the Socio-Economic Sciences, both in terms of value and number of projects awarded.

On the field of contemporary international migration ELIAMEP is the national coordinator for Greece at the European Integration Web Site since 2010. The head of the Migration department, Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, is the Greek Correspondent (since 2010) at the SOPEMI Network of Migration Experts in the OECD, which prepares the annual International Migration Outlook publication. The ELIAMEP migration team has started a new project on the Governance of Irregular Migration (2012-2015), which is funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, through the ARISTEIA programme.


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Greece - Hellenic League for Human Rights

The Hellenic League for Human Rights, founded in 1953, is the oldest Non Governmental Organisation for human rights protection and promotion in Greece. The League takes action in the field of promotion and defense of individual rights and freedoms. The prevention of violations of human and civil rights and contribution or the protection of human rights is the League's fundamental intervention pillar. The league actualizes its goals through the research and study of problems involving human rights protection, both in collective and in individual level, the submission of proposals to the administration for the solution of such problems, legal aid to victims of human rights violations, sensibilisation of public opinion, consolidation of public dialogue on human rights through the organization of press conferences, colloquies, publications active interventions and other actions judged necessary.

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Hungary - ICCR - Budapest Foundation

ICCR - Budapest Foundation is an independent, non-profit research institute founded in 1991 by ICCR-Vienna. The Foundation operates as a non-profit organisation, independent from governmental institutions.

The main activities of ICCR-Budapest Foundation are:

- Support and implementation of applied, multi-disciplinary and comparative research with focus on the field of migration and xenophobia Organising and co-ordinating local and international conferences on the topic of migration and xenophobia.

- Supporting post-graduate students and researchers.

- Compiling, reproducing and distributing research reports on the situation of migrants across the country.


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Ireland - Immigrant Council of Ireland

With over 12-years’ experience the Immigrant Council of Ireland is the leading voice in securing improved rights and protections which benefit Irish citizens, migrants and their families.

As an organisation we pride ourselves on being pro-active. We offer support, advice and information, while also achieving positive change through strategic legal action and engagement with lawmakers to make immigration laws fit for purpose.

Ensuring access to justice is the cornerstone of all our work. We are committed to supporting individuals and families often at a vulnerable stage in their life.

We work in coalition with like minded stakeholders to deliver genuine change at both a national and European level.

Since the establishment of our Independent Law Centre, our dual legal and advocacy approach, supported by our frontline services, has ensured real change including: the withdrawal of an ad hoc policy regarding international students, the recognition of de facto couples for the purpose of family reunification, protections for migrant victims of domestic violence and the introduction of Ireland’s first citizenship ceremonies.

The ICI engages with all Ireland’s media outlets, has a reach in excess of 80,000 per week on social media, and are a go-to service for commentators seeking on and off the record briefings.

Our focus now is:

  • The introduction of an immigration system which is clear, fair and just for all
  • The establishment of an independent appeals service for immigration decisions
  • Encouraging integration and participation in all aspects of Irish life
  • A robust response to racism
  • Changes in the law to end sex trafficking


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Italy - ISMU

Fondazione ISMU, formerly Fondazione Cariplo -ISMU since 1991, located in Milan (Italy), is an autonomous and independent organization promoting studies, research and projects on multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, and focusing in particular on the phenomenon of international migrations. ISMU presents itself as a service structure open to cooperation with other institutions, public organizations, the world of voluntary work and non-profit organizations, school institutes of any educational area and level, and scientific institutions both in Italy and abroad.


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Latvia - Centre for Public Policy (PROVIDUS)

Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS’ mission is to enhance the development of open society values in Latvia. PROVIDUS aspires to be a source of expertise and an “agent of change” in areas of good governance, internal security and inclusive public policy.

PROVIDUS publishes research and policy analysis, implements pilot projects to demonstrate new approaches to policy issues, as well as monitors and evaluates policy implementation. PROVIDUS promotes public participation in policy process by providing user-friendly access to PROVIDUS’ expertise and public policy debates. To achieve this PROVIDUS maintains the largest online policy resource in Latvia, the public policy portal Politika.lv, organizes public events and consultations involving the use of innovative methods and online tools.

PROVIDUS is a non-partisan CSO enjoying public benefit status, a member of various CSO platforms and networks on national and European level.


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Lithuania - Lithuanian Social Research Centre (LSRC)

Lithuanian Social Research Centre (LSRC) is a leading professional research centre with key research areas in 1. Theory and methodology of social science; 2. Social economy; 3. Social stratification; 4. Demographic processes and 5. Ethnic studies. LSRC has participated in a variety of international research projects crossing over the disciplines of sociology, demography, economics and political science (including Framework Programme projects of FP6 and FP7). Institute for Ethnic Studies (IES), a department at the LSRC, focuses on studies and research of ethnicity and modern nationalism, analysis of ethnic structure, adaptation of ethnic groups, immigrants, Diasporas and ethnic hatred. Institute publishes a peer-reviewed journal Ethnicity Studies, which is a series of ethnicity related studies and their methodology covering research in the Baltics, Eastern Europe and beyond.


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Luxembourg - ASTI –Association de Soutien des Travailleurs Immigrés

ASTI is a  non-governmental organisation, created in the year 1979 to fight for the right to vote for immigrants and equal rights for all.

Creating the Immigration Festival, co-organiser of the Ateliers des Cultures, ASTI is
looking for national and international partnership. Active on asylum seekers’ and so
called illegal peoples side as well as with kids, their parents and youngsters having
immigrated to Luxembourg, ASTI is proposing changes in the school domain, and
acting on anti-discrimination issues.
ASTI works for a new society, rich of its diversity. Beside political lobbying and activities being financed exclusively by donations, many activities being supported by different ministries are being undertaken together with kids, teenagers, adults, creating new pedagogical material and running a documentation centre on intercultural topics or a intercultural agency.


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Malta - The People for Change Foundation

The People for Change Foundation’s vision is of a just, fair and inclusive society all members of which may reach their full potential unhindered by factors such as age, race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Since 2007, the People for Change Foundation has been working in the field of migration, asylum and race in the European Union, in addition with on-the-ground legal and policy research in Malta. The People for Change Foundation was set up with the express aim of contributing to this multilateral process – to conduct research in an area of direct relevance to the livelihood and quality of life of asylum seekers; to address international and national legal obligations and development, human rights concerns, and integration. It also aimed to bring together different actors, methods and approaches – activism and research; policy and practice. 


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Netherlands - Maastricht University Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law aims at providing excellent education and research that meets international standards. The education and research provisions focus on the demands of the (inter) national and European labour markets: one faculty for Dutch, European and international lawyers; one faculty where diversity in research and education plays a central role.
The educational structure is naturally designed to meet national and international standards. Lawyers must possess all of the relevant skills: they can competently and creatively handle matters pertaining to national, European and international law, as well as comparative law and all of its myriad interactions. Resolution skills and language proficiency (both in the mother tongue and in English) are essential.
Research also focuses on these interactions as well as on the Europeanisation and internationalisation of the legal profession. It concentrates on pre-selected themes; on European common law (Ius Commune); and on the globalisation of law and civil rights.


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Norway - KIM – Norway’s Contact Committee for Immigrants and Authorities

Norway´s Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities (KIM) is a Government-appointed body charged with facilitating dialogue between minority communities and the authorities and providing the government with advice and input in issues which are of principle importance to minority communities.

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Norway - Institute for Social Research, Oslo

The mission of the Institute for Social Research is to combine basic research of the highest academic standards with relevant applied research. Since 1950 the Institute has produced knowledge and understanding in areas that are significant for society, while operating at the cutting edge of international social science. As an independent foundation, ISF’s research serves as key references for decision makers and academics alike. The institute’s dual ambition of basic research and relevance is reflected in a wide range of projects within the fields of migration, working life, gender equality and civil society.  The migration team at ISF engages in research and in the public debate in areas such as asylum and refugee policy, the welfare state, integration, labor market, discrimination, European refugee law, family migration and children’s rights. 

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Poland - Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)

Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a leading Polish think tank and an independent centre for policy research and analysis, established in 1995. Our mission is to contribute to informed public debate on key Polish, European and global policy issues. Our main areas of study include European policy, social policy, civil society, migration and development policy as well as law and democratic institutions. The IPA has a team of in-house researchers/policy analysts and an extensive network of associate experts from academia and other paths of life. We publish the results of our projects in research reports, policy papers and books, which are broadly disseminated among members of parliament, government officials and civil servants, academics, journalists and civil society activists. Every year we host dozens of conferences, seminars, round tables, workshops and other events with the participation of key policy and opinion makers. Our experts regularly comment on current policy issues in printed and electronic media.


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Portugal - Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT)

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT) is the School of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (www.igot.ul.pt). It includes one teaching and training unit and one research unit - the Centre for Geographical Studies – CEG. The CEG is the leading Portuguese institution in geographical research and comprises now seven research groups (www.ceg.ul.pt) : a) Climate Change and Environmental Systems ; b) Coastal and Fluvial Systems: Dynamics, Environmental Changes and Management; c) Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment and Management d) Migration, Spaces and Societies (MIGRARE), which is the one involved directly on the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates“. (www.ceg.ul.pt/migrare); e) Urban and Regional Change and Policies; f) Tourism, Culture and Space.

The research environment at CEG benefits from belonging to the Lisbon University, which is the largest and one of the most prestigious universities in Portugal (http://www.ulisboa.pt/). Therefore, synergies and collaborative research partnerships, through projects and dissemination and networking activities, have been developed with many international and national bodies and networks. 


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Portugal - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Foundation is of perpetual duration and undertakes its activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France) and London (the United Kingdom). 


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Romania - The Foundation for an Open Society


The Foundation for an Open Society is a non-governmental organization established in 1990 in Romania. The Foundation for an Open Society has been promoting the open society values in Romania, acting as a catalyst and trainer of the Romanian civil society.

Our mission is to promote models for developing a society based on freedom, responsibility and respect for diversity.

The Foundation for an Open Society carries out activities that follow a few strategic directions:

  • Social research and expertise production to underlie better public policies;
  • Advocacy for accountability and efficiency in the public sector;
  • Social inclusion and fighting discrimination;
  • Construction of models for an integrated community intervention.

To date, the Foundation has developed most of its programs in the fields of sociological research, education, migration, social inclusion, good governance, civic culture and integrated community intervention.


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Slovakia - IVO – Institute for Public Affairs

The Institute for Public Affairs (Slovak acronym IVO) is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank. It was founded in 1997 with the aim of promoting the values of an open society and a democratic political culture in public policy and decision-making.

IVO is a harbor to research and publication activities that helps nurture the expert potential of the country. By making its research findings widely available, IVO participates in an open discourse on the important issues of public interest. It formulates recommendations directed at sustaining the reform policies, identifies problems that require attention and analyzes trends in the respective areas.

The research areas include democratic institutions and processes; civic participation and the nonprofit sector, as for the social issues and public policy the focus is on public opinion and political behavior; minorities rights and equal opportunities, as well as social inclusion.  


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Slovenia - The Peace Institute

The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies – is a non-profit research institution developing interdisciplinary research activities in various fields of social and human sciences. The goal is not only to adopt a critical stance towards events in the society but also to actively intervene in these events, to link academic research and reflection with practical educational and strategic advisory activities in various fields of public policy and public action in general. The Institute has the status of a civil society non-governmental organisation on national, EU and international level. 


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Spain - CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

CIDOB is an independent think tank that promotes global governance and good practices, based on a local, national and European democratic government, to ensure that people possess the basic elements to live their lives free from fear and in liberty, by facilitating a dialogue that includes all diversities and which actively defends human rights and gender equality.

CIDOB is a dynamic community of analysts that works to produce and offer to all political actors –from individual citizens to international organisations– information and ideas to formulate and promote policies for a more secure, free, and fair world for everyone.

CIDOB’s objectives are to be:

An independent research centre, plural, without dominant partisan or

ideological agendas, and capable of influencing thinking and global political

action from within its local reality.

A useful international point of reference in Barcelona for people,

institutions, and companies that work in the international field or which

are interested in it; an agent for promoting the growing internationalisation

of the city, of Catalonia, and of Spain; as well as a national and international

point of reference in terms of research, documentation resources, and

publications specialised in international relations.

An influential actor in the development of the international action of local

governments, the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Government of Spain, and of

the European Union and their respective parliamentary structures; in permanent

dialogue with policy-makers and with the capacity to generate opinion, directly

and/or through the media.

An organisation connected –both on a European and a global level– with

other leading institutions in the field of international relations; an organisation

that participates in the European and global debates, and which is a source

of internationally respected knowledge and opinion.

An instrument of international action at the service of the citizens;

a mechanism to support international relations that works to influence and assist

decision-makers. A tool to respond to the concerns of the general public and to

disseminate international and European public decisions that affect ordinary

citizens, as well as contributing to their application.


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Swedish Red Cross

Swedish Red cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network that act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people in 189 countries. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

Our strength is in our volunteer network. Only in Sweden 30,000 volunteers are tirelessly assisting their fellow citizens.


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Switzerland - SFM – Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies

In the middle of the nineties, as the Swiss authorities were exploring a federal integration policy for immigrants and their offspring, the need was felt to found this future policy on systematic research findings on migration and integration processes. Along with a national research program on Migration and intercultural relationships the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies was founded in 1995.

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Switzerland - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Social Work

The University: In 1997, seven regional, public-funded universities of applied sciences were created in Switzerland. Their degree programmes are approved by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs. More than 4100 students are now enrolled in Bachelor and Master programmes at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It comprises several campuses, all of them centrally located in, or close to, the city of Lucerne.

Social Work: The School of Social Work is an innovative and practice-based learning center that also conducts research and offers a broad range of professional services. The School has contributed much to the ongoing professionalization and advancement of social work and enjoys an excellent reputation among experts and students.

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Turkey - Istanbul Bilgi University / Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya

İstanbul Bilgi University is a non-profit institution of higher education with over 14.000 students (50% of whom are on scholarship) and a faculty of nearly 800. Bilgi offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in social sciences, economics, business, communications, arts, law, engineering, architecture and health sciences. Since its establishement in 1996, Bilgi is known for adopting an open-minded and critical position in important social and political debates in Turkey, and has been involved in discussions and debates concerning the EU integration process.The “European vocation” of Bilgi has in fact led to the launch of the Centre for European Studies which, later in 2007, became the “European İnstitute”. The European Institute undertakes in depth research on EU politics and policies with a specific emphasis on diversity and pluralism. Building on EU expertise acquired within BİLGİ, the European Institute is now the primary focus for the interdisciplinary study of processes of integration in the politics, legal systems, society and economies of Europe.To this end, the European Institute supports interdisciplinary academic programs on EU studies and undertakes interdisciplinary research with  primary focus on themes such as processes of integration, europeanization, multiculturalism, diversity, mobility, migration, and construction of European identities. Besides many other EU funded (numerous FP7 projects)  and international projects, the Institute has been awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Award (2013), two Jean Monnet Chairs, and several other Jean Monnet modules and Learning EU at School Projects.The European Institute is also active in social outreach projects and is involved in training Turkish high school students and teachers in fundamental values linked to the EU such as human rights, pluralism and diversity. International migration, emigration, domestic migration and integration issues are also some of the fields scrutinized by the European Institute.


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Turkey - Istanbul Kemerburgaz University / Assoc.Prof.Dr. Bianca Kaiser

Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, founded in 2008, is as a non-profit institution of higher education and in Istanbul, Turkey. The university has 7 Schools, 2 Graduate Schools, 1 Vocational School and 4 Research Centers. The University has accepted its first students in the academic year 2011-2012. With its exceptional academic staff and visionary institutional values, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University is dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge to fulfill its mission of adding value to society. Currently, there are 226 academic staff and 2.670 students, among them 127 international students. The medium of instruction is English, except for the Law and Fine Arts Schools.Founded on the principles of freedom of research, education and thought, universality, contribution to society, participation, culture of quality and sustainability, the main objective of Istanbul Kemerburgaz University is to raise self-confident  individuals with a broad perspective and equipped with those skills necessitated by the information and technology age. 
Even though a very young university, so far 15 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) research grants have been received by the faculty members, and the University has ranked second best nationally at the TUBITAK National Young Researchers Career Development Program (CAREER) as of the November 2013 term. Additionally, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University has received research grants from Istanbul Development Agency, British Council, EU-COST, and European Commission. 

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The mission of COMPAS is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration.

The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) , core funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is geared to deepen the understanding of this relationship.


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USA - Immigration Policy Centre – American Immigration Council

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

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Research Partners





Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE): Research and analysis in Education with a commitment to social justice

IPSE is a Research Institute of London Metropolitan University.

IPSE’s central concern is with policies that frame the structure, delivery, practice and performance of education at all levels, both in the UK and where appropriate in European and international settings. IPSE staff engage with policy makers and practitioners so that practice informs policy. Interests include educational policy in a wide range of settings - from early years to continuing and life-long learning, within informal settings and formal organisations, governmental and voluntary.

The Institute is distinctive in its strong commitment to social justice, and in its particular focus on the social role of educational policy, especially the ways in which education can develop greater levels of social inclusion, opening up educational and social opportunities to individuals and groups who have hitherto had difficulties in securing access to achievement within various forms of high quality educational provision. This commitment includes the investigation of areas such as social class, ethnicity and gender, but also encompasses the rapid developments and changes in the practice and delivery of education. IPSE aims to have a high impact on user communities. It also uses innovative methodologies and interdisciplinary ideas to develop new ways of understanding educational and social problems.
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D.Jacobs, P. De Bruycker, Y. Pascouau

UniversitéLibres de Bruxelles - ULB

The city of Brussels is the capital of a federal state which has three different administrative regions based on language and has been at the heart of Europe since 1957. It naturally follows that the city should have a university in keeping with its standing and the ULB, with its 20,000 students, 27% of whom come from abroad, and its very cosmopolitan body of staff, is an intrinsically international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world.

The ULB is a multicultural institution which has 7 faculties and a range of schools and institutes and is, at the same time, a comprehensive university providing academic tuition in all disciplines and study cycles.

With its three Nobel Prize winners, a Fields medal, three Wolf Prize for physics, two Marie Curie Prizes and 29% of the Francqui prizes awarded, the university is also a major research centre which is recognised by the academic community the world over.

Nor does it shirk its social, societal and scientific commitments, which it meets through combining broad access to higher education with excellent quality research and through its role in furthering economic development in the regions where it is located (Brussels and Wallonia). The ULB also has a teaching hospital – the HôpitalErasme, a specialist institute for studying cancer – the Institut Bordet, and an extensive hospital network.

Founded on the principle of free-thinking analysis which advocates independent reasoning and the rejection of dogma in all its forms, the ULB has remained true to its original ideals – an institution free from any form of control which is committed to defending democratic humanist values, an approach it also extends to the way that it is run.
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J. Toth

University of Szeged

The history of the University of Szeged goes back to 1581 when Istvan Báathory, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Prince of Transylvania established a Faculty of Phylosophy and Theology in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) inside the Jesuit College. Due to troubled history, the Jesuit order was dissolved, and Piarist College re-established the university including the faculty of law and medicines in 1774-1775. The Royal University formally founded in 1872 considered as intellectual successor of the Báthory academic institute. During the second WW the university had to move to Szeged upgrading the spiritual capacity of the city that could become a multiple-centre of sciences and arts.

The University of Szeged has 30 000 students, 68 master and 66 bachelor programmes, 27 post-graduate study programmes and 17 doctoral schools. The number of researchers and teachers is over 1 800 persons including 14 members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 114 Doctor of Academy and 640 PhDs. Spirit of complexity in sciences and disciplines has been ensured by 12 faculties of the University (law, medical, pharmacy, dentist, natural sciences, arts, economics, philology, pedagogy, engineering and communication).

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Kay Hailbronner

University of Konstanz

As a well-known and respected research university, the University of Excellence Konstanz enjoys an outstanding reputation throughout Germany as well as at international level. Konstanz has four Collaborative Research Centres, five Research Groups, three Research Centres, four Research Training Groups, five EU projects in which Konstanz has lead responsibility, plus 13 Research Initiatives. The Zukunftskolleg is the only institution of its kind in Germany in the field of promoting young scientists and researchers. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize has already been won six times by scientists from Konstanz. With a value of 2.5 million euros, it is Germany's highest sponsorship award.

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