The mission of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) is to conduct advanced research on the transnational governance of international migration, asylum and mobility. It provides new ideas, rigorous evidence and critical thinking to inform major European and global policy debates.

MPC's three core aims are:

  • Advancement of academic research and knowledge: The MPC conducts theoretical and empirical research that draws on a range of disciplines and methods. An explicit aim of our research is to make linkages across different types of migration (e.g. asylum and labour migration), geographies (e.g. linking migration processes and policies across countries and places), levels of policy-making and governance (e.g. global, supra-national, national, regional and local), and policy issues (e.g. linking migration to labour markets, welfare states, education, development, etc.). We believe that migration cannot be analysed comprehensively and regulated effectively without studying and understanding these important inter-connections.

  • Policy engagement and dialogue: The MPC aims to bridge academic research, public debates and policy-making related to the transnational governance of migration, asylum and mobility. We proactively engage with users of migration research to foster policy dialogues between researches, policy-makers, migrants and a wide range of civil society organisations (including NGOs and the private business sector) in Europe and globally. In line with our aim to conduct research and analysis that connects different issues areas and levels of governance, the MPC seeks to contribute to major debates about migration policy and governance while building links with other key global challenges and changes.

  • Training: The MPC provides advanced training for researchers, policy officials, civil society organisations and others dealing with migration issues in the form of executive training courses and our highly successful annual Migration Summer School. We coordinate the provision of training to the teaching and other activities of the EUI’s new School of Transnational Governance.

To achieve these aims, the MPC engages and collaborates with colleagues at EUI - including at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (where the MPC is based), the School of Transnational of Governance, and the EUI’s Departments of Political and Social Sciences, Economics, Law and History – as well as with an extensive network of partners at other academic institutions and organisations with an interest in international migration and related public policy issues.