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Research Programme on the Determinants of International Migration (DEMIG)

  • Responsible Organisations: International Migration Institute (IMI) (Civil society)
  • ILO Regions: Africa; Americas; Arab States; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Global
  • Country(ies): Global coverage
  • Thematic areas: Evidence-based policy making
  • MLFLM: 3.


Run by the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford, the 'Determinants of International Migration' (DEMIG) research programme aims to generate new theoretical and empirical insights into the way states and policies shape migration processes in their interaction with other migration determinants in countries of origin and destination. This is achieved by embedding the empirical analysis of policy effects on migration flows into a new theoretical framework on the processes and determinants of migration. Between 2010 and 2014, the programme was core-funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through a Starting Grant awarded to Hein de Haas, Co-Director at the International Migration Institute, and received additional funding from the Oxford Martin School. DEMIG has generated a series of theoretical and empirical research papers and has compiled new migration flow, policy and visa databases. For instance, the DEMIG TOTAL database reports total immigration, emigration and net migration for 163 countries extending back to over one century, while DEMIG POLICY tracks over 6,500 migration policy changes in 45 countries over the 1946-2013 period. In future years, DEMIG aims to further expand the geographical and historical coverage of its databases, as well as the scope of analysis through international collaborations. The data on migration flows that has been collected by the project will be made publicly accessible.


last updated on 30.04.2015^ top