Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice


The Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice Centre (CMDJ) focuses on the multi-level governance and politics of immigration, justice and home affairs, immigrant integration, diversity and equality. It hosts the VUB’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM), which gathers more than 100 VUB researchers from 11 disciplines.

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Controlling who enters and who stays in the national territory, who has the right to be a member of the national community, and what rights members and non-members of the national community have, have long been considered a prerogative of the nation state. Yet, during the last decades, elements of these policy areas have been shifted upwards, to the international level (EU and international organizations), downwards, to the sub-state level (regional and local authorities) and outwards (to countries of origin, transit and private actors). Whilst many research institutes study immigration and immigrant integration, we distinguish ourselves by our multi-level governance focus, as well as by the prioritisation of three key themes that will prominently figure on European and national policy agendas in the coming decade.

Key themes

  • EU asylum and migration governance, with a particular focus on its external dimension and the involvement of third states in the governance of immigration
  • European anti-discrimination policies and politics
  • EU Justice and Home Affairs
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Fundamental Rights Report 2022

Published on 08.06.2022
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Human Rights, Intersectionality, and Superdiversity

BSoG team: Kristin Henrard
Published on 01.04.2022
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In the media

Interview on the rising number of asylum seekers arriving in the EU

Source: Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation (ORF)
BSoG team: Florian Trauner
Posted on 19.11.2022
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Interview with the Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation (ORF)

Source: Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation (ORF)
BSoG team: Florian Trauner
Posted on 25.11.2022
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La politologue: «La problématique de l’accueil a été négligée»

Source: Le Soir
BSoG team: Ilke Adam
Posted on 26.10.2022
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