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.
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.
- 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
BIRMM hosts the IMISCOE PhD school on “Critical Reflections on Migration Studies, Racism and Discrimination”
In the media
FWO - Escaping gridlock through financial instruments? Analyzing change in EU funding for migration and asylum