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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In the media

Scientists with a cause: What do teeth and bones tell us about our ancestors?

Source: VUB Podcast Series
BSoG team: Florian Trauner
Posted on 22.04.2022
In the press

L’échange - Qu’en est-il du parcours d’intégration à Bruxelles?

Source: BX1 - +d’Actu
Posted on 24.04.2022
Videos & podcasts

Let Ukrainians — not Ukraine — join the EU

Source: Politico
BSoG team: Florian Trauner
Posted on 07.03.2022
In the press


BRIDGES: Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

Period March 2021 - February 2024
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020

The immigration-federalism nexus: taking the subnational level seriously

Period October 2020 - September 2023
Funded By

Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek