Research and Migration Law

Migration research is the scientific analysis of migration flows, thus the movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border, or within a State. Various disciplines are concerned with migration research (sociology, human geography, cultural and social anthropology, history, economy, law etc.); therefore migration research is often referred to as being an interdisciplinary area of work. Especially in the course of the globalization process, migration research has received increased significance in the last decades – also as basis for policy decisions. It can be assumed that the relevance of migration research will continue to increase in the future.

IOM’s Approach

IOM conducts research designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. The organization provides a unique space for consultation between researchers and policy makers. Research results are disseminated through numerous publications worldwide. IOM's global research activities encompass several migration management topics, including migration trends and data, international migration law, migration and development, health and migration, counter-trafficking, labour migration, trade, remittances, irregular migration, integration, and return migration.

Within the area of migration research, the IOM Country Office for Austria focuses on supporting policy makers in the development and implementation of migration policies and practices. Accordingly, the expertise of the IOM Country Office for Austria comprises, in addition to other relevant disciplines, Austrian and international migration law. The research work of the IOM Country Office for Austria shall contribute to an improved understanding of migration issues, to foster social and economic development through migration, and to the protection of human dignity and the well-being of migrants.


Julia Rutz
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