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Migration Research Group

Based in the Department of War Studies, the Migration Research Group (MRG) is an interdisciplinary group of staff and students with an interest in the study of migration. 

Set up in the wake of the misnamed “European refugee crisis”, the MRG seeks to develop a better understanding of, and changing the often negative narrative surrounding, migration in Europe and beyond. For instance, rather than starting with borders and seeing migration as a ‘problem’, we shift focus by studying the effects of migration management policies and the lived experiences of people on the move.

The Group’s projects include:

  • Collaborative research, such as the student-led Humans of Calais project;
  • Advocacy;
  • The development of policy advice, such as the Legal Pathways to Protection project

Group lead


Leonie Ansems de Vries

Reader in International Politics

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