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International migration analysis: The case of Central Asia

International migration flows have become increasingly unpredictable and hard to manage. An EU-funded project analysed the influence that international organisations (IOs) have on the global governance scale.
International migration analysis: The case of Central Asia
The MIGGOV ('Knowledgeable' governors of uncertainty? International organisations in the absence of a global migration regime) project spanned a period of two years. Its goal was to analyse the role of IOs in migration governance and global governance more generally, focusing on the Central Asia region.

A number of research trips were undertaken in Central Asian countries as well as Belgium and Russia. A significant number of interviews were carried out with actors from IOs. MIGGOV also attended several stakeholder meetings, both actively and as a participant only. A substantial amount of desk research was conducted, focusing on the analysis of data on migration-related projects.

Findings indicate that more attention should be given to referent and non-referent IOs, and the significance of their relationship. The project demonstrated that the majority of the global migration governance takes place under conditions of uncertainty. Finally, the absence of an overarching global migration regime makes international norms dependent on IOs. This can effectively create some problems and hamper the development of a coherent and sustainable global policy.

Other project objectives included some career development opportunities and key knowledge transfer. This includes the publication of a monograph and journal articles and the creation of a network with other actors in the particular field of studies.

Research results were presented at over 20 international academic conferences and workshops and at five stakeholder seminars. Project work also involved teaching a module on global migration politics. Dissemination activities include the publication of seven articles, while another is under review and two others are being prepared for submission.

The project has contributed to the development of theoretical and empirical work on migration and global governance. It focused on the role of agents of authority and change, rather than governance as a structure, developing the concept of global migration managers, particularly for IOs.

MIGGOV Research placed IOs at the centre of migration studies, by analysing the influence they exert and enriching the knowledge in international migration studies in general. Project work also constructed a new typology of IOs in relation to existing theories of global governance.

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Migration, Central Asia, international organisations, global governance, MIGGOV, migration governance
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