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ODID / Rob Judges
Oxford Department of International Development

The International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford is committed to developing a long-term and forward-looking perspective on international migration as part of global change.

Established in 2006, IMI is a member of the Oxford Martin School and forms part of the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.


Our aim is to advance understanding of how migration shapes and is shaped by broader development processes. IMI is pioneering new theoretical and methodological approaches that produce impactful research. We work with researchers and policy-makers in the global South and North to foster better understanding of the multi-level forces driving current and future migration processes.

IMI conducts a range of research that are clustered under four broad and often inter-related themes.


IMI combines multi disciplinary expertise with analytical thinking to train the next generation of migration scholars. We bring the latest research in migration methods, concepts and theories from across the social sciences into the classroom through our teaching programme.


We prioritise collaboration and effective engagement with academics, policy makers, practicioners and the general publice. Our dynamic programme of events, publications and online tools forges networks and meaningful engagement.

Thinking Migration

Thinking MigrationThis report features highlights from IMI's first ten years developing a long-term and forward-looking perspective on international migration as part of global change.

This 56-page report captures the story of the institute's founding in 2006, tracing its development into a leading global authority on international migration.

Contributions from current and former IMI staff, and from research collaborators from the Global North and South, celebrate the achievements IMI has made over its first decade, and look towards ongoing and new areas of research.

Download the report