Population, Migration and Refugee Studies: Nongovernmental Organizations

This guide provides resources for population, migration and refugee studies

Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) A through H

  • American Refugee Committee International: Refugee news and links, with information about the programs that ARC has in place.
  • Center for Immigration Studies: It is the Center's mission to expand the base of public knowledge and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that gives first concern to the broad national interest. The Center is animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.
  • Center for Migration Studies: One of the premier institutes in the United States committed to facilitating the study of sociodemographic, historical, economic, political, legislative, and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements. 
  • Centre for Refugee Studies: Research activities have been arranged into five related programmes, each with its own research unit: Gender; Refugee Law Research; Development, Displacement and Repatriation; Resettlement; and Prevention. The web site provides more information on the Centre, the research units, the education programme, and a list of online refugee and human rights resources.
  • Center for Immigration Studies: Think tank devoted to research and policy analysis of the effects of immigration in the United States. 
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online: Provides a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
  • Demographic and Migratory Flows Affecting European Regions and Cities (DEMIFER): The project deals with the effects of demographic and migratory flows on European regions and cities and examines the implications for regional competitiveness and European cohesion.
  • Doctors Without Borders/Medcins Sans Frontieres: The world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization. 
  • ERCOMER - the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations: Devoted to the specialized study of migration and ethnic relations in Europe.
  • European Centre for Minority Issues: Promote interdisciplinary research on various dimensions of minority-majority relations in a European perspective, and to contribute to the improvement of inter-ethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform: Advocacy group which promotes low-immigration into the U.S. Website provides information on legislation and publications.  FAIR immigration Report
  • Forced Migration Online: Provides access to a wide variety of online resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide. Designed for use by practitioners, researchers, policy makers, students or anyone interested in the field, FMO aims to give comprehensive information in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users.
  • Institute for the Study of International Migration: Focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns.
  • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre: The leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. Through its work, the Centre contributes to improving national and international capacities to protect and assist the millions of people around the globe who have been displaced within their own country as a result of conflicts or human rights violations.
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation: Made up of national planned parenthood organizations from over 150 countries. The IPPF works as an advocate for family planning, reproductive health rights, and women's rights. The website provides access to bibliographies, and online journals, bulletins, and reports. The IPPF Regions link to country profiles which contain detailed information about demographic indicators, and family planning and population policies in many countries.
  • International Rescue Committee: A private, voluntary organization providing relief and resettlement services for refugees around the world. Information on programs, weekly news updates, and country reports are available on the web site. Extensive information on the Kosovo crisis is currently available.
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population: A non-profit worldwide association of population specialists with the aim of drawing the attention of governments, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the general public to population problems and to promote demography as a science.
  • International Migration Branch of the International Labour Organisation: Describes the objectives, research programs, and publications of the ILO in the area of international migration and labor standards for migrant workers. Full text of some of their International Migration Papers and reports is available.
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM): An  intergovernmental body "committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society." Its Web site includes information on its mandate and structure, news releases, statements, and publications including the journal International Migration.

I through Z

  • Migration Information Source: Povides fresh thought, authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends. A unique, online resource, the Source offers useful tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of people worldwide.
  • Migration Policy Institute: An independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. MPI's work is organized around four research pillars: Migration Management, Refugee Protection and International Humanitarian Response, North American Borders and Migration Agenda, Immigrant Settlement and Integration
  • Migration Research Uni: Based in the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL). Research interests include labor migration, especially highly skilled workers, statistics and information systems, and analyses of trends and processes of international migration in the UK and Europe.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures: Immigration: Current information about immigration policy and enforcement across all 50 states, including: 2011 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States and State Omnibus Immigration Legislation
  • National Immigration Forum: Advocacy group which promotes policies that welcome immigrants and refugees in a fair and supportive manner. Reports, news, information on policy and immigration trends are available on their website.
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR): "We work to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status."
  • Norwegian Refugee Council: To offer humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons regardless of race, religion, nationality and political views; to defend the human rights of refugees and internally displaced persons; to participate in international refugee work, emergency preparedness work, and emergency assistance, and to contribute towards a greater understanding for the situation and needs of refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • Office of Population Research: Website for the oldest population research center in the United States. In addition to information about Princeton's academic programs, this site provide access to a data archive, the Population Index, and the its research library, the Coale Collection. See also the affiliated Center for Migration and Development page.
  • Population Action International: An independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen public awareness and political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. At the heart of Population Action International’s mission is its commitment to advance universal access to family planning and related health services, and to educational and economic opportunities, especially for girls and women.
  • The Population Council: The Council seeks to improve the wellbeing and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world, and to help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources.
  • The Population-Environment Research Network: Seeks to advance academic research on population and the environment by promoting on-line scientific exchange among researchers from social and natural science disciplines worldwide. It sponsors a research database and a cyber seminar series.
  • Population Reference Bureau: Provides timely,objective information on U.S. and international population trends. They seek to inform policymakers, educators, the media, and concerned citizens working in the public interest about the demographic trends that shape our world. PRB is a nonprofit, nonadvocacy organization. The PRB webside provides access to several publications, including Population Today, full text and/or excerpts from special reports, world population data sheets, and a variety of other reference information.
  • Population Research Institute: Provides an organizational setting for interdisciplinary population research and training. The institute includes more than forty faculty associates and fifty graduate students from eleven different departments in the social and agricultural sciences and in health-related fields. Website provides information about study and research programs, access to the PRI's Library catalog and data archive,
  • The RAND Corporation Population and Ageing Program: Analyzes demographic and immigration trends and explores a range of concerns, from family planning to religion to discrimination. RAND also addresses vulnerable populations—such as the elderly and the poor—analyzing retirement and other aspects of financial decision making, welfare, and end-of-life issues.
  • Refugee Studies Centre: Its objectives are to carry out multidisciplinary research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration; to disseminate the results of that research to policy makers and practitioners, as well as within the academic community; and to understand the experience of forced migration from the point of view of the affected populations.
    &bnsp; Forced Migration Online provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide.
  • Refugees International: Refugees International provides early warning in crises of mass exodus. The organization mixes quiet diplomacy and the power of the press to mobilize governments and engage the UN. Our on-the-ground emergency assessment paves the way for relief agencies and human rights organizations to step in with life saving measures.
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: USCR defends the rights of all uprooted people regardless of their nationality, race, religion, ideology, or social group
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: A non-profit organization that works to protect and assist refugees in all regions of the world. Their website contains extensive statistical information (based on the World Refugee Survey), reports and current news related to refugee crises around the world.