BMS suggests these 6 online sources for whom conducting research on refugees, migration, internally displaced persons, and so on.

Mehmet Enes Beşer and Amy Pitonak prepared the list.

1) European Council on Refugees and Exile

A European network of 99 NGOs in 40 European countries, established in 1974. Its diverse membership ranges from large international NGOs with global scope to small organizations of dedicated activists; members work on humanitarian relief, social service provision, legal assistance, litigation, monitoring policy and law, advocacy, and campaigning.

ECRE also provides comprehensive and very useful weekly bulletins.



Recommended Readings

Debunking the “Safe Third Country” Myth

The Road Out of Dublin: Reform of the Dublin Regulation

Protection in Europe: Safe and Legal Access Channels


2) Open Migration

A project created by the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD), a multi-issue organization that supports and empowers civil society groups working in addressing some of the most pressing human rights issues faced by the country today, through a combination of capacity building on policy analysis, advocacy, media strategy and public education. The website includes infographics, OP-EDs, and web reviews.


Open Migration

Recommended Readings

From Nigeria to Catania, the path of victims of sex-trafficking

A fundamental legal guide to rescues at sea

If the EU wants to be bastion of liberal democracy it must stop demonising refugees and migrants too



3) Odysseus Network

It is a network of legal experts in immigration and asylum in Europe, in 1999. The founder was Philippe de Bruycker, professor, and researcher at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), with the financial support of the European Commission. The network provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between academics, policy-makers, practitioners and NGOs in the field of immigration and asylum law and policy.


Odysseus Network

Recommended Readings

Interview with De Bruycker

The new Italian law on unaccompanied minors: a model for the EU?

The Italy-Libya MoU: The baseline of a policy approach aimed at closing all doors to Europe?



4) The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center

When focusing on migration, we must not forget the internally displaced, who make up 61% of the 65.6 million people who have been forced to leave their homes. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, is one of the most comprehensive resources on internal displacement. They provide news articles, full length reports, and updates on ongoing crises. Their site also features an open database with in-depth country profiles that provide information such as a country’s total number of internally displaced persons, changes over time, and the reasons for displacement.




Recommended Readings

Today’s Returning Refugees, Tomorrow’s IDPs

Thematic Series: The Invisible Majority

Lives Across the Frontline: Internal Displacement in a Divided Ukraine



5) Refugees Deeply

Refugees Deeply is a project of News Deeply, based in New York. For those interested in migration-related issues, RD is one of the most useful sources. This digital media project is dedicated to covering the “refugee crisis”. The team consists of a group of journalists and technologists, and aims to provide readers and experts with the kind of in-depth information that no other media outlet can offer. Also, it provides executive summaries that cover the most important news and reports about migration subjects.


Refugees Deeply

Recommended Readings

Berlin’s Education Experiment: Welcome Classes for Refugee Children

Fallout From EU Migration Obsession Rocks Libya

The Tech Entrepreneur Turning Syrian Refugees into Virtual Teachers



6) Istituto Affari Internazionali

A non-profit organization that was founded in 1965 with the aim of promoting an understanding of international politics through studies, research, meetings, and publications. Its website offers hundreds of commentaries, working papers, and articles cover the major problems of the EU, the migration uptick, bilateral agreements, and foreign policy.



Recommended Readings

One Year On: An Assessment of the EU-Turkey Statement on Refugees

The Migration Paradox and EU-Turkey Relations

Macron’s Africa Problem