Past Projects


Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries as Countries of Destination

Interest in the contribution of migrants to development has increased considerably among policy maker, development planners and practitioners. Some governments have adopted policies in this regard to maximize the benefits from migration while minimizing the costs. Considerable research and knowledge has also been produced on the subject, with a large body of literature on the migration-development nexus. However, the focus has been on migrants’ remittances to countries of origin. Read more

The Role of Door-to-Door Operators in Ghanaian International Migration

This project seeks to address a critical gap in knowledge about the operations of a major transnational business which has a direct bearing on the livelihood strategies adopted by Ghanaian migrants in their attempt to participate in socio-economic development in their country of origin.  ‘Door-to-Door’ operators are businesses that collect and ship goods from specific addresses in the UK to specific addresses in Ghana.  Read more

Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action

This study is part of the Research Component of the European Union-funded project titled “Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action” which aims at providing accessible, methodologically robust and policy relevant data on the migration implications of crisis situations in host countries.  Read More

MOP Research Projects

Migration to Cities in Ghana:  An analysis of the counterfactual

This study examines the impact of rural-urban migration on the welfare of migrant-sending households in Ghana by exploring what their living standards might have been had their migrant members remained at home. While earlier counterfactual analysis largely focused on economic gains and losses, we also examined social counterfactuals of migration to cities. The data were obtained from a household survey conducted among 1,132 households selected from five regions of Ghana. Read more


The NUFFIC project aims at providing institutional support to the Centre for Migrations Studies to strengthen its capacity to address research, teaching and training and policy gaps in migration studies and to provide policy advice, training and consultancy work on migration to stakeholders. The MDF consortium is made up of the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), the Radboud University (Nijmegen) and led by MDF Training & Consultancy (EDF).


Intra-Regional Labour Migration Project

The "Facilitating Intra Regional Labour Migration in the ECOWAS Region" project seeks to improve the evidence base for programmes and policies aiming at facilitating labour mobility within the region of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is a nine (9) month research project commissioned by the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration based in Brussels.

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MAFE: a joint study between civil society and researchers for a better understanding of Ghanaian migrations.

MAFE aims at:

  • producing reliable data and statistics on migrations between Ghana and Europe
  • share and discuss results with decision-makers, migrants and civil society

More than 1 500 migrants and their family will be contacted in Accra and Kumasi and in the Netherlands and the UK in 2009.

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Project Justification and Purpose: Irregular migration from Africa to Europe has been a persistent phenomenon in the last few decades. In Ghana irregular migration has also been on the increase though there is no actual data to support this. However, despite the increasing reports of Ghanaians involved in irregular migration there is little empirical research to aid our understanding of the nature, scale, and recent evolution of irregular Ghanaian migration. In the light of this, the study aims at undertaking research in selected communities in two districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region in Ghana. This research project was funded by the British High Commission.

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The "Migrating out of Poverty" Research Programme (RPC) is a consortium of universities and research institutions undertaking research focusing on the relationship between migration and poverty in six regions across Asia, Africa and Europe. The project funded by the UK's Department for International Development will run from 2011 to 2017. The RPC is coordinated by the University of Sussex.

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Transnational Child Raising Arrangement (TCRA)

Transnational family arrangements are prevalent in the world over with one or both parents located overseas and children left in their country of origin to be raised by an extended family member or friend. In some cases such arrangements are the result of stringent migration policies in Europe and elsewhere in the global North, which make it difficult for families to migrate together. In others, they are the preferred choice of family members especially in societies where child fostering is a common practice such as in many places in Africa.

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