Advancing Alternative Migration Governance

ADMIGOV aims to promote an alternative migration governance model studying the reality of existing polices and practices on the ground.

Project number: GA: 822625 Duration: 2019-2023 (Closed ) Budget: CIDOB: 172.375€; Total: 2.788.870,00€


ADMIGOV takes seriously the principles laid out in the New York Declaration (NYD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to study how alternative approaches to migration governance can be better designed and put into practice. Rather than proposing a top-down study of existing migration policies, ADMIGOV studies the reality of existing policies and practices on the ground to improve migration governance taking into consideration the principles of the NYD and SDGs. ADMIGOV holds an innovative and broad research design covering the whole migration ‘chain’, from entry through to exit and incorporating key issues such as labour migration, protection needs and development goals.

The project includes the study of salient case-study in migration governance, including the Greek islands, Lebanon, and Turkey, to better understand the most important and most problematic processes at play. The project counts on the data of the Danish Refugee Council one of the largest datasets in the world, and aims at generating new indicators of good migration governance, helping the EU put the NYD and SDGs into practice.

CIDOB’s responsibilities and tasks in the project include conducting research and coordinating the work of the thematic package dedicated to Indicators. The team will develop an innovative set of indicators for assessing migration governance that complies with the principles inspiring the SDGs, the New York Declaration and the European agenda on Migration on the one hand, and that responds to the challenges posed by contemporary international mobility flows on the other. Our expertise will also contribute to the thematic package dedicated to the study of labour immigration schemes in the EU for circular and temporary migration. CIDOB will support the construction of an EU inventory on labour migration and will conduct field research in Spain with employers and their organizations to identify hiring and employment practices regarding labour migrants and to understand how labour shortages are met in practice.

The project is composed by a European consortium of 13 partners led by the Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Uva).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693244



Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Uva)


Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

Panepistimio Aigaiou (AEGEAN)

Universite Libre De Bruxelles (ULB)

Aalborg Universitet (AU)

Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Uniwersytet Wroclawski (UWr)

Koc University (KU)

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Dansk Flygtningehjaelp Forening (DRC)

Addis Ababa University (AAU)

Stichting Nederlands Instituut Voor Internationale Betrekkingen Clingendael (Clingendael)

Researchers involved in the project:

  • Berta Güell

Research areas: