Research mission


The Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) was founded in 2005 at the University of Antwerp, on the initiative of a group of researchers who were working together within the framework of the Antwerp Centre for Migrant Studies. This was an interdisciplinary and open platform for researchers, policymakers and other members of society.
CeMIS thus continues to build on the existing research tradition within the University regarding migration and intercultural studies.


CeMIS’s objective is to bring together the available research expertise within various disciplines and better understand the complexity of migration and intercultural coexistence. The centre wants to promote the understanding of the impact of migration and intercultural processes on daily life in a globalised and diverse society.

CeMIS pursues this social objective with interdisciplinary, fundamental and applied scientific research and academic education. The centre focuses on five major areas of research:

  1. Integration & Education
  2. Integration & Newcomers/Refugees
  3. Migration & Climate Change
  4. Migration & Refugees
  5. Migration & Digital Space

 In addition, CeMIS provides a pluralistic and open platform for various stakeholders, such as universities and university colleges, governments and civil society, allowing them to establish a dialogue with a view to developing and acquiring science-based and policy-relevant insights into the themes of migration and integration.

CeMIS specifically targets the academic community of the Antwerp University Association as well as national and international researchers in the field of migration and intercultural studies, policymakers and various civil society organisations.