Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR)
The Ifo Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR) combines expertise from different research institutions and countries, and hitherto often separated fields in economics. Through this, it contributes towards answering the questions concerning optimal immigration policies.
Diverging demographic developments in Europe and in developing countries create a potential for huge mutual gains from migration. At the same time, the immigration of low-skilled workers and emigration of high-skilled workers pose a challenge to the European social model. How can receiving countries ensure that immigrants are net contributors to public finances? How can receiving countries’ welfare state and labour market institutions and immigration policies be designed so that both receiving countries and immigrants will gain?
To answer these questions, the Ifo Institute has established the Ifo Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR). It provides an integrated approach, bringing together labour economics, public economics, political economics, education economics and globalization research. It provides public goods to the research and policy communities in the form of analysis, policy briefs, workshops, conferences, and educating doctoral students. At a later stage, it will also provide an integrated model to assess the effects of immigration policies. CEMIR aims at achieving a lasting impact on the German and European policy debates on migration.
From 2012 to 2015, it is financed by a grant from the Leibniz Association.
CEMIR integrates different economic fields to answer current questions regarding migration. It achieves a lasting impact through the creation of a center for academic discourse and the promotion of young scientists as well as through being a forum for public debate and information. read on Research Program
The research modules of CEMIR focus on questions regarding optimal immigration policies and the right design of social, educational and labour market institutions. They discuss issues regarding the economic and social integration of immigrants and the competition for talent. An integrated model to assess the effects of immigration policies will be provided at a later stage. read on Modules
CEMIR provides an integrated approach, bringing together labour economics, public economics, political economics, education economics and globalisation research. read on Team
CEMIR is designed as the node of an international network of cooperation. It brings together various research partners, including other distinguished research institutions as well as internationally recognised individual researchers. read on Research Network
CEMIR organizes yearly workshops for migration researchers at graduate student, post doctoral and assistant professor levels. The Center invites senior scholars to give keynote addresses and to comment on work by young researchers. Furthermore, yearly conferences on migration target established researchers and allow CEMIR to establish Ifo as the meeting point for the best researchers in the area. read on Conferences and Workshops
The current refugee crisis poses a major challenge to the European Union. The aim of the Ifo Migration Monitor is to provide up-to-date information both on regular migration and asylum-seekers in the European Union. Ifo Migration Monitor is published by the Ifo Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR) founded in 2012, which aims to play an active role in the immigration debate in Germany and Europe. read on Ifo Migration Monitor