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The Migration Research Unit (MRU)


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MRU LogoThe Migration Research Unit (MRU) is a cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research unit based within the Geography Department at UCL which has academic members and researchers from many different areas of UCL. Established in 1988, the MRU is currently led by Co-Directors Dr Claire Dwyer and, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Professor Emeritus John Salt. The MRU has an established reputation for high quality funded academic research, including grants from ESRC, AHRC, the EU and the Leverhulme Trust and consultancies for clients including the Home Office and DfID and the Home Office. Current research focuses particularly on refugees, humanitarian assistance, diasporas and remittances, religion and multiculturalism. The MRU runs the MSc in Global Migration with around 30 students a year and has more than 15 PhD students. The centre is also the home of the Refuge in Moving World Network which brings together scholars from across UCL working specifically on forced migration.  The MRU runs an annual graduate student conference and a seminar programme.

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