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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.

The MRU is currently led by Co-Directors Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Dr Johanna Waters, Dr Mette Berg and Prof. Emeritus John Salt. The Unit was established in 1988 by Professor Salt and the late Prof. Claire Dwyer was Co-Director of the MRU until 2019.

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 Department for International Development (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 20 students a year, has more than 15 affiliated PhD students, and convenes an annual graduate student conference. The MRU is also the home of the Refuge in Moving World Network which brings together scholars from across UCL working specifically on forced migration. The Migration and Society journal is co-edited by MRU Co-Directors Dr. Mette Berg, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Dr. Johanna Waters.

You can follow the MRU on @UCL_MRU.

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