Interesting Links (*)

This list of resources is still growing. We actively solicit your suggestions for new links. Furthermore, we invite you to create links to the RCM page on your own migration-related web-site. These sites are not part of the Regional Conference on Migration Virtual Secretariat. The RCMVS has no control over their content or availability.

In addition to the classification shown below, we also facilitate the access to the websites of RCM Observer Organizations, to the Regional Network of Civil Organizations for Migration (RNOCM) and to information about other Regional Consultative Processes:


News on Migration

Migration News at Migration Dialogue

The purpose of Migration News is to provide a monthly summary of recent immigration developments that can be read in 60 minutes or less. Many issues also contain summaries and reviews of recent research publications.

International Organizations


Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)


Established February 1948, ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives. The 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are member States of ECLAC, together with several North American, Asian and European nations that have historical, economic and cultural ties with the region, reaching a total of 44 member States. Nine non-independent territories in the Caribbean are associate members of the Commission.


División de Estadísticas y Proyecciones Económicas de la CEPAL

La base de datos de la División de Estadísticas (BADECEL) contiene datos anuales referidos al intercambio comercial de bienes de 25 países de América Latina, el Caribe y Norteamérica, desde 1970 a la fecha. Estas estadísticas son entregadas a la CEPAL por la Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración (ALADI), la Secretaría Permanente del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA), la Comunidad Andina, y la División de Estadística de las Naciones Unidas.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)


The IACHR is an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS). Its mandate is found in the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The IACHR represents all of the member States of the OAS. It has seven members who act independently, without representing any particular country. The members of the IACHR are elected by the General Assembly of the OAS.


Migration and Development Program - MIDE


The Migration and Development Program - MIDE coordinates OAS initiatives on migration matters and promotes its crosscutting outreach in the diverse areas of the Organization.


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC has 21 members - referred to as "Member Economies" - which account for approximately 40.5% of the world's population, approximately 54.2% of world GDP and about 43.7% of world trade.


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development


The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries , NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics , to trade , education , development and science and innovation.


Council of Europe


The Council of Europe covers the most important issues faced by the Eropean society, except Defense. Its work includes human rights, media, legal cooperation, social cohesion, health, education, culture, heritage, sports, youth, local democracy, trans border cooperation, environment and regional planning.


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.


Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


The central mandate of the UNHCR has not changed since its creation, the General Assembly of United Nations has entrusted it the protection of the refugees within the framework of its Statute and of the Convention of 1951 on the Refugees and the search of lasting solutions to the problems of the refugees.


Organización Internacional del Trabajo


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations devoted to promote social justice and the international human rights of workers. The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon decent treatment of working people. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.


The Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM)


The Global Commission on International Migration launched in Geneva on 9 December 2003 in the presence of United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. The Global Commission on International Migration closed on 31 December 2005.


Think Tanks, Conferences, and Research


Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

WOLA promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad.

Sistema de Información Estadística sobre las Migraciones en Mesoamérica

El SIEMMES se propone el establecimiento de un Sistema de Información Estadística que permita conocer y monitorear la magnitud y características de los movimientos migratorios que se producen entre, desde y hacia los países de América Central, mediante la articulación y compatibilización de los datos generados por las distintas fuentes de los siete países centroamericanos: Belice, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua y Panamá.

The Migration Policy Institute

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.

Migration Information Source


The Migration Information Source provides fresh thought, authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends. A unique, online resource, the Source offers useful tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of people worldwide.


Bali Ministerial Conference Website


The Bali Process brings participants together to work on practical measures to help combat people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crimes in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


Center for Immigration Studies


The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization. Since its founding in 1985, it have pursued a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.


Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1964. Its primary goal is to support and undertake research, and to provide a forum for debate on international migration.

Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health

Research, education and policies on the health needs of refugees and migrants.

Conference on Sudden Forced Migration Emergencies in the Americas

Research at the OAS about sudden forced migration emergencies and internal displacements.

International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC)

The International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC) is a collaborative undertaking involving scholars and researchers from The New School and other New York-area universities (including Columbia University, New York University, City University of New York, and Fordham University), which engages in scholarly research, public policy analysis, and graduate education bearing on international migration, refugees, and the incorporation of newcomers into host societies. In addition, ICMEC hosts conferences, workshops, and community forums at The New School for Social Research to bring together international and area scholars, practitioners and policymakers.

Mexican Migration Project

The Mexican Migration Project (MMP) was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The project is a binational research effort and has offices, in Mexico, at the Departamento de Investigacion sobre Movimientos Sociales of the University of Guadalajara and, in the United States, at the Office of Population Research of Princeton University.

Migration Dialogue

Promotes informed discussions on international migration issues.

Australian Institute of Criminology

The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. The Institute seeks to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

US-Mexico Binational Migration Study Report

The main objective of the Binational Study is to contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the nature, dimensions, and consequences of migration from Mexico to the United States. It also provides an opportunity to identify options to respond to these movements.


Eurasylum Ltd is a European research organisation that conducts complex and sensitive policy research, evaluation and advisory activities dedicated solely to issues of immigration and asylum policy internationally. Eurasylum’s services are targeted primarily at Governments, the European Commission and international organizations. Their activities are overseen by an international advisory board, which includes a range of reputable academics and national and international senior government officials.

Council for Migration

The Rat für Migration is a widely known scientific network consisting of German experts that deal with questions of migration, integration and minorities.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

Red Regional de Organizaciones Civiles para las Migraciones (RROCM)

La RROCM está conformada por redes nacionales, instituciones, organizaciones y personas que trabajan el tema de las migraciones y se preocupan por los Derechos de las personas migrantes. es una red de analistas e investigadores interesados por la cuestión de las remesas, los fondos en divisas que los emigrantes envían a sus familias en sus países de origen. Ofrece un espacio para que analistas e investigadores hagan públicas sus investigaciones, facilitando información para la comunidad que utiliza las remesas, desde empresas especializadas en su envío hasta emigrantes.


Casa Alianza


Casa Alianza is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation and defence of street children in Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. Casa Alianza operates street children programmes in Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. We additionally have international offices in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and the United States.


Canadian Council for Refugees

This non-profit agency provides extensive documentation of their own work in immigration and refugee rights, international policy analysis, as well as the opportunity to subscribe to the CCRListServ.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

Sin Fronteras, I.A.P.

Sin Fronteras I. A. P. es una organización civil mexicana sin fines de lucro, apartidista y laica. Atiende la problemática migratoria y del refugio desde una visión integral para garantizar el respeto a los derechos humanos y el mejoramiento de las condiciones de vida de los migrantes, refugiados y sus familias. Lo hace a través de la promoción, la defensa, el apoyo social y legal, la educación, la difusión, la vinculación y la participación en el desarrollo de legislación, políticas y programas migratorios.

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef) es una institución de investigación científica y de educación superior, especializada en el estudio de la problemática de la región fronteriza de México con Estados Unidos.

InterAction: American Council for Voluntary International Action

The InterAction website includes extensive links to over 160 non-profit organizations involved in international humanitarian relief, sustainable development efforts, and refugee and disaster aid.  Their Committee on Migration and Refugee Affairs provides a forum through which the agencies coordinate their programs and policies, build consensus on refugee issues, and interface with the US government, the UNHCR, and other international agencies  

Migration and Refugee Services

Migration information and services from the American National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Washington Office on Latin America

News updates and program descriptions from a key player in U.S. policy debates over human rights and foreign policy in Latin America. Includes contact information and a great links database.

Websites on Human Rights

Amnesty International

News releases, reports, campaigns, and a wealth of human rights information.  There is a Spanish-language site.

Human Rights Watch

Includes a fully searchable archive of their publications, testimony, policy recommendations, and research. 

National Network for Immigrants and Refugees Rights

Includes news archives, publications, fact sheets, and programming information from NNIRR, a coalition designed to involve, support, and empower immigrant communities to address the critical issues in their neighborhoods and workplace.

December 18

The mission of December 18 is to promote the protection of the rights of migrants worldwide. Their goal is to ensure that the human rights of all migrants are known, recognized and protected effectively, and that an environment is created for migrants to be full participants in any society.

Migration around the World

Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior

El IME cubre las funciones de la Oficina Presidencial para la Atención de las Comunidades Mexicanas en el Extranjero y del Programa para las Comunidades Mexicanas en el Exterior; cuenta con un Consejo Consultivo integrado por 152 miembros, representantes de la comunidad mexicana y mexicano-americana en Estados Unidos.

Forced Migration Projects of the Open Society Institute

The Forced Migration Projects are action-oriented programs that monitor circumstances in the 15 countries that emerged or re-emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in order to warn of forced movements and identify conditions that may cause such dislocations.

Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration

The CARIM website is a tool for disseminating data and analyses on migration in the following countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. All are studied as origin, transit and destination countries.

Migration Sector NGO Research Center

Website on migration in Georgia and the former Soviet Union.

Southern Africa Migration Project

The Southern African Migration Project is a multi-faceted research, policy and training programme designed to facilitate the formulation and implementation of new initiatives on cross-border population migration in the region.

Study Centre on Immigration (Centro Studi Immigrazione) of Verona (Italy)

Provides information to those interested in gaining appropriate and in depth knowledge of the current migration phenomena, with special focus on the Italian context.

Pacific Immigration Directors' Conference

The principal objective of the PIDC is to promote consultation and cooperation among Immigration agencies within the Pacific region. The Conference also provides for exchange of ideas, the dissemination of information and the provision of technical assistance.

International Migration

This website offers information on international migration from a variety of perspectives, inlcuding documented and undocumented migration, refugees, etc. It places special emphasis on US-Mexico migration. It also offers links to other sites on the subject.

Migration Online on international migration issues in Central and Eastern Europe

Migration Online – reporting on migration issues in Central and Eastern Europe, is an endeavor affiliated with the Multicultural Centre Prague. Apart from the original Czech website the project has recently developed an English language website WWW.MIGRATIONONLINE.CZ to be used as a resource database and a communication tool for experts, NGOs, policy makers and members of the general public interested in international migration in the Czech Republic and other countries within Central and Eastern Europe. By making articles, studies, legislation and literature concerning migration available to a wider audience, Migration Online serves as an outlet of information in an effort to understand and study the social transformation and creation of cultural identities currently taking place.

The Inter-University Committee on International Migration

Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of the Center for International Studies (CIS).

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