MIGNEX – Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus – is a five-year research project (2018–2023) with the core ambition of creating new knowledge on migration, development and policy. It involves researchers at nine institutions in Europe, Africa and Asia.

The MIGNEX team at Consortium Meeting 1, November 2018. Photo: Georgina Berry, CC BY.

MIGNEX is driven by one overarching objective: Contribute to more effective and coherent migration management through evidence-based understanding of the linkages between development and migration.  

In other words, our primary job is to show how development processes affect migration and how migration processes affect development. The motivation lies in the promise of better policies. By better policies we mean policies that achieve their stated objectives, pull in the same direction, and engage with conflicts of interest in a meaningful way.


MIGNEX is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. It is one of the largest-ever European-funded research projects on migration. MIGNEX informs the development of European policy, but the project is carried out independently and produces findings and recommendations that may or may not support prevailing policy positions in the European Union. 


MIGNEX is carried out by a consortium of nine partners: Peace Research Institute Oslo (coordinator), Danube University Krems, University of Ghana, Koç University, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Maastricht University, the Overseas Development Institute, the University of Oxford and Samuel Hall.