About CEMI


Centre for Migration (CEMI) was established in 2011 in the Group 484, as a result of seventeen years of experience working in the field of forced migrants and ten years of migration research. Through the work of the Centre we want to influence the development of policies and legislation that enable the full realization of the rights and potentials of migrants, and to encourage interest in the professional and general public in Serbia for the issue of migrations, which are recognized worldwide as significant for the development of the society.

According to the World Bank, the world has a total of 215 million international migrants, which is 3% of world population. Migration is associated with all the challenges faced by each society – the development, production and economic growth, demographic changes, maintaining the social security system, ensuring social cohesion and intercultural dialogue and human rights and the rule of law. Therefore, the migration and development are the central theme of European policies.

In Serbia, a small number of researchers are dealing with the topic of migration, so empirical researches and scientific papers published about this phenomenon are extremely rare.  Pessimistic perspectives in understanding migration still dominate and the Centre through its work wants to point to their positive side as well.


Centre began its work through the study of forced migrants and their integration into the new environment. Then we began to research economic migration in the Western Balkan region, especially the youth and migration of high-skilled professionals. Based on our research, we encourage development of migration policies.

In its research activities and projects, Centre pay great attention to the development of cooperation between researchers, academic and government institutions and relevant non-governmental organizations in the Western Balkans and in the wider international framework.

In addition to research, the Centre organizes and participates in numerous conferences, roundtables, public and scientific meetings, aiming to promote key results of their researches and advocating for changes in public policy that should contribute to social development and social inclusion of vulnerable migrant groups.

Centre objectives:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of all forms of migration flows in Serbia in the context of global migration trends,
  • To encourage the academic community to engage in the study of migration and to participate in the creation of migration policies,
  • Influence decision makers to create a migration policy that enable the full realization of human rights of migrants as well as their potentials for economic and social development of the community
  • Develop regional and international cooperation in the field of migration

Centre activities:

  • Research projects
  • Advocacy
  • Educational activities (trainings, seminars, professional practice)
  • Publishing
  • Networking
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