Whether voluntary or forced, well-governed or irregular, migration is an issue of global importance with profound local impacts. Indeed, we live in an unprecedented period of human mobility. Understanding it requires research into the drivers, routes, and actors involved in smuggling and trafficking; developments in border controls and regional security; the spread of anti-migration politics; political failure to cope with the global refugee crisis; and comparative studies of settlement and integration policies in receiving states in both the global north and global south.

The Global Migration Lab facilitates teaching, knowledge generation, and policy-relevant research on all aspects of migration and migration governance. The Munk School and the city of Toronto – one of the world’s great migration cities – offer the perfect vantage point for understanding global migration.