DRC Introduces New Leading Think Tank on Mixed Migration

Population movements are becoming more and more complex. There is rarely one reason to why people feel forced to leave their home, but the paths they take and obstacles they meet are often the same. As an international human rights organization dedicated to assist the ever-growing number of refugees, data is a vital tool to find out who needs help and where. To collect and analyze this data, the Danish Refugee Council has established the Mixed Migration Centre and is thereby taking a major step to become a leading global think tank in the field.


The phenomenon mixed migration covers the fact that population movements have become less predictable and simple: People are travelling along the same routes, using the same transportation, and experiencing the same violations of their rights. But the groups of people following the most common migration routes are often complex and include migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, stateless persons and unaccompanied children. They are on the move for different reasons, such as climate change, natural disasters, political problems, poverty, conflict, lack of opportunity, violence or persecution. And this complexity demands new solutions.

To know more about these new and complex patterns of migration, the Danish Refugee Council founded the Mixed Migrations Centre (MMC) at the beginning of 2018. The centre collects and analyses data and aims at becoming the leading think tank in the area. And having just launched a new homepage, this new knowledge will also be accessible to the public.

Same risk but different options
Refugees are protected under the Refugee Convention and internally displaced persons have rights as citizens in the country where they are displaced. While migrants who are moving in mixed migration flows also have basic human rights, these people are often without much protection and many become victims of criminals or corrupt officials. 

Whether people are legally classified as refugees or seen as migrants, they face the same risks, and, in many cases, they have the same vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is DRC’s opinion, they should be secured the same protection along the migration routes.

A think tank on mixed migration
DRC has for several years worked on mixed migration, but in February 2018 DRC gathered the competences and opened the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) in Geneva. MMC acts as an independent source of data, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration for policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and the broader humanitarian sector. The MMC will bring together DRC’s various existing mixed migration entities and will contribute to protection and assistance responses for people on the move.

Bram Frouws is Head of the new Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) in Geneva and hopes that DRC’s think tank on mixed migration can become a key actor on the global field.

“We want people to know that we produce interesting and sometimes thought-provoking research on mixed migration. Part of that is to become the go-to research centre on mixed migration – this is where you go if you want to know something about mixed migration,” Bram Frouws says.

Read more about the Mixed Migration Centre on the new website www.mixedmigration.org