Activities of the Center


CMS-NAU shall undertake research, teaching, training, capacity building, policy development, assessment, implementation, monitoring and review in the area of migration. The Centre shall also run a number of postgraduate programmes on migration in order to produce the critical manpower for professional handling of the burgeoning issues of migration. In both research and postgraduate programmes, the Centre shall blend the academic culture of Nnamdi Azikiwe University with a collaborative thrust that brings academics and professionals together thus promoting a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to the questions of migration. 

Specifically, the Centre shall undertake the following:

  • Research: Based on its aim of advancing understanding of how migration shapes and is shaped by broader development processes, CMS-NAU shall pioneer new theoretical and methodological approaches that produce impactful research. The Centre shall work with researchers and policy-makers within and outside the country to foster better understanding of the multi-level forces driving current migration processes as well as the vital connection of migration and development of peoples and nations. The research interests of the Centre shall be undertaken under the following thematic areas:
    1 – Migration: Policies, Governance and Human Rights
    2 – Education, Brain Drain and Brain Gain
    3 – Labour, Employment and Remittances
    4 – Irregular Migration, Human Trafficking and Smuggling
    5 – Migration: Women, Children and Youth
    6 – Migration: Health, Environment and Climate Change
    7 – Diaspora
    8 – Forced Migration: IDPs, Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    9 – Integration, Return and Reintegration
    10 – Migration Data, Planning and Development

  • Residency: CMS NAU shall provide opportunities and facilities for hosting scholars in residence particularly for scholars and students researching on issues of migration in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Teaching: CMS combines multidisciplinary expertise with analytical thinking to train migration scholars. It brings the latest research in migration methods, concepts and theories from across the academic disciplines and field
    experiences into the study space to create an engaging learning environment. CMS-NAU shall offer postgraduate programs that will be classified for academic and professional purposes. The Centre shall also offer short courses
    designed to address specific issues and problems that arise in the daily engagements of migration policy and field actors;

  • Engagements: CMS-NAU prioritizes collaboration and effective engagement with academics, policy makers, practitioners and the general public. The Centre shall organize conferences, dialogues, symposia and seminars to examine national and international migration issues, to highlight emerging scholarship and research, and to feature creative public policy analyses. Through such engagements CMS-NAU builds both local and global networks and impactful collaborations;

  • Outreach: CMS-NAU shall engage in sensitization programs in schools and other public places to bring the awareness and conversation on migration dynamics to the grassroots. In order to achieve the end of these sensitization programs, the Centre shall liaise with relevant agencies for vocational training and skills acquisition.

  • Publications: CMS-NAU shall undertake publications that promote evidence-based scholarship on all areas of national and international migration. Such publications may include survey of national and regional mobility and human security; reviews of migration policies and programs, academic journals; bulletins, migration news, etc.