Ten « Convergence Institutes » (collab­o­ra­tive insti­tutes) exist in France. They were created in 2016 and 2017 on behalf of an inter­na­tional jury leading the 2nd Programme des Investissements d’avenir.

What is their goal ? To gather research work, bringing together about 200 researchers from various insti­tu­tions in order to combine disci­plines and create an orig­inal training program. The French Collaborative Institute on Migration (CI Migration) is the only program that asso­ciates social sciences, human sciences and health sciences. 

It is composed of 5 depart­ments plus 1 depart­ment for the curric­ular. The CI Migration orga­nizes common research activ­i­ties (semi­nars, scien­tific events, publishing…) and finances merging research projects as well as young researcher’s work. A new Master’s degree program will open in September 2020, it will combine human sciences, social sciences and life sciences. 

The main goal of the Institute is to encourage a dialogue between science and society with two main actions : to analyze news events through its online maga­zine De facto and to estab­lish a part­ner­ship with local offi­cials (teachers, asso­ci­a­tions, health care prac­ti­tioners, social services…). 

Our missions

The European refugees crisis of the summer of 2015 orig­i­nated the idea for the Institute. However, the topics are not limited to the refugee crisis.

International migra­tion covers various disci­plines, such as : geog­raphy, history, demog­raphy, economics, law, polit­ical sciences, soci­ology, anthro­pology, ethics, social epidemi­ology and infectiology.

It is the mission of CI Migration to cover all these aspects of migra­tion with work projects and a training program.

Comprehensive overview

Three affil­i­a­tion campaigns (March 2018, April 2018 and April 2019) abled the CI Migration to select 394 researchers and 72 PhD students. The member­ship is for a 3 year period (renew­able).

Two thirds of the fellows are founders of the CI Migration, one third come from French univer­si­ties, foreign univer­si­ties or other organisms.

Fellows distribution in the departments
  • DYNAMICS : 50
  • GLOBAL : 90
  • HEALTH :51
  • INTEGER : 94
  • POLICY : 99

We try to asso­ciate different disci­plines and themes among each depart­ment. The HEALTH depart­ment, for instance is composed of econ­o­mists, demog­raphy researchers, histo­rians, anthro­pol­o­gists as well as Public Health special­ists, epidemi­ol­o­gists, soci­ol­o­gists or geog­raphy researchers.

The CI Migration wants to renew the rela­tion between science and society when it comes to migra­tion issues. For this, it has edited a maga­zine called De Facto to analyze the news with a crit­ical and construc­tive eye.

We consider that a scien­tific researcher cannot stay neutral when it comes to such a sensi­tive topic, he must elevate the debate. 

We must reframe the magni­tude of the phenom­enon, study existing data, produce new data and compare them in different time and space frames. There is a need to deci­pher argu­ments about migra­tion according to descrip­tive, explana­tory and stan­dard frame­work data.

CI Migrations wishes to dedi­cate funds to reach out to elected offi­cials, asso­ci­a­tions, teachers, admin­is­tra­tions, compa­nies, agencies.

In addi­tion to a Scientific board, CI Migrations has a Territory board, consulted in the design of specific research projects.

View CI Migrations actions to create a dialogue between science and society.

CI Migrations is creating a Master’s degree in Migrations together with EHESS of University Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne. 

We have observed that in this devel­oping research field, existing training programs do not include multi-​disciplinary studies and field work. This new Master’s degree will there­fore complete (and not compete with) the existing Masters dealing with the subject. We intend to train researchers and migra­tion special­ists who will also be able to pursue PhD work in other existing institutions.

We have been granted permis­sion for the Masters in December 2018. We will enroll students as of September 2020.


Director : François HÉRAN, Professor at Collège de France

  • Deputy director : Annabel DESGRÉES DU LOÛ, Research director at IRD
  • Coordination director : Stéphanie MILLAN
  • Scientific activ­i­ties and commu­ni­ca­tion manager : Perin Emel YAVUZ
  • Scientific medi­a­tion and part­ner­ship manager : Jean-​Barthélemi DEBOST
  • Accounting oper­ator : Christine CODINA
  • Accounting oper­ator : Florence ROUILLÉ
  • Coordination of the Master : Claire de Castellane


Its duty is to assist the exec­u­tive board concerning scien­tific and strategic matters.

The members are exec­u­tive direc­tors and head of depart­ments of CI Migration.

    Director : Lisa CHAUVET, Professeur des univer­sités, Université Panthéon Sorbonne
    Scientific coor­di­na­tion : Audrey Lenoël, Postdoctorante à l’Institut Convergences Migrations
    Director : Claire ZALC, Research director, École Normale Supérieure/​EHESS, Institut d’histoire moderne et contem­po­raine – UMR 8066 (IHMC)
    Scientific coor­di­na­tion : Antonin DURAND, Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
    Director : Maria MELCHIOR, Research director, Inserm, Équipe de recherche en épidémi­ologie sociale (ERES), Institut Pierre Louis d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (iPLESP)
    Scientific coor­di­na­tion : Anne GOSSELIN, Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
    Director : Patrick SIMON, Research director, Ined, UR 08 (International migra­tion and Minorities)
    Scientific coor­di­na­tion : Solène BRUN, Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations
    Director : Michel AGIER, Director of Studies, IRD/​EHESS, Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary anthro­pology (IIAC)
    Scientific coor­di­na­tion : Damien SIMONNEAU, Postdoctoral fellow at the CI Migrations

Contact the scien­tific coordinators

    Co-director :
    Natalia MUCHNIKDirector of Studies, EHESS, Historical research center (CRH)
    Marianne BlidonLecturer, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-​SorbonneParis 1 University Institute of demog­raphy (IDUP)


Its mission is to vali­date strategic orien­ta­tions, goals, oper­ating rules as well as budget issues for CI Migration. The board is respon­sible for commu­ni­cating about CI Migration’s actions and goals. The members come from 8 insti­tu­tional part­ners as well as 4 asso­ci­ated UMR.

  • CNRS : Fabrice BOUDJAABAA, ssoci­ated scien­tific director from Institute for Human and Social Sciences (INSHS)
  • EHESS : Romain HURET, Vice-​Président of Research
  • EPHE : Hubert BOST, President
  • Ined : Ariane PAILHE, Deputy Director of Research
  • Inserm : Corinne ALBERTI, Director of ITMO Public Health
  • IRD : Flore GUBERT, Director of the Society and Globalization Department
  • University of Paris 1 Panthéon-​Sorbonne : Jean-​Marie LE GALL, Mission Head for the Condorcet Campus
  • Collège de France : Marylène MESTON DE REN, Managing Director
  • CEE Sciences-​Po/​CNRS : Tommaso VITALE, Research director
  • CERI Sciences-​Po/​CNRS : Hélène THIOLLET, Researcher
  • MIGRINTER University of Poitiers/​CNRS : Olivier CLOCHARD, Director of Migrinter, Researcher
  • URMIS University of Sophia Antipolis/​University of Paris 7 Diderot/​IRD/​CNRS : Dominique VIDAL, Professor
  • John R. Bowen, Dunbar-​Van Cleve Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Louis, USA
  • Ilze Brands-​Kehris, Professor, Mandate holder, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Former Director of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities office, Lund, Sweden
  • Dana Diminescu, Professor and soci­ology researcher, I3 (Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation), Economics and Social sciences depart­ment, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
  • Frédéric Docquier, Professor of Economics, IRES (Institute of economic and social research), Catholic Institute of Louvain, Louvain-​la-​Neuve, Belgium
  • Virginie Guiraudon, Research Director, CEE (Center for European studies), CNRS- Science Po, Paris, France
  • Béatrice Joyeux-​Prunel, Professor of Digital human­i­ties, Literature Faculty, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Myriam Khlat, Research director, UR05 – Health, Epidemyology, Mortality, National Institute of Demographic Studies (Ined), Paris, France
  • Smaïn Laacher, Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Suzanne Lachenicht, Professor of Modern History, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Gérard Noiriel, Director of Studies, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies for Social Issues (IRIS), EHESS, Paris, France
  • Alphonse Yapi-​Diahou, Professor of Geography, LADYSS UMR 7533 (Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces), University of Paris 8, Vincennes-​Saint-​Denis, Saint-​Denis, France
  • Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Professor of Medicine, Director of Inserm, Institute of Immunology, Inflammation, Infectiology and Microbiology (I3M), Member of the team for Analyzing Decisions About Infectious Diseases, APHP Bichat, University of Paris Diderot, Paris, France

The members of the scien­tific board are apointed for four years.

Its mission is to define CI Migration’s research fields while collab­o­rating with asso­ci­a­tions in order to serve local public inter­ests. The commis­sion meets twice a year. It is composed of ten members from asso­ci­a­tions and national and local insti­tu­tions. The commis­sion is designed to be the voice of the people.

  • Malika Latreche, City of Montreuil.
  • Catherine Lewertowski, General Council of Seine-​Saint-​Denis, Department of Woman and Children protection.
    “I am lucky to work in a district where there are people from the whole world. It allows me to witness the prob­lems migrant fami­lies have to face. We must adapt our prac­tice norms and stan­dards as well as widen our qual­i­fi­ca­tions if we wish to under­stand them.”
  • Eunice Mangado-​Lunetta, Students for the Town Foundation Association (AFEV), Paris.
  • Saïd Nerci, Bobigny.
  • Antoine Paumard, Jesuit Refugee Service France (JRSF), Paris.
    “Hospitalty is every day life expe­ri­ence with excep­tional moments, either posi­tive or nega­tive, never­the­less always profound. Hospitality guides us as people : we are all migrants!”.
  • Lionel Pourtau, Habitat et Humanisme, Montreuil.
    “Beyond my scien­tific and oper­a­tional actions, I’ve under­stood that if you wish to make a change you not only have to fix prob­lems ; you also have to find a way to name reality and build a social envi­ron­ment that allows things to be heard.”
  • Catherine Robert, National Education, Anthropologie pour tous, Aubervilliers.
    “Teaching anthro­pology and social sciences before univer­sity allows rational and calm under­standing of multiple world views. We need to under­stand what makes us human, beyond diver­sity and complexity.”
  • Julia Rautenberg, Plaine Commune, Stains.
  • Alfred Spira, National Academy of Medicine, Paris.
    “We must consider health issues in rela­tion to social dynamics and the great contem­po­rary chal­lenges that are envi­ron­mental issues, migra­tions and access to human rights for all”.
  • Hélène Vigny, Banlieues Bleues, Pantin.
    “Promoting world jazz music to an increasing audi­ence together with cultural action and artistic educa­tion contributes to shift people’s world views, espe­cially when they get to meet artists from everywhere.”

A part of CI Migration’s financing comes from calls for appli­ca­tions or work projects.

The board decides with the help of inter­na­tional experts.

Financing explorative research projects

15 000 to 30 000 euros can be granted for a period of three years. To encourage scien­tific coop­er­a­tion between different depart­ments, the team must be multi-​disciplinary. The leader and a majority of team members have to be fellows of the CI Migration.

Individual supporting funds

Twice a year, each spring and autumn, the fellows are able to apply for finan­cial grants from CI Migration to develop and promote their work.

  • inviting foreign colleagues
  • trav­el­ling abroad for research
  • partic­i­pating to inter­na­tional conferences
  • trans­la­tion and re-​writing of scien­tific arti­cles to be published in inter­na­tional press
  • co-​financing scien­tific events
Doctoral grants

Every year CI Migration funds doctoral grants (3 years) and grants for writing thesis (1 year).

Fellows may click on the link below to access the vademecum.

It presents all the aspects of CI Migration : fellow’s status, CI Migration’s people, methods and tools for research, finances, educa­tion, commu­ni­ca­tion, member­ship use, projects and time frames obligations.

Donwload the guide : CI Migrations_Vademecum-sept2019.pdf

As a fellow you are encour­aged to mention your member­ship and use the CI Migration logo when animating events or publishing works.

Please contact CI Migration (the scien­tific activ­i­ties and commu­ni­ca­tion manager or the scien­tific coor­di­nator of your depart­ment : see listed contacts.)

These labels aren’t exclu­sive and can be combined with other memberships.

How to cite the Institute in French and English

Complete name : Institut Convergences Migrations

Acronym : IC Migrations


Complete name : French Collaborative Institute on Migrations

Acronym : CI Migration

How to mention your IC Migration’s fellowship
In your signature

In French : « affilié à l’IC Migrations (2018−2021)”

In English : “CI Migration fellow (2018−2021)”

In published work

In French : Institut Convergences Migrations

In English : French collab­o­ra­tive Institute on Migration

How to mentioning a project with or without financing
With CI Migration funding (mandatory)

Any publi­ca­tion, article, book, collo­quium act, co-​edition, trans­la­tion, etc. or any sort of commu­ni­ca­tion on research financed by IC Migration (either exclu­sively or partially) will have to be labelled as so :

in French : « Ce travail a béné­ficié du soutien financier de l’Institut Convergences Migrations porté par le CNRS, portant la référence ANR-17-CONV-0001 ».

in English : “This work bene­fitted from the finan­cial support of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration, coor­di­nated by the CNRS under the refer­ence ANR-17-CONV-000.”

For written arti­cles : a bottom page note signaled by an asterisk. For books : next to the publisher’s label. As for other publi­ca­tions (exhi­bi­tions, flyers, non-​official publi­ca­tions…) details will have to be arranged between CI Migrations and the researcher.

Without CI Migration financing (not compusory)

Anything published : article, book, report of a collo­quium, trans­la­tion, etc. written by a member or several members of IC Migrations concerning work that has not received financing but is related to IC Migrations subjects can bear the mention :

in French : « Ce travail a été réalisé dans le cadre de l’Institut Convergences Migrations ».

in English : “this work was conducted within the frame­work of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration”.

The use of CI Migrations and Investissements d’Avenir logos

If the CI Migration co-​funds an event, a publi­ca­tion or any other activity, the use of the logo of the CI Migration and Investissements d’Avenir is manda­tory, as follows :

Download the logos (coming soon)

As a fellow, you can use the CI Migrations logo for an event, publi­ca­tion or any other activity, even without funding from CI Migrations (with the agree­ment of other funders). In this case, you should use the simple logo, without any mention of Investissements d’Avenir. Please inform IC Migrations of the use of the logo.

The fellow­ship direc­tory enables you to iden­tify researchers by browsing themes, geograph­ical areas, coun­tries and histor­ical periods. Next update is coming soon.


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