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About MPG

The Migration Policy Group is an independent think-and-do tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.

Our Mission

Employing a multi–dimensional methodology, MPG connects people to the best facts, comparative analysis, training, pilots and advice, so that policy and law makers, and stakeholders can improve their legislation, policies and practices. We articulate this mission through four primary activities:

  • Gathering, analysing and sharing information.
  • Creating opportunities for dialogue and mutual learning.
  • Engaging stakeholders in policy debate.
  • Establishing, inspiring and managing expert networks.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where everyone fully participates and contributes to an inclusive society and public life. People of all backgrounds must have and should know and use their rights to equal treatment, equal opportunities and safe and orderly migration.

Our History

The Migration Policy Group is committed to achieving lasting progress towards more open and inclusive societies. Since MPG’s establishment in 1995, we have played a pivotal role in shaping European laws and policies. Many original MPG initiatives have become established features of the European Union’s legal and policy landscape.

Read our full history

Our Values

  • Commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination
  • Respect for rule of law
  • Recognition of the benefits and challenges of diversity
  • Promotion of inclusive democracy and policymaking
  • Learning from shared experiences and cooperation across borders and sectors
  • Using rigorous independent analysis as the basis for debate and innovation
  • Valuing partnerships as the key to achieve our vision


MPG’s staff is multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual and of different national and ethnic origin. Most of our international team is based at our office in Brussels.

Research Director
Project and Financial Manager
Integration Policy Analyst
Legal Policy Analyst
Anti-Discrimination Legal Policy Analyst
Policy and Statistical Analyst
Campaign Coordinator
Content and Promotion Manager
Office Manager

Board of directors

MPG’s Board members are selected to ensure a diversity of expertise and ethnic and national origin.

Ilze Brands Kehris

Ms Brands Kehris was the Chairperson of the Board of MPG.

Carmen Claudín

Ms Claudín is a Senior Research Fellow Associate at CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, where she has been the Director of Research since 1998 and previously Deputy Director from September 1999.

Roeland Vereecken

Mr Vereecken is a corporate finance and M&A professional at Vandelanotte since October 2015. Prior to that, he was active as a legal manager at Mazars Legal Services where he consulted companies, associations and NGOs on all legal aspects of their activities.

Walter Schmid

Mr Schmid is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Arts and Sciences Lucerne, Switzerland. From 2003 until 2016, he was Dean of the department of Social Work.

Costanza Hermanin

Ms Hermanin is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs of John Cabot University in Rome. She has been teaching for over ten years in various universities across Europe.
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