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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

MPG is an independent non-profit organisation that uses the strength of our innovative research and networks to advance evidence-based policies on migration, integration and anti-discrimination. We support creating diverse societies that invest in their future.

MPG employs a multi-dimensional methodology to connect people and communicate the best facts, comparative analysis, trainings, pilot projects and advice to enable stakeholders to improve 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.

Isabelle Chopin, Director
Alexander Wolffhardt, Deputy Director, MPG
Deputy Director
Paul Lira
Financial Manager
Matthias Mertens, Communications Manager
Head of Communications
Evelyn Cols
Office Manager
Gergana Yovova, MPG
Project Manager
Catharina Germaine
Anti-Discrimination Legal Policy Analyst
Dr. Carmine Conte, Legal Policy Analys
Legal Policy Analyst
Olivia Long, Managing Editor
Managing Editor
Dr. Sinem Yilmaz
Integration Policy Analyst

Board of directors

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

Naima Charkaoui

Naima Charkaoui studied political science at Ghent University (Belgium). She has been working on human rights, inequality and racism since 2001.

Carmen Claudín

Carmen 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.

Alain Deneef

Alain Deneef is a Brussels-born entrepreneur and coalition builder. After a career at the helm of large corporations, he is now a consultant in urban and European affairs.

Costanza Hermanin

Costanza 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.

Walter Schmid

Walter 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.

Roeland Vereecken

Roeland Vereecken is the Chair of MPG's Board of directors. He 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.
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