The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) are glad to announce the Certificate in Migration Governance – Fourth Edition: 2019 – 2020

Egypt is widely recognised as an important origin, transit and destination country for migration. It is also a key country in terms of geographic position, along different migratory routes from the Horn of Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Certificate, jointly delivered by IOM Egypt and Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo, aims at providing different stakeholders dealing with migration with a comprehensive and shared knowledge on how to effectively and efficiently govern and manage this phenomenon. Moreover, the courses will allow participants to realize areas of possible synergies and future partnership. The geographic coverage of the course will primarily focus on the Egyptian context with reference to best practices and lessons learnt from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as worldwide.

The Programme

The Certificate is composed of six modules:

1. Introduction to Migration: a Historical Background and Migration Governance

Participants will learn basic terms and definitions on migration, past/current trends and patterns of international migration. The module will provide an historical overview of multilateral cooperation on migration, including the treatment of migration within the UN system, the role of IOM, and existing formal and informal cooperation processes and fora at regional and international levels. Lastly, participants will reflect on the concept and practice of migration governance and learn about IOM Migration Governance Framework.

2. International Migration Law/International Refugee Law

Participants will obtain an introduction to the international legal framework which governs migration. The topics covered will be States’ legal responsibilities and authority regarding migration, including nationality, admission, stay, detention, expulsion, as well as the rights and obligations of migrants. International labour law and protection of non-nationals, especially vulnerable groups, will be analysed. Lastly, a panorama of the legal framework governing refugees and internally displaced persons will be provided.

3. Migration and Development

Participants will understand how migration policy can impact development objectives and vice versa, as well as look at how migration policies can be integrated into regional and national development strategies. Key issues to be covered include, inter alia, economic immigration policies, remittance trends and their impact on poverty alleviation and development, brain drain/brain circulation, diaspora engagement and diaspora influence in politics, business, trade, and drain/brain circulation, diaspora engagement and diaspora influence in politics, business, trade, and professional development, mainstreaming migration into development.

4. Labour Migration and Human Mobility

This module will discuss the economic considerations surrounding migration and will focus particularly on the relationship between migration policy, labour market and economic development policy from the perspective of both countries of origin and destination. Participants will learn about the different types of labour mobility, as well as the social and economic causes and impact of labour mobility at the micro level for migrants and their families, as well as at the macro level for countries of origin and destination. Finally, issues related to sustainable return and reintegration of migrants in their country of origin will be addressed. 

5. Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants

The module will present in detail the crimes of trafficking in persons and points out the difference with migrant smuggling. Participants will learn the purpose and challenges of identifying trafficked persons both through the provision of the international legal tools as well as in practice. Participants will review State obligations under the relevant international legal frameworks criminal proceedings and strategies to combat trafficking in persons. Different forms of international cooperation to combat trafficking and assist the victims will be described as well as best practices and lessons learnt from other countries will be mentioned. A specific focus on the Egypt national legislation and strategy to combat trafficking in persons will lastly be provided.

6. Migration Management in Crises / Migration Crises Operational Framework and Migrant in Countries in Crisis

In a holistic and comprehensive manner, this module looks at the different stages of human or nature-induced disaster situations and its relationship with migration management, including internal displacement and forced migration. Subjects and samples of pre-disaster preparedness and mitigation, rescue and relief, and post-disaster rehabilitation will be presented. Furthermore, during the module, the psychosocial dimensions of the migrants, including the ethno-cultural aspects, will be addressed.

Cross-cutting topics

Migration health; Migration and gender; Migrants’ protection; International Cooperation on Migration.

Additional Information

Why apply for the Certificate
  • Becoming aware of the multifaceted aspects of migration and the wide range of policy responses that can be considered in a comprehensive approach;
  • Obtaining analytical and practical capacities in dealing with migration;
  • Enhancing skills and knowledge in migration management and governance.
  • Obtaining an internationally recognised professional and academic qualification;
  • Learning the latest insights, developments in strategic migration management from leading experts;
  • Networking and sharing ideas with peers, colleagues and other stakeholders.

Fully-funded by IOM (for selected participants).


Up to 30 Governmental/Non-Governmental officials working on a field related to migration; mid/senior ranking preferred.


Upon the attendance of at least 80 % of each module (at least 13 hours) and successfully passed all the six post-training tests.


Each module has a duration of 20 hours, taught for five consecutive days in a month.

1. Module

15-18 December 2019

2. Module

5-8 January 2020

3. Module

2-6 February 2020

4. Module

23-26 February 2020

5. Module

                                      15-18 March 2020

6. Module

12-15 April 2020

Workshop and Graduation Ceremony




The modules are taught according to the below calendar. Each day from 16.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs.


Instructors from the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and IOM Thematic Specialist will co-teach during the six modules through interactive lectures, best practice and case studies, fostering innovation and creative learning.


American University in Cairo, Downtown campus located in 113 Kasr El Aini St. P.O. Box 2511, Cairo, 11511, Egypt.


Available in both English and Arabic


For more information about the Organizers, check out their websites

To apply click click here

For further information

Mohamed Hashem, Programme Support Assistant – Capacity Building, IOM Egypt. Email:; Phone: +2 01118111581