Certificate in Migration Governance

International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS)

are glad to announce the 3rd Edition of the Certificate in Migration Governance - Third Edition: 2018 - 2019


Introduction and Objective


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

Basic terms and definitions on migration, past/current trends and patterns of international migration; 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; concept and practice of migration governance and IOM Migration Governance Framework.

2. International Migration Law

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

How migration policy can impact development objectives and vice versa, as well as look at how migration policies can be integrated into 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 development.

4. Labour Migration and Human Mobility

Economic considerations surrounding migration and focus particularly on the relationship between migration policy, labour market and economic development policy from the perspective of both countries of origin and destination. 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 and Border Management  

Presentation of the crimes of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, how to identify victims and assist them. 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 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 be provided. Presentation on modern migration and border management concepts and the new security challenges imposed by the 2011 uprisings in the region.

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 relation 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.


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 government/non-government officials working on a field related to migration; mid/senior ranking preferred; English language abilities 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

28-31 Oct. 2018

2. Module

18-22 Nov. 2018

3. Module

9-13 Dec. 2018

4. Module

13-16 Jan. 2019

5. Module


6. Module

21-24 Apr. 2019

Workshop and Graduation Ceremony




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


One instructor from CMRS and one from IOM 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

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS)

AUC Code of Conduct

To apply click here

For further information

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