The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region hosts 34 million migrants, including more than 7 million registered refugees and 15 million internally displaced persons. International and civil conflicts have caused displacement within the region, as well as from Sub-Saharan countries. Under the guidelines of IOM’s Migration Governance Framework (MiGoF), IOM Egypt, in partnership with the American University in Cairo’s Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (AUC/CMRS), has designed an eight-day certificate in migration governance to build the capacity of the governmental and non-governmental actors working on migration related issues in the MENA region.

Based on the positive feedback and the success of the first two editions of the learning programme for Egyptian governmental and non-governmental actors working on migration, IOM Egypt developed a regional curriculum for officials from MENA countries to acquire knowledge and learn tools on migration governance. This practical and comprehensive curriculum supports a whole-of-government approach towards efficient and effective migration governance.


The curriculum is co-delivered by professors from the American University in Cairo and IOM practitioners.

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the different aspects of migration and to understand its correlation with other fields;
  2. Understand the different migration dynamics in the region;
  3. Apply an academic and practical approach to migration governance;
  4. Make use of new insights in the day-to-day practical work.

The sessions cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Migration: Historical background, migration types, migration governance and migration theories
  2. International Migration Law / International Refugee Law
  3. Migration and Development
  4. Labour Migration and Human Mobility
  5. Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants
  6. Humanitarian Border Management
  7. Migration and Emergencies
  8. Research Methodology


The curriculum is delivered with a combination of different methodologies, such as presentations, discussions and interactive sessions. Instructors will be using exercises, case studies, working groups, hosting guest speakers and other adult learning approaches to achieve optimal capacity building. The programme comprises of various activities reflecting real life examples from different countries and sharing best practices through hands-on activities, with a focus on learning-by-doing.

Exchanges among participants, practitioners and academics will provide a rewarding experience to support the development of managerial and analytical skills, in addition to thematic knowledge.


The programme is designed for governmental and non-governmental participants working on migration-related fields, particularly at implementation and policy level, in the MENA region.