Migrinter is a research laboratory specialised in the study of international migrations. Created in 1985 by the geographer Gildas Simon, Migrinter contributes for more than thirty years to institutionalise the study of migrations nationally as well as internationally. Its members (researchers, university lecturers and researchers, research support staff) strive for a comparative and multidisciplinary approach of migrations (geography, anthropology, law, history, communication and information sciences, sociology etc.). They pay particular attention to ethic issues linked to research and commit to the production of a shared knowledge between education, institutions and civil society. They play an active role in epistemological and methodological debates and engage in the creation of a critical space for reflexion on international migrations.
Research conducted in the Migrinter laboratory rely on varied tools like cartography, statistics, administrative resources, ethnographical surveys, bibliographical interviews, legal corpus etc. Fieldworks both take place in and outside Europe: the European Union and its borders (the Balkans, Caucasia etc.), North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the United States etc. The scientific approach is multi-situated and multi-scalar, imparting a fundamental place to the migrant’s personal experience.
Migrinter is involved in the dissemination of knowledge as part of the Master in International Migrations and the doctoral training programmes. The laboratory also allows great importance to publication activities, cartographic production, bibliographical and visual documentation, scientific and technical information.
To fulfil these objectives, Migrinter benefits from the continuity and expertise of a team established for more than thirty years, from its relations with other entities and research institutions nationally and internationally, and from its status as associate to the Institut Convergence Migrations created in 2018.
Migrinter is a Mixed Research Unit under the supervision of the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and the University of Poitiers. The laboratory is hosted by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (The Institute for Human and Social sciences) on the campus of Poitiers.