​​The  Migration Research Center (MRC) was registered as a regional public organisation in January 2004. “Migration Research Center” is the new title of the Centre for the Study of Problems of Forced Migration in the CIS, which was established in 1997.

The Center continually conducts research, organises conferences and seminars, and releases publications on various aspects of migration in post-soviet countries and regions of Russia. The Independent Research Council on Migration of the Countries of the CIS and the Baltic was established through the initiative of the Centre and has operated for some time.

We hope that this website will pique your interest. Through it, we strive to make our activities more open and our publications more accessible to the scientific community, key decision-makers and those who are interested in migration.

The History of the Center’s Establishment

The Center for the Study of Problems of Forced Migration in the CIS was established in 1997 (registration no. 8196). Its main function was the organisation and coordination of the operations of the Independent Research Council on Migration of the Countries of the CIS and the Baltic, which was established through the initiative of the Laboratory of Migration at the Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, so as to prevent the degradation of the scientific community on migration after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

At the roots of the operations of the Center was Dr. Arthur Helton, director of the Forced Migration Projects at the Open Society Institute, who untimely died in the explosion of the UN building in Baghdad in August 2003. Dr. Helton immediately supported the initiative for the formation of the Council, first as a pilot project and then as a long-term operation. After five and a half years of work, the Center received its present name.

Founders

The founders of MRC consist of the following individuals:

• J.A. Zayonchkovskaya, PhD,

• T.D. Ivanova, PhD,

• Y.F. Florinskaya, PhD,

• N.N. Galkina.

The founders constitute the Board – the governing body of the Center.

The preparation of the English-language version of the website has been carried out by the MRC intern and master’s degree student at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Thomas Espy.