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The department wins the OsloMet-prize for best research dissemination and picture shows nine members on stage recieving the prize.

International Studies and Migration

The department primarily focuses on area studies, migration, and integration research.

In migration and integration research, the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) focuses on a broad range of topics, with a particular emphasis on public policy and administration, settlement, qualification, and welfare services for immigrants.

We have high expertise in various areas, such as comparative studies of migration flows, analyses of integration policies, or analyses of immigrants' integration and living conditions.

Additionally, the department has a research portfolio covering topics such as racism, discrimination, and negative social control.

Area Studies

Area studies include Russia and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia (Nepal), and Latin America (Brazil).

Since 2008, we have undertaken several major research projects in Ukraine and lead and participate in several international networks with other Ukraine researchers.

We have a special emphasis on public policy and administration, welfare services, education, and language and minority policies.

We conduct evaluations, policy analyses, impact studies, and combine analyses based on interviews, documents, survey and registry data, and machine learning applied to both structured and unstructured data, and we excel in both qualitative and quantitative methods.


Our department consists of researchers with backgrounds in social sciences and the humanities, and our research projects are largely interdisciplinary. The composition of the department gives us methodological strenght and a rich understanding of the complex issues we explore.

Our major research projects are primarily funded by Horizon Europe, the Research Council of Norway, and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in addition to applied research funded by ministries and directorates.

We conduct research of high academic quality with direct societal relevance. We are committed to contributing to public policy formulation and practice through our findings and recommendations.

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Report launch

“Governance and policy changes during times of high influxes of protection seekers”. The report compares the responses of eight European countries to high influxes of protection seekers.

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