Founded in 1993 by Aristide Zolberg, the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC) has led a number of research projects on migration policy, immigrant integration, refugees, religion and immigration in the post 9-11 context with the support of the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, New York Community Trust, Henry Luce Foundation, German-American Academic Foundation/SSRC, US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), The Pew Charitable Trusts, the German Marshall Fund, among others.
Under Zolberg’s leadership, the center maintains a local, regional, national and global focus, incorporating aspects of an academic network and a policy exchange medium.
The International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC) seeks to advance interdisciplinary research on various aspects of past and present patterns of international migration and immigrant integration in order to better understand their dynamics, the determinants of state policies in this sphere, and the development of global migration regimes. The center’s aspiration is to foster the development of normatively desirable and progressive policies and practices.
ICMEC seeks to build and engage a community of scholars and practitioners focusing on migration through collaborative research projects and public forums involving New School faculty and students across divisions, as well as faculty at other universities, research institutes, and advocacy groups working on these issues.
ICMEC offers a unique opportunity to study migration, ethnicity and citizenship with a truly interdisciplinary focus by bringing together New School students and faculty in the fields of politics, sociology, anthropology, global studies/international affairs, economics, and education as well as involving media and the arts through the Feet in Two Worlds Initiative at the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano and immigration-related projects at Parsons.