About the SFM

Entrance SFMThe SFM was founded in 1995 with the declared aim of contributing pragmatically to discussions of topics relevant to migration. Since then the institute has completed more that 300 studies, most financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) or mandated by various institutions or organizations (Federal, Cantonal, Communal or private organizations).

The SFM is affiliated to the Centre for the Understanding of Social Processes of the University of Neuchâtel (MAPS) and contributes to the advancement of interdisciplinary research on the circulation of people, goods and knowledge. 

The SFM actively participates in international research programmes. It directs international research projects and represents Switzerland in various European research networks. Since 2004 the institute has been the Swiss representative in the European research network IMISCOE (imiscoe.org), which coordinates the migration research of 36 world-class institutions.

Since 2014 the SFM director has also been acting as coordinator for the National Center of Competence in Research nccr – on the move (nccr-onthemove.ch), a network of research teams from seven Swiss universities.



New Publications

  • Fibbi, Rosita et Philipp Schnell (2016). "Unequal Pathways. School-to-Work Trajectories of Children of Turkish and Western- Balkan Origin in Switzerland and Austria." Swiss Journal of Sociology, 42(2), pp. 265-288.
  • Tissot, Florian (2016). "Highly-Skilled Labour Migration in Switzerland: Household Strategies and Professional Careers" Working Paper Series “Gender, Diversity and Migration.” 10, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • Morlok, Michael, Andrea Oswald et Harald Meier, Denise Efionayi-Mäder, Didier Ruedin et Dina Bader, Philippe Wanner (2015). "Les sans-papiers en Suisse en 2015." B,S,S. Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung, en coopération avec le SFM et l'Université de Genève. B,S,S.: Bâle.
  • Fibbi, Rosita and Jasmine Truong (2015). "Parental involvement and educational success in Kosovar families in Switzerland." Comparative Migration Studies, 3(13).
  • Van der Brug, Wouter, Gianni D’Amato, Didier Ruedin, and Joost Berkhout (2015). The Politicisation of Migration. Routledge.