UNESCO-UNU Chair in regional integration, migration and the free movement of people (907), established in 2010 at UNU-CRIS, Bruges (Belgium)


Regional integration.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • serve as think tank and bridge-builder, as well as become a pole of excellence for the sharing of expertise, in order to enhance the free movement of people in the Southern African region, decrease contentious debates and have an open problem solving communication, in line with UNESCO’s priorities and the UN Millennium Development Goals;
  • contribute to the promotion and consolidation of spaces of dialogue, the exchange between social science researchers and policy-makers and a better governance, as well as to formulate policy recommendations regarding the social challenges related to regional integration, migration and the free movement of people, such as the fight against discrimination and solidarity, particularly in the Southern African region;
  • produce a set of orientation guidelines for local and regional representatives, highlighting the main problems that have to be addressed regarding the free movement of people and the effective responses that may be implemented in different contexts; and,
  • identify ways to make an optimal use of regional integration in order to fight rising xenophobia, improve dialogue between different ethnic groups and facilitate the movement of people through the mutual recognition of qualifications.

Host Institutions

United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS, Belgium)

United Nations University (Japan)

UNESCO Chair's webpage

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences, UNU


Prof. Bob Deacon , Chairholder

International Social Policy

University of Sheffield

Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN


Phone: 0114 222 6407 (external), 26407 (internal)

Dr David M. Malone, Rector

The United Nations University

Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-53-70

Tokyo 150-8925