With its dynamic and international team of scholars, CEDEM has conducted pioneering research on empirically and theoretically grounded research on migration, ethnic relations and racism from a multidisciplinary perspective. Over the years, CEDEM has developed expertise on the following themes: contemporary migration trends, socio-political mobilisation of migrants, migration policy, migration and the arts, social cohesion, transnationalism, citizenship, and Islam in Europe. CEDEM and its researchers have been awarded numerous international research and fellowship grants from organisations such as the Belgian National Science Foundation (FRS-FNRS), the Belgian Science Policy (Belspo), the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In addition to its research, a key function of CEDEM is to organise and inform debates with academics, policymakers, stakeholders and the general public on major contemporary topics related to ethnicity and migration in the Belgian, European and global contexts. Accordingly, the centre regularly organises conferences, workshops and academic seminars. CEDEM is also a founding member of the research network International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), Europe’s largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration.