The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) is an interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on issues related to migration and integration from an international and comparative perspective. IMES conducts a single, comprehensive research program which covers two broad, interrelated areas and emphasizes seven research themes. The first broad area is international migration?the spatial mobility of human beings across political borders?as a process, together with its causes and consequences. The second area of study pertains to the process of settlement and integration of immigrants and their descendants in the society of destination. The institute works closely with other national and international academic institutes and organizations in the field of migration. IMES helps to develop educational programs and implements degrees at the BA, MA and PhD levels. IMES also engages in the advisory and monitoring of various activities. The Network Office of the Network of Excellence IMISCOE and the European Secretariat of Metropolis International are both located at IMES.