What is Migra

The MIGRA Millennium Nucleus is an interdisciplinary project that aims to contribute to the understanding of the consequences of recent waves of migration to Chile. In the last decade, the foreign-born population has quadrupled from 2% in 2010 to around 7-8% in 2022.


The objective of MIGRA is to examine the impact of immigration on specific areas of social integration, such as labor, education, health, security and law, with a particular focus on understanding the drivers of public perceptions and how best to minimize potential mismatches between reality and perceptions towards migration.

how we do it

We approach the study of the consequences of migration to Chile from three complementary perspectives: knowledge generation, human capital formation, and impact on decision making at the national, regional and local levels.

We will approach knowledge by generating evidence in different areas, from the characterization of the immigrant integration process through the identification of legal, institutional and cultural barriers, to the study of the attitude and perceptions of the local population towards immigration and the impact of innovative initiatives aimed at neutralizing misperceptions and facilitating the social integration of immigrants.
Human capital formation will be present throughout the development of MIGRA, working closely with undergraduate, postdoctoral and graduate students in research associated with some of the lines of study, as well as new ones that may be generated.

We are interested in contributing to the public debate. First, by disseminating the scientific evidence that we will generate. Second, by holding forums with key actors at national, regional and local levels, including organizations for and of immigrants. Finally, we will complement our research and advocacy activities with an active presence in social networks and public discussion.