The International Centre for Migration Policy Development is an international organisation with currently 17 Member States whose purpose is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service exchange mechanism for organisations and governments. Headquartered in Vienna, it has a mission in Brussels and a number of regional offices and representatives throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. ICMPDs work is based on three pillars: Migration Dialogues, Capacity building and Research. The Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) is ICMPD’s annual flagship event for discussing the most challenging and politically relevant issues in the field of migration together with political decision-makers, government experts and representatives from the academic world, the media and civil society.

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Roles/tasks in the project

ICMPD leads the stakeholder engagement and dialogue with policymakers and further seeks innovative options for the exploitation of results. In addition, ICMPD analyses protracted displacement situations in the Horn of Africa from a historical perspective and examines governance frameworks on displacement at the European and global level.

Team members involved in the project

Martin Wagner

Martin Wagner (m) is Senior Policy Advisor on Asylum with a legal background and specialisation on European and international refugee law. Before joining ICMPD, he worked for NGOs, the Human Rights Advisory Board in the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and implemented two twinning projects in Lithuania and Ukraine as Resident Twinning Advisor. Martin Wagner has more than 20 years of professional migration experience and has managed international projects in the field of migration and asylum for 16 years. He is an experienced trainer for authorities and civil society actors. He authored or co-authored several comparative studies on European asylum systems as well as several working papers and blogs on the European Agenda on Migration. His recent research focusses on solidarity, asylum responsibility sharing, harmonisation among EU MS, complementary pathways to protection and the European Agenda on Migration.


Malin Frankenhaeuser

Malin Frankenhaeuser (f) is Head of Policy at ICMPD, where she leads a team who engage in analytical and advisory functions across a range of salient migration policy issues. The current portfolio includes projects on migration governance, monitoring and evaluation, asylum and international protection, labour migration as well as integration and social cohesion. She engages in the international migration policy debate, keeping abreast of the major policy trends and processes in Europe and globally, and leads the organisation’s engagement and dialogue with migration policy stakeholders, particularly its Member and Partner States. From 2012 to 2017, Malin was in charge of Migration & Development in ICMPD. Malin holds a Master of Social Science in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University.


Maegan Hendow

Maegan Hendow (f) is Research Officer in ICMPD’s Research Unit. She has a multi-disciplinary background, with specific expertise on irregular migration, border management (including as related to large-scale information systems) and human rights, while her regional focus has been on the Middle East and North African region, and Europe. She has more than eight years of professional experience in both managing multi-country studies and conducting empirical qualitative work with a wide range of stakeholders, and has published more than a dozen policy reports and academic articles on irregular migration and migration trends. Recent such work includes research and management of the research for the OFID-funded “Study on Refugee Protection and Development”, the EU-funded “Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an evidence-based approach for effective and cooperative state action”, and the “Study on smuggling of migrants: characteristics, responses and cooperation with third countries”.


Marion Noack

Marion Noack (f) holds a university degree in International Development Studies with a focus on migration from the University of Vienna. After her studies during which she participated in civil society projects in Tanzania and Kenya, she worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and joined ICMPD in 2011 to work on several projects in the area of migration policy. She has been involved in research studies on environmentally induced migration, migration and development policies, migrant and diaspora organisations and regional mobility in West Africa. In addition, she was involved and led policy development projects involving a range of governmental stakeholders in Turkey, Georgia and Austria and provided expertise to migration dialogues supported by ICMPD, particularly in the framework of the project “Support to the Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue”.