In 2011, the Gulf Research Center (GRC – Jeddah, Geneva, Cambridge, Tokyo) and the European University Institute (EUI – Florence) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish and jointly manage the Gulf Labour Markets and Migration programme. The EUI is one of the most reputable social science research institutions in Europe and hosts the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) which was established and is directed by Prof. Fargues who – through the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM), CARIM-South and CARIM-East– has developed, tested, and fine-tuned the method at the basis of this programme.
The GRC is the second think tank in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) according to the 2012 Global ‘Go-To Think Tanks‘ survey released in January 2013. It has a vast network of individuals and institutions in the GCC and has a wealth of experience in managing large policy-oriented research projects and policy debates concerning the GCC. Most importantly, it also has a vast network of individual researchers who work on the Gulf and are based in the Gulf or elsewhere, notably in Asia, Europe, and the US. The annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), which the GRC organized for the first time in July 2010, has since then become the major global platform for presenting and discussing original social science research concerning the Gulf, including migration.