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Consultant, the International Organization for Migration

February 12th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Migration and Integration
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe
Languages: English, Russian
Field of Work: Non-Governmental
City: Ulster
Country: UK
Continent: Europe


Boris Divinsky1 Boris DivinskýDr. Boris Divinský is a migration expert, geographer, demographer and sociologist from the Slovak Republic, and a consultant for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He is credited with conducting the first in-depth research on migration in Slovakia.

Dr. Divinský’s research explores the impact of migration and immigration in regards to citizenship, asylum seeking, and policy management in Slovakia. Social dimensions of migration that interest him include xenophobia and the social exclusion on foreigners in Slovakian society.

As the only full-time researcher in the field of migration in the country, Dr. Divinský works closely with a range of other relevant domestic and international institutions. One of his most important roles is as co-chair of the JHA Working Group within the National Convent on the European Union, an advisory body for the Slovak government and parliament. He is also a member of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Integration of Migrants and Labor Migration. Dr. Divinský’s areas of study and experiences often lead the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs to call upon him for his expertise.

Dr. Divinský has also participated in several projects with international migration institutions including the International Organization for Migration, Berliner Institut für Vergleichende Sozialforschung, the European Commission and European Parliament, the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, and the Multicultural Center in Prague. From 2000 to 2002, he also managed a large Tempus Phare project, a project that received assistance from the European Union, with a foreign partners consortium.

Along with migration studies, Dr. Divinský is an expert geographer, demographer, and sociologist.  After completing the study of human geography at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, he specialized in the area of population and urban studies. Research projects related to his area of specialization were conducted at locations both in Slovakia and abroad. Such locations include Comenius University, Slovak Technical University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, for Brussels-Capital Region, Communauté française de Belgique, OTB Delft, Open Society Institute and Central-European University Prague, Scientific section of the Slovak literary fund, and elsewhere.

Dr. Divinský has often been called upon by print and broadcast media to provide professional commentary on topics related to migration. He has provided information, studies, expertise, and standpoints relating to migration from and to Slovakia or in Europe.

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