The UNESCO-UNU Chair on Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People is the result of an agreement between UNESCO and UNU-CRIS signed on 26 November 2010. The objective of the UNESCO-UNU Chair is to address the opportunities and challenges of regional integration, the social dimension of regional integration, migration and in particular, free movement of people within South Africa and the Southern African region.
The collaboration between the different partners and networks aims to produce a set of orientation guidelines for local representatives highlighting the main problems that have to be addressed with regard free movement of people and the effective responses that may be implemented in different contexts. Bringing academics, governments, regional organisations, NGOs and private organisations together, the UNESCO-UNU Chair serves as a think-tank and bridge-builder, sharing its expertise to contribute through research, training and capacity building with the aim of making free movement of people tangible in the Southern African region, decreasing contentious debates and having an open problem-solving communication. The Chair is based in UNU-CRIS, Bruges, and cooperate with the University of Pretoria, South Africa.