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Younes Ahouga

Research Fellow
EducationPhD, University of Geneva
Areas of ExpertiseGlobal migration governance, international organizations, discourse analysis

Younes Ahouga’s research and publications focus on migration governance policies at the global, regional and local levels. Younes holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the evolution of the migration management discourses and practices of the International Organization for Migration between 2000 and 2018. From 2014 to 2019, he was a teaching assistant at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva and, from 2014 to 2017, Younes was a research assistant for a project on the discourse of resilience to environmental change in international organizations.

As co-head of the Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy’s Migration Program through 2019 and 2020, Younes has also organized policy events and engaged with a variety of civil society organizations. Working with policy practitioners to assess the Global Compact for Migration’s implementation, follow-up and review phases, Younes is examining the discourses and practices of the United Nations Network on Migration. This research will advance knowledge on the challenges faced by international organizations in addressing complex migration governance processes.

Recent Publications

Kunz (2017), « Gendarme de l’Europe » ou « chef de file » ? Le Maroc dans le dispositif régulateur des migrations euro-méditerranéennes, Critique internationale, 74, 95–115.

(2018) The Local Turn in Migration Management: the IOM and the Engagement of Local Authorities, external linkJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 44:9, 1523–1540

Nzeyimana, V. (2019) The Global Compact for Migration: One year later,, external link Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Blog 

(2021/5) PDF fileTransforming the International Organisation for Migration: An Analysis of the IOM Strategic Vision