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Portrait of Younes Ahouga

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.

Journal Articles

(2023). The International Organization for Migration as a counterweight to states? The 2030 agenda, the GCM, and the strategic vision of IOM (external link) . In Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 29(4), 511–535.

(2022). L’Organisation internationale pour les migrations et la surveillance des populations de déplacés du Sud. (external link)  Revue européenne des migrations internationales383(3), 139-160. 

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

with Kunz, R. (2017). « Gendarme de l’Europe » ou « chef de file » ? Le Maroc dans le dispositif régulateur des migrations euro-méditerranéennes (external link) Critique internationale74, 95–115.


(2024). Gouverner les migrations pour perpétuer la mondialisation: Gestion migratoire et Organisation internationale pour les migrations (external link) . University of Ottawa Press.

Book Chapters 

(2023).  (excel file) Managing migration by encompassing the role of the state: The IOM and the Migration Governance Framework (external link) . In A. Pécoud & H. Thiollet (Eds.), Research Handbook on the Institutions of Global Migration Governance (pp. 34–49). Edward Elgar Publishing.

(2018). L’analyse spatiale de Gramsci et les contradictions inhérentes au capitalisme mondialisé. In M.-C. Caloz-Tschopp, R. Felli, & A. Chollet (Eds.), Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci actuels? (pp. 349–357). Editions Kimé.

Working Papers

(2024). Legal and Policy Infrastructures of Returns in Canada—Country Dossier (WP2). (external link)  In GAPs: De-centring the Study of Migrant Returns and Readmission Policies in Europe and Beyond. (pg.49).

(2021/7).  (PDF file) Implementing the UN Global Compacts by Institutionalising a New Hybrid Organisational Form

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

Policy Brief

(2022).  (PDF file) Migration Governance and Data Saturation: Is Less More? CERC Migration Policy Brief 09, Sept. 2022.


(2024). Canadian Return Policy and the Migration-Terrorism Nexus (external link) GAPs Decentring the Study of Migrant Returns and Return Policies.

(2023). Datafication and Return Migration: The Case of the International Organization for Migration (external link) .

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