Dr. Rainer Münz is senior adviser on migration policy to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. He was previously heading the Research & Knowledge Center at Erste Group and Head of the Board of Erste School of Banking and Finance. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC, and Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, at the European think tank Bruegel, Brussels, and at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for modern societies.
Rainer Münz was born in Basel (Switzerland). Between 1972 and 1978 he studied Social Sciences at Vienna University where he got his PhD in 1978. In 1986 he was promoted to lecturer status (Habilitation).
Until 1992 he was director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was visiting professor at several Austrian, German, Hungarian, Israeli, Swiss, and US universities: University of Bamberg (1986), University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1989, 1997-98), Frankfurt (1988), Jerusalem (Hebrew Univ. 2012), Klagenfurt (1996, 1998), Vienna (2001-02) and Zurich (1992). Münz currently teaches at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland (since 2010) and at the CEU's School of Public Policy in Budapest (starting in 2015). He has worked as consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to several EU member states during their EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Union (so-called “EU Group of the Wise”).
Rainer Münz is member of several boards and advisory boards; among them: Centre for Migration, Integration and Citizenship at Oxford University (COMPAS, Oxford, UK), International Metropolis Project (Ottawa-Amsterdam), International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva).