Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)

The European asylum and immigration system is in crisis: large numbers of refugees and migrants seek entry into the European Union leaving it to struggle with providing for their basic needs, distributing asylum applicants among EU member states, and efficiently integrating those who are allowed to stay into their host societies. Immigration from outside the EU has become one of the greatest concerns among European citizens.

At the same time, the EU recognizes that sustainable immigration from third countries will be crucial in alleviating demographic tensions, addressing labor shortages, and rendering the EU a more innovative region by 2020.

The Mercator Dialogue on Migration and Asylum (MEDAM) will help to de-emotionalize an often heated debate and provide a scientifically sound basis for decision making. The three-year research and consultation project aims to identify and close the gaps in existing research and to develop research-based solutions for asylum and immigration policies, addressing the most pressing concerns of policy makers from an independent European perspective.


  • On October 5-6, MEDAM researchers Mauro Lanati and Tobias Stöhr took part in the “WIDER Development Conference on migration and mobility” in Accra, Ghana. Both Researchers presented findings from their current work.

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  • There is an alternative to Italian-Libyan cooperation, but it does involve more actors and is much harder to implement. It also tackles the root cause of the problem with the Central Mediterranean route: that the vast majority of arrivals to Italy are not eligible for protection.

    Read the commentary here (external link).

  • Addressing the European asylum policy in the context of the German federal election, MEDAM researcher Matthias Lücke’s argues the case for flexible solidarity. In his CASE blog contribution he recommends that the European Commission and Member States put the concept center-stage to develop a comprehensive refugee policy and asylum system.

    Read the article here (external link).


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