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.

The 2018 MEDAM Assessment Report Launch

Impressions from the launch of the 2018 MEDAM assessment report “Flexible Solidarity – A comprehensive strategy for asylum and immigration in the EU”.

The report was presented at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin that brought together international think tank experts with policy makers and leaders from business and civil society.


  • Increasing development aid to fight the “root causes of migration” will not reassure immigration critics. A new MEDAM Policy Brief shows that the public’s belief in development aid as a policy instrument is strongly driven by existing attitudes on immigration.

    Read the policy brief here

  • As part of the MEDAM project, the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute is preparing four case studies on the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal to highlight the political dimensions of migration governance in West Africa and the many actors involved.

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  • Within a week and just in time for International Migrants Day, the international community has adopted both the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. The adoption of the UN’s compacts is an important step to manage migration more effectively and humanely, as well as reduce irregular migration, says MEDAM migration expert Matthias Lücke. Provided they are successfully implemented. Read more

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