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.


  • Their lack of integration of migrant women into the labor market is not only a story of lost opportunity at the individual level, but also carries important macroeconomic implications. Mikkel Barslund and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva on the need to integrate migrant women.

    Read the commentary here (external link).


  • Irregular migration can only be reduced if potential migrants have better options. More international cooperation in vocational training and further education as well as legal pathways into the EU labor market would help, says MEDAM’s Matthias Lücke on International Migrants Day.

    Read the press release here

  • Migration is the main course on the menu for tonight’s EU Summit dinner. We respectfully offer the Heads of State three starters to stimulate their appetite and thoughts before the serious discussions begin.

    Read the commentary here (external link).


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