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.


  • “The UN global compacts should serve as a roadmap to improve the conditions for refugees and other migrants. With many of these countries being countries of first asylum or transfer, the Global Compacts might even reduce migration flows to Europe–the main goal of the compacts’ opponents–by strengthening regional integration within Africa and other developing regions”, explains MEDAM researcher Matthias Lücke.

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  • New CEPS working paper by MEDAM researchers Mikkel Barslund, Mattia Di Salvo, and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva looks at the composition of recent refugee inflows and reviews the relevant characteristics of EU labor markets to assess the impact the recently arrived refugees will have on the labor markets of receiving EU countries.

    Read the article working paper here (external link).

  • Berlin, Florence, Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, and Warsaw: In recent weeks, MEDAM researchers have travelled extensively to discuss the conclusions of the 2018 MEDAM Assessment Report—as dialogue with all EU member states remains crucial to reimagine the EU asylum system and overcome the current deadlock.

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