Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)

The European asylum and immigration system remains 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 recognized refugees into their host societies. In a fundamental and permanent change to the political landscape and public debate in Europe, immigration from outside the EU has become one of the greatest concerns among European citizens.

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

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

2020 MEDAM Assessment Report: The EU must strengthen cooperation with Africa

The 2020 MEDAM Assessment Report discusses the effectiveness of European approaches to increasing third countries’ readmission cooperation, and calls on the EU to take greater account of third countries’ interests and perspectives in its migration policies. In the video, MEDAM’s Senior Project Director Gabriel Felbermayr explains why any successful policy to reduce irregular migration must come with more possibilities for legal and regular migration.

Read the full report here.


  • In the new 2020 MEDAM Assessment Report, MEDAM researchers analyze the effectiveness of EU approaches to strengthening readmission cooperation and explore African countries’ interests and perspectives on migration. Read the full report here.

  • Within the framework of a second funding by the Mercator Foundation, the MEDAM project will run until the end of 2022.

    For three years now, researchers from three renowned institutions have been working to close research gaps in the field of asylum and migration, and to create scientifically sound foundations for political decision making and to carry these into politics through direct dialogue activities.

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  • WAMiG researchers Judith Altrogge, Kwaku Arhin-Sam, Leonie Jegen and Franzisca Zanker discuss their research findings with academics and civil society activists from Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Gambia.

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