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.