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.
Over the last three years, MEDAM has analyzed important elements of the asylum and migration system in the EU and in the global context, and has highlighted their interdependencies. These include the drivers of migration in countries of origin, migrants’ decision making, public attitudes towards immigration and immigration policy, the policies of the EU and its member states on asylum and regular migration, and the living conditions and perspectives of immigrants in destination countries.
In the second phase of the project, research will focus on the cooperation of the EU and its member states with countries of origin and transit, as well as the attitudes of citizens with regard to the dilemmas and compromises that need to be addressed in European asylum and migration policy. Through relevant research input we want to support European decision makers in shaping migration to Europe together with the countries of origin and transit for the benefit of all parties involved.
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence have been involved in MEDAM since the project began. Since the beginning of 2020, the European Policy Centre (EPC) has also been involved in the project.