The Mercator Dialogue on Migration and Asylum (MEDAM) is three-year research and consultation project that 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 project articulates research on three main areas:
1. EU asylum and migration policies;
2. the economic and social integration of immigrants and their contribution to EU prosperity;
3. the impact of migration on countries of origin and countries of first asylum.
MEDAM is active at the interface between academic research and policymaking. Besides research, regular dialogue with decision-makers at the national and European levels is a central element of the project work. As well as publishing written analyses and articles in scientific journals, the project findings are to be contributed to the political debate through events involving experts from politics, business, academia and civil society. In this regard, the annual assessment reports played a key role.