16 Oct 2019

Rethinking EU migration and asylum policies

Managing immigration jointly with countries of origin and transit

Mikkel Barslund / Andreas Backhaus / Mattia Di Salvo

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CEPS researchers Mikkel Barslund, Andreas Backhaus and Mattia Di Salvo are among the contributors to the 2019 MEDAM Assessment Report on Asylum and Migration Policies in Europe, produced by the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM).

Asylum and migration policy continues to be high up on the EU policy agenda and will remain an important topic for the next European Commission. Though current positions in the European Council regarding how to make progress on the Common European Asylum System seem deadlocked, there is considerable scope for dialogue and debate on the future of EU asylum policy as well as the wider issue of improving overall management of migration.

The report presents insights from MEDAM research and policy dialogue since 2016 to explain how closer cooperation among EU member states and with countries of origin and transit can improve outcomes for all stakeholders. It provides insights on three main topics:

  • Public attitudes to immigration, and asylum policy preferences in the EU;
  • Cooperation with non-EU countries to manage migration to the EU; and
  • Moving EU asylum and migration policy forward

CEPS is one of three research institutes working on this multi-year project, alongside the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute. For more information on the MEDAM project, which is funded by Stiftung Mercator, see the website (http://www.medam-migration.eu/).