Launch of MEDAM Assessment Report on Asylum and Migration Policies in Europe


The large inflow of asylum seekers to the EU in 2015-16 highlighted the shortcomings of the EU’s migration and asylum policies. It has become clear that EU member states need to revise the existing approaches to the governance of migration. Yet, the best way forward for policymakers is uncertain due to the overall complexity of the migration process, interdependencies between different actors and policies, and conflicting objectives. The MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration) was launched specifically to address the pressing issues in migration and to foster policy dialogue.

On June 7th, MEDAM researchers Matthias Lücke (Kiel Institute for World Economy), Tobias Stöhr (Kiel Institute for World Economy) and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva (CEPS) presented at CEPS the first MEDAM Assessment Report entitled “Sharing responsibility for refugees and expanding legal immigration”. Organised around three broad areas – global governance of migration, integration of migrants in the host countries and the country-of-origin perspective on migration – the report emphasises the linkages between seemingly disparate policy areas. Its core message is the need to distribute the responsibility for refugees more equitably globally and within the EU, while extending opportunities for legal immigration from non-EU member states into EU member states.