Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration

CEPS, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) have launched the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM), a large-scale project on pressing EU migration and asylum issues. Against the background of the current refugee crisis, the MEDAM project will support the design and refinement of appropriate asylum and immigration policies at the EU level as well as in EU member states. It aims to produce innovative policy options with a focus not only on direct, short-term effects, but also on long-term EU policy goals for the economic and social development of EU member states as well as immigrants’ countries of origin. On September 28th, CEPS hosted the first steering committee meeting within the MEDAM project. Among the members present were Phillippe de Bruycker (Professor of European Law on Immigration and Asylum, Migration Policy Centre), Elsa Fornero (Professor of Economics, University of Turin), Christian Kastrop (Director of Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD) and Jakob von Weizsäcker (Member of the European Parliament). The MEDAM team will now kick off research activities while continously engaging in a dialogue with public officials and other relevant stakeholders. MEDAM’s core output is the annual assessment report, which will provide a comprehensive overview of issues related to asylum and migration in the EU. Research findings will be published through policy briefs and separate research papers. Policy-relevant insights will be disseminated through a series of activities, such as the Global Economic Symposium, the CEPS Ideas Lab, a future CEPS-MEDAM Taskforce on Asylum and Immigration and policy workshops. The Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM) is funded by Stiftung Mercator.