Migration and Mobility

Policy briefs, events, publications and projects related to the Migration Research Platform

As recalled by President Juncker in his State of the Union address, “Europe is a continent where nearly everyone has at one time been a refugee. The current refugee and migration challenge is the largest since the 1940s with unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving at Europe's borders.

Migration Research Platform encompasses activities under the Framework Programme on Migration and Mobility. Migration and mobility also occur within the EU. Free movement is a fundamental principle of the European single market and a fundamental right of European citizens. Since the 2004 and 2007 enlargements and with the lifting in 2014 of the last transitional restrictions on free movement, intra-EU mobility has increased. In 2013, 1.2 million people (with EU citizenship) moved across the EU's internal borders.

Europe thus faces diverse types of migration, which attests to the fact that 'mixed migration' is the new norm, where migration flows as well as motivations to migrate are diverse and changing in nature.

For policy responses to be sound, a substantiated understanding of the phenomena surrounding migration is needed. Socio-economic research on migration contributes to the evidence base on which such policies are developed. Since 1994, approx. 80 projects on migration have been funded within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Framework Programme.

This research has studied different aspects of the migration phenomenon, including immigrant integration, temporary/circular migration, trans-nationalism, migration and gender relations, migration and development, migration flows, migration data and statistical modelling, diversity, economic impact of immigration, and transnational families.


Policy Briefs

DIVERCITIES - Governing Urban Diversity: Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today’s Hyper-diversified Cities

December 2016  PDF icon 258 KB | April 2016  PDF icon 308 KB | July 2015  PDF icon 227 KB
August 2014  PDF icon 368 KB | February 2014  PDF icon 566 KB | September 2013  PDF icon 563 KB


EUBORDERREGIONS - European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours

Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation.

February 2015  PDF icon 794 KB | September 2014  PDF icon 516 KB | March 2013  PDF icon 2.7 MB



On the role of human rights and democracy perceptions in constructing migration aspirations and decisions towards Europe

January 2013  PDF icon 172 KB



Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People

October 2015  PDF icon 165 KB


EURISLAM - Finding a Place for Islam in Europe

Cultural Interactions between Muslim Immigrants and Receiving Societies

September 2013  PDF icon 443 KB


FAMILIESANDSOCIETIES - Changing families and sustainable societies:

Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations

December 2016  PDF icon 1.1 MB | May 2016  PDF icon 814 KB | April 2015  PDF icon 590 KB
March 2014  PDF icon 325 KB


GUSTO - The governance of uncertainty and sustainability: tensions and opportunities

January 2013  PDF icon 433 KB



January 2013  PDF icon 518 KB | January 2013  PDF icon 417 KB | January 2013  PDF icon 490 KB | January 2013  PDF icon 427 KB


MigRom - The immigration of Romanian Roma to Western Europe: Causes, effects, and future engagement strategies

The Roma population of Europe is attracting the attention of policy-makers at the European level, as it suffers disproportionately from poverty and social deprivation, marginalisation.

September 2015  PDF icon 319 KB | September 2014  PDF icon 402 KB


POWER2YOUTH - A Comprehensive Approach to the Understanding of Youth Exclusion and the Prospects for Youth-led Change in the South and East Mediterranean

October 2015  PDF icon 118 KB | May 2017  PDF icon 473 KB


RELIGARE - Religion and State support

Innovative approaches to law and policy

October 2013  PDF icon 236 KB