The movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border (international migration), or within a State (internal migration).
The European Migration network (EMN) is an EU-funded network (established by Council Decision 2008/381/EC adopted on 14th May 2008) with the aim of providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum for institutions of the European Union plus authorities and institutions of the Member States..
The objective of the EMN is to meet the information needs of Union institutions and of Member States’ authorities and institutions on migration and asylum with a view to supporting policymaking in the European Union. The EMN also serves to provide the general public with such information.
The EMN responds to information needs of EU and national policymakers by producing the following EMN products:
The EMN does not normally engage in primary research; instead, its key strength is to collect, document and make available, in an accessible and comparative manner, data and information held or collected at national and EU level. The network further analyses and synthesises this information to improve its comparability and harmonisation at EU level. In this way, the EMN makes a valuable contribution to evidence-based policymaking.
The EMN is funded by the European Commission. A yearly budget is assigned for the support of EMN members.
The EMN has established a multi-level network to aid its activities. On the European level, EMN NCPs meet regularly, as well as networking and collaborating with other European level institutions and organisations, particularly in relation to specific studies and policy themes. These have included: the European Parliament, the Commission’s Eurostat, EU Agency Fundamental Rights, the European Asylum Support Office, European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex), the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and other relevant entities.