Migration and Home Affairs

EMN glossary

The EMN Glossary is an online resource of terms related to migration and asylum in Europe, which improves comparability by enabling a common understanding and use of terms and definitions relating to asylum and migration.

It draws on a variety of sources, but primarily on the legislation of the EU asylum and immigration acquis, and makes terms available in the majority of EU Member State languages.

Current glossary version

The current online version of the glossary (Version 7.0) was updated in July 2020. It includes approximately 500 terms and concepts reflecting the most recent European policy on migration and asylum. 

Amendments to existing entries reflect new concepts and terminology, as well as changes in the usage of existing terms that have been introduced through new legislation and policy on migration and asylum in the EU.

Glossary contents

The glossary’s main focus continues to be legal developments in the framework of the EU acquis on asylum and migration. It intends to make communication easier for policy-makers, practitioners, media and people interested in the topic of migration and asylum.

Each glossary entry comprises a preferred term, a definition of the concept that this term represents, the source(s) of the definition, plus notes and relationships to other terms (synonyms, broader and narrower as well as related terms). i

More information on the development, methodology and different formats of the EMN Glossary can be found in the EMN Glossary one-pager.

The online version is regularly updated by the members of the EMN Glossary and Thesaurus Working Group (GTWG).

Other glossary versions

The EMN Glossary is also available to users as a mobile application for download in English, Finnish, German, Italian and Latvian for Android and iOS users (please note the Privacy Statement).

Printed versions are only published if they contain substantial changes. The last printed version was published as Version 6.0 in May 2018 and is available for download as an interactive pdf version in English (en) pdf - 4 MB [7 MB]  and Italian (it) pdf - 4 MB [3 MB].

The EMN Glossary Version 6.0 is also available for download as a mobile app in English, Finnish, German, Italian and Latvian for Android and iOS users (please note the Privacy Statement).

The EMN Glossary version 5.0 reflects the information available in December 2016, it was published in the following EU languages: Deutsch (de) pdf - 11.8 MB [11.8 MB] and Suomi (fi).

The EMN Glossary version 3.0 was published in the following EU languages, as well as Arabic: Spanish (es) pdf - 4 MB [4 MB], French (fr) pdf - 4 MB [4 MB], Lithuanian (lt), Portuguese pdf - 4 MB [4 MB], and Arabic pdf - 4 MB [7 MB] .

Learn more about the scope and the methodology of the glossary

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