Mobility and the migration research platform

The Migration Research Platform encompasses activities under Horizon 2020 on migration and mobility.

These activities deal with the challenge of refugees and migrants from outside the EU. But migration and mobility occurs 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.

Social Sciences and Humanities research related to migration

For policy responses to be sound, a substantial understanding of the phenomena surrounding migration is needed. Socioeconomic research on migration contributes to the evidence base on which such policies are developed. Since 1994, around 80 projects on migration have been funded within the Social Sciences and Humanities under research and innovation funding programmes.

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
  • transnational families


ReportFebruary 2016Research and Innovation

Research on migration

Facing realities and maximising opportunities : a policy review
ReportJanuary 2016Research and Innovation

Migration and mobility

Research and innovation projects in support to European policy

Project policy briefs

SSH research projects publish policy briefs while they are active. Briefs related to culture and citizenship are listed below.

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

December 2016April 2016July 2015 | August 2014February 2014September 2013

European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours

February 2015September 2014March 2013

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

January 2013

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

October 2015

Finding a Place for Islam in Europe

September 2013

Changing families and sustainable societies:

December 2016May 2016April 2015 | March 2014

The governance of uncertainty and sustainability: tensions and opportunities

January 2013


January 2013January 2013January 2013January 2013

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

September 2015September 2014

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

October 2015May 2017

Religion and State support

October 2013