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Europe: First European observatory for public attitudes toward migration

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The very first observatory entirely dedicated to europeans' attitudes towards migration was launched in Brussels on Wednesday 20 September 2017. The Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) will collect and produce comprehensive and pan-EU data to provide collective understanding of perhaps THE public policy issue of the twenty-first century in Europe.

OPAM will look at European, regional, and country-specific trends and issues related to attitudes towards migration. Its online-tool depicts key data for all EU Member States and first publications deal with public attitudes in Germany in the aftermath of the "migration crisis" and attitudes in France. 

In the future, it will:

  • publish descriptive information on attitudes to migration across the European Union and make them available to all online
  • produce analytically causal findings explaining attitudes to migration using both quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques
  • communicate its findings to policy makers, academics and citizens; as well as through traditional media, social media, seminars and workshops, training and press conferences.

The Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration is part of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the Migration policy Centre.