General info

What is the European Migration Network (EMN)?
European Migration Network (EMN) is a network of migration and asylum experts, established with the purpose of providing up-to-date, relevant, objective, reliable and comparable information in the field of migration and asylum, which represent the basis for political decision-making of EU Member States. At the same time, EMN provides information to the general public available on its web site.
Who is involved?
EMN consists of European Commission and National Contact Points (NCPs) from all EU Member States (except Denmark), the EMN observers Georgia and Moldova, and Norway.

National contact points are appointed by national governments, so that role is mostly carried by ministries of interior or justice. Furthermore, there are also agencies whose scope of work includes migrations, international protection and/or citizenship, scientific research institutes, non-governmental organizations and country offices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In addition, each EMN NCP establishes a national migration network composed of relevant stakeholders such as government bodies, institutes, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and other. National networks aim to ensure effective communication with policy makers and to provide a better assessment of needs for information and to support EMN work by providing quick responses to information requests.

Activity of EMN is coordinated by European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs.

The EMN Steering Board is chaired bythe European Commission and consists of one representative from each EMN member and observers from the European Parliament. The Steering Board provides strategic guidance for the implementation of activities.

The European Commission is assisted in its coordination role by service providers.
What does EMN do?
EMN provides information through reports, research studies, responses to ad-hoc queries, factsheets on current policies (EMN reports), bulletins and glossaries.

EMN’s primary role is collecting and documenting data and ensuring their availability at national and EU level, in an accessible and comparable way. Furthermore, the EMN analyzes and synthesizes information to improve the comparability of data and their compliance at the EU level, as well as to provide policy- making based on evidence. The dissemination of the collected information takes place through the EMN website and its publications.

European Migration Network operates on multiple levels. At EU level, EMN NCPs regularly meet and cooperate with all other EU agencies and institutions. These are, for example, EUROSTAT – the statistical office of the European Union, national contact points for integration, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX). Additionally, EMN contributes to the established EU Immigration Portal.

In 2014, EMN has established the Return Expert Group (REG). REG aims to increase practical cooperation between member states and the sharing of good practice and expertise on return. The EMN REG provides a structure for planning, follow-up and monitoring of return activities in the EU.

Detailed information on the annual activities of the EMN are described in work programmes which can be found here.