Migration represents both an opportunity and a challenge. While well-managed migration may foster progress and welfare in origin- as well as destination countries, its mismanagement may put social cohesion, security and sovereignty at risk.
Sound policy-making on migration and related matters must be based on knowledge, but the construction of knowledge must in turn address policy priorities. Because migration is rapidly evolving, knowledge thereof needs to be constantly updated. Given that migration links each individual country to the rest of the world, its study requires innovative cooperation between scholars around the world.
The MPC conducts field as well as archival research, both of which are scientifically robust and policy-relevant at European level and also globally, targeting policy-makers as well as politicians. This research provides tools for addressing migration challenges, by:
- producing policy-oriented research on aspects of migration, asylum and mobility in Europe and in countries located along migration routes to Europe, that are regarded as priorities;
- bridging research with action by providing policy-makers and other stakeholders with results required by evidence-based policy-making, as well as necessary methodologies that address migration governance needs;
- pooling scholars, experts, policy makers, and influential thinkers to identify problems, research their causes and consequences, and devise policy solutions.