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The Migration Policy Centre (MPC) conducts advanced policy-oriented research on global migration, asylum and mobility. It serves governance needs at European and global levels, from developing, implementing and monitoring migration-related policies to assessing their impact on the wider economy and society.

Migration links each individual country to the rest of the world in a rapidly evolving scenario. Therefore, the MPC pools worldwide scholars, experts, policymakers and influential thinkers, to identify problems, research their causes and consequences, and devise sound policy solutions on migration and related matters. In doing so, it bridges research with action, providing stakeholders with data, sources, methodologies and results required by evidence-based policy-making.

Research at the MPC is carried out within three main frameworks: observatories, which forge the Centre’s identity, core research areas and projects.

About MPC observatories

About MPC core research areas

  • Migration in the wake of Arab uprisings and the Mediterranean migrant crisis
  • Migration in Europe in a period of demographic decline

About MPC current projects

  • REDIAL (Return Dialogue)
  • REFMISMES (Mapping Labour Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees: Policies and Practices in EU Member States)
  • RuMiT (Rural Migration in Tunisia)
  • MEDAM (Economic Perspectives on EU Asylum and Immigration Policies)
  • ETEM V (External Thematic Expertise on Migration for the European Commission)


The MPC compiles statistics, legal provisions, and documents of IGOs and NGOs on migration in a series of databases, which cover extensively three main dimensions: demographic and economic; legal; and socio-political. The standardised templates are adopted to allow for the multidisciplinary study of migration in any given country as well as the comparison between countries.

The MPC bridges research and policy by providing EU and Member States’ institutions with policy advice and by carrying out significant media outreach activities.

The MPC offers advanced and specialised training in migration studies from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. With the Migration Summer School and the specialist training events held at the MPC as well as in countries relevant to its projects, the MPC targets professionals, administrators, researchers and PhD students.

Established in January 2012 upon the foundations of previous successful research projects, the MPC is co-financed by the European Union.