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Rober Schuman Center MPC European Commission

June 2012

The Migration Newsletter

The Migration Policy Centre regularly publishes this newsletter to share recent developments in its research activities


In this issue: Launch of MPC | VIII Migration Summer School | Carim-India | Carim-East | KNOW RESET | ACP Observatory on Migration | Press Conference |


Launching Event of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC)


The Migration Policy Centre (MPC) is delighted to announce its Launching Event on the 25th and 26th of June at the European University Institute (EUI). Founded with the support of the European Union, the MPC has the critical objective of conducting research on global migration to serve migration governance needs at the European level. Highlighting the importance of this event, Prof. Philippe Fargues, Director of MPC, explains that “the Launching Event is going to highlight the results of MPC surveys on two burning issues: firstly, should the current employment crisis in the EU be an occasion for reassessing the role of immigration and if yes, then in which direction? Secondly, what will be the implications of the Arab Spring for EU policymaking on migration?”. The event will host two panel discussions on the above two topics and four debates on highly pertinent migration issues such as migration policies for economic recovery, framing ethnicity in migration statistics and its pros and cons, migration trends in post-Western world; and forced migration and the international community.

A distinguished panel of experts and high level practitioners in the field of migration and asylum policy will participate in the conference including Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and Elsa Fornero, Italian Minister for Labour. Renowned policymakers, researchers and senior officials at EU and international levels will contribute to the panel discussions and debates.

Register for the event

Download the event agenda.

For further information about the event or press-related enquiries, please contact:

Ms Pauline Depierreux:, tel. (+39) 055 4685 817



What is the relation between migration and social movements that bring about the systemic change? This question is being addressed by our lecturers and participants at the VIII Migration Summer School on Social Movements, Systemic Change and Migration. It will be held at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, between Monday 25 June and Friday 6 July.

Discussions and lectures during the Summer School will analyse the interactions of the regions of origin and the regions of destination; migration policies and the regulation of migration; and processes of integration. Teaching will be accompanied by research work and practical debate. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions, and to contribute to the solution of these problems by combining insights from demographic, economic, legal and sociological approaches.

The first two days of the Summer School coincide with the two days of the Launching Event of the MPC. Therefore the participants will attend the debates and discussions held at this occasion, as well as the roundtable especially organised for them with Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

The VIII Migration Summer School is co-funded by the European Union through the CARIM-East project and by the Migration Policy Centre.

Find more information on the Summer School website.


Update of the legal module and publications

MPC has updated the legal module of the database, with information on all Indian laws related to migration as well as bilateral social security accords between India and individual EU countries, such as Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Visitors to the database can now consult the specifics of these agreements as well as gain an overview of EU-India cooperation.

A number of publications have been added online, ranging from papers on student mobility to the EU to EU-India bilateral remittances. Several papers discuss the current state of affairs in attracting highly-skilled labour from India, including an analysis of the newly introduced Blue Card scheme at the EU level. Specific case studies that have been produced include the Indian presence in Italy´s dairy industry and a country case study of the Indian population in France.

Preparation is also underway for an upcoming workshop on irregular migration in Delhi, and a partners meeting in September of this year, to be held in Florence. The workshop on irregular migration is designed to reach influential parliamentarians, members of the press and local associations/NGO´s who work directly with migrants in order to raise greater awareness about the risks involved in migrating irregularly. At the workshop, CARIM-India will present data on irregular migrants from India in the main countries of the EU and show how the trend of irregular migration has been steadily increasing with time despite the economic crisis in Europe.

The CARIM India project is co-financed by the European Union.




CARIM-East Thematic Session, 26-27 April 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.


The CARIM-East network experts met in Kiev for a two-day seminar to discuss the primary results of the research programme on the effects of labour migration on the countries of origin. The topic, common for all CARIM East countries, was approached from three different perspectives in line with three disciplines represented in the project:
- The demographers underlined the problematic nexus between migration and population decrease in the researched countries.
- Lawyers discussed in depth legal aspects of labour migration governance in CARIM-East countries.
- Socio-political module focused on the links between migration and social inequality.

The final research results will be published on the project website in the summer.

The CARIM-East project is co-financed by the European Union.

Presentation of project database and practical training at the European Commission

On 23 April 2012, CARIM East coordinating team presented the project database at the European Commission, DG DEVCO. The presentation targeted the staff of EU institutions and consisted of a practical training on how to use the CARIM East database in everyday work. This interactive presentation will soon be available on our website.

CARIM database on Russia updated!

The updated CARIM database on Russia now allows researchers to compare the presence of foreign citizens residing in Russia in 2002 and 2010 thanks to the publication of first preliminary results for the 2010 census. Moreover, data on annual temporary work permits granted to foreign citizens in the period 1994-2011 give a detailed picture of past and recent patterns of international labour temporary migration to Russia.

Two main trends of the stock of labour temporary migrants living in Russia have been highlighted through this database:

1) Its huge increase observed in the period 2007 to 2009 – which is largely dependent on new legal procedures put in place by Russian authorities in 2006 with the aim of simplifying the obtaining of work permits for CIS citizens;

2) Its drop observed since 2009 - which is related to the global economic recession and certain limitation of migrant workers' inflows.


A significant development regarding refugee settlement in EU policymaking took place on 29 March 2012 when the European Parliament voted on the Joint EU Resettlement Programme (JEURP) already approved by the Council. This was presented by the European Commission back in 2009 and the aim was to:
•       increase EU’s humanitarian impact;
•       to integrate resettlement into external relations policy; and
•       to streamline actions of Member States.

This new decision determines common EU resettlement priorities for 2013 and announces an increase of the compensation that Member States receive from the European Refugee Fund for resettlement of refugees. The adoption of this JEURP, which implies a financial support to resettlement in the EU, is likely to enhance EU MS's commitments in resettlement, and especially turn more EU countries into programme-based resettlement countries. Germany, Bulgaria and Hungary for instance have already taken the necessary steps to that end, as you can see on the Know Reset website.  Find more information on the JEURP on the KNOW RESET website.

Know Reset is a project co-financed by the European Union.

Research Updates

The Know Reset has hired experts in three countries of first asylum - Pakistan, Kenya, and Tunisia - to conduct field research which will provide a different perspective to the reflection and knowledge about refugee resettlement to the EU. It will also give an opportunity to analyse the effectiveness of the Joint EU Resettlement Programme.  Incidentally, these three countries are among the priority figures for the pilot experience of JEURP as they have been heavily affected by the reception of refugees and need to see their burden alleviated by resettlement.

Know Reset Database Update

The collection of data of EUI and our partner European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) has been completed. Our project will now start analysing and comparing the collected information.
Know Reset’s website now contains a unique database of legal documents and statistics on resettlement both at EU level and at EU member state level. To access the information, please go into our database "Resettlement at EU Level" or click on the active map on our homepage.

In addition, a series of comparative graphs and tables relating to resettlement in the EU-27 will be put online soon.


In Haiti, following the MPC’s coordination mission, the research team of the BRIDES, led by Frantz Fortunat, executed the survey on the IDPs in April 2012. It compares the living conditions of 630 households equally distributed among three groups: IDPs in the camps, IDPS recently relocated, and non IDPs. The MPC invited Youssef Courbage (INED/BRIDES) to present the preliminary results of the survey at the occasion of a working seminar at the EUI (Florence) on May, 24th 2012. The final report of the research project will be available in the summer of 2012. Moreover, the MPC has prepared training materials to be available on-line (on the website of the ACP Observatory) based on the research seminar on natural disasters organized by the MPC and held in Haiti at the BRIDES in February 2012.

Furthermore, following a call for tenders, the ACP Observatory on Migration and the MPC have selected a research team led by Prof. Mariama Awumbila (Centre for Migration Studies/University of Ghana) to conduct the study on the “Facilitation of Intra-Regional Labour Migration in the ECOWAS”. The MPC has created an online exchange platform to facilitate communication and sharing of information, between the members of the research team who are scattered in several West African countries. In addition, the MPC will conduct trainings in Ghana on 4-6 September 2012, on existing statistical data to estimate intraregional migration in West Africa (Philippe Fargues); legal frameworks of migration in the ECOWAS (Delphine Perrin); and informal labour market and migration flows in West Africa (Ivan Martin).

The ACP Observatory on Migration is an initiative of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, empowered by the IOM and funded by the EU with the financial support of Switzerland.

 Press Conference

On 25 April 2012, MPC team held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, presenting the results of the MPC visa liberalisation study. The event was co-organized by Europe without Barriers

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