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  • Strategic thinking on equality and mobility


    The Migration Policy Group is an independent non-profit European organisation dedicated to strategic thinking and acting on equality and mobility. The two areas are related and inextricably linked.

    Mobility refers on the one hand to geographic mobility and the international movement of people leading to migration, settlement and integration, and on the other hand to social mobility that is hampered by discrimination and is promoted by equal opportunities.

    Our work is organised into three inter-related programmes with shared core concepts:

    International movement of persons

    Offering opportunities for people to cross borders in dignity and safety and build up a life matching their skills and aspirations

    Diversity and Integration

    Creating a level playing field and inclusive forms of active citizenship so that all people, regardless of their migration background, can contribute to the well-being of a diverse society

    Anti-discrimination and Equality

    Designing strategies to combat discrimination on all grounds, particularly focusing on nationality, ethnicity, race and religion, and to promote equality for all

    As a think and do-tank, MPG:

    • Collects and disseminates information and provides expert analysis
    • Activates organisations, builds capacity and manages European networks
    • Formulates policy recommendations

    MPG takes a consistent and dynamic approach to all three programmes, details of which can be found on each programme page of the website:

    Within these pages details of individual projects are outlined including related publications, news, events and a historical overview of each project is listed in the milestones section. In addition publications can be searched by year, language and activity.

    MPG’s annual activities reports summarize MPG’s activities from 2001 to the present.

  • Open and inclusive societies


    MPG wants to see open and inclusive societies in which all members – those with and without an immigrant background – have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities and a commitment to contribute to the economic, social, cultural and civic life of our diverse societies.


    MPG’s mission is to contribute to lasting and positive change resulting in open and inclusive societies by stimulating well-informed European debate and action on migration, equality and diversity, and enhancing European co-operation between and amongst governmental agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.

    We articulate this mission through four primary activities focused on harnessing the advantages of migration, equality and diversity and responding effectively to their challenges:

    1 Gathering, analysing and sharing information

    2Creating opportunities for dialogue and mutual learning

    3Mobilising and engaging stakeholders in policy debates

    4Establishing, inspiring and managing expert networks


    Commitment to the cause: each member of the MPG team holds both a professional and personal commitment to the issues of migration, equality and diversity.

    • Social entrepreneurship: we value our agility in creating innovative projects that further our vision
    • Partnerships: we value partnerships recognising that they are key to the achievement of our vision
    • Rigorous analysis: we pursue our vision through carefully researched and argued reports, strategic tools and recommendations.
    • Independence: we seek and maintain relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, ensure diversified sources of income and implement projects and programmes in accordance with our vision and values.


  • As a leading independent non-profit think tank, the Migration Policy Group is committed to achieving lasting progress towards a more open and inclusive European society.

    We pursue this mission through quality independent research, expert policy analysis, network building, advocacy, benchmarking and training.

    Since our establishment in 1995, we have played a pivotal role in shaping European migration, integration and anti-discrimination policies and law – many original MPG initiatives have become established features of the European Union’s legal and policy landscape.

    We have consistently come up with innovative solutions based on sound research and extensive consultations. Examples range from our groundbreaking campaign for EU-wide anti-discrimination laws to our imaginative programmes and reports on migrant integration.

    Working with partner organisations throughout Europe and beyond, we maintain durable relationships with activists and watchdogs, researchers, academics, opinion formers and policymakers.

    To read a 12-page overview of MPG’s activities from 1995-2010, download The MPG Story – 15 years of strategic thinking on equality & mobility

  • MPG receives support from a variety of organisations and sponsors:

    • Private foundations, such as The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundation.
    • European institutions like the European Commission (Directorate General for Home Affairs, Directorate General for Justice, Directorate General for Education and Culture)
    • Inter-governmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.