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Migration & Mobility

About our migration and mobility programme

The Migration Policy Group promotes a people-centred and rights based approach to migration. The Migration & Mobility programme focuses on people on the move across borders as well as within societies.

MPG’s work examines the conditions that enhance or restrict migrants’ opportunities to contribute to the wellbeing, not only of Europe’s diverse societies, but also of countries and regions of origin within the context of international human rights and development.

The programme is guided by the following objectives:

  • Produce and disseminate high quality information and analysis
  • Bring stakeholders together in networks of expertise to:
    • Inform debates
    • Raise standards
    • Learn from each other
    • Act together

More and more organisations are engaging in migration debates at overlapping local, regional, national and European levels. This calls for more comparison, consultation and sophisticated exchanges of information and learning on policies and practices.

MPG designs and implements innovative tools empowering stakeholders to contribute to local, national and European migration policies. This work highlights the linkages, as well as the gaps, between these levels.

Tools include:

  • User-friendly data and information
  • Comparative analysis
  • Expert networking
  • Policy recommendations

highlighted projects

Metropolis: Making immigration ‘client-friendly’ – Milan – 6 November 2014

Check out MPG’s stand at the 2014 Metropolis Conference. On 6 November, attend the workshop ‘Opening the Processing Black Box’ and hear Thomas Huddleston explain how immigration and citizenship services can become more ‘client-friendly.’ Thomas Huddleston will provide an overview of policies in developed countries of immigration that provide high standards of service for immigrant clients in work migration, residence, and citizenship services. His presentation will draw on MPG’s extensive datasets, including MIPEX, ACIT, and the EU Immigration Portal. These projects allow MPG to analyse and compare:

  • Quality of Immigration websites and e-assessment tools
  • Quality of Naturalisation websites, e-assessment tools, and printed materials
  • Quality of naturalisation information and counselling services
  • Level of bureaucracy and discretion in naturalisation procedures
  • Availability of information throughout the naturalisation procedure
  • Quality of judicial review and complaints mechanisms in naturalisation

Migration News Sheet (summary)

MNSnewsite_webThe Migration News Sheet is a European monthly covering all major European developments in the fields of immigration and asylum policies, asylum-seekers, controlled migration, irregular and illegal immigration, racism and discrimination, and issues arising out of the process of integrating ethnic minorities.

The Migration News Sheet is also available online at www.migrationnewssheet.eu where members can view the archive online.

Information on the full hard-copy subscription is available here. To subscribe, click here to complete the subscription form. To sign up to the MNS e-newsletter, click here.

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The EU Immigration portal now in Spanish

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The EU Immigration Portal, providing useful information on migration to and within the EU to migrants, is now available in Spanish. The Portal was developed by a consortium in which MPG was responsible for content.

The website is a tool with hands-on information for foreign nationals interested in moving to the EU or for migrants who are already in Europe and would like to move from one member country to another. On more than 600 pages, it provides specific information for each category of migrants about migration procedures in all 27 EU member states.

Der Spiegel refers to Value Migration project

spiegelonline_logoDer Spiegel, the leading German news magazine, refers to the Value Migration project and its Mobile Talent publication to relate the fact that Germany fails to retain highly-qualified international students upon completion of their studies:

Deutschland scheitert daran, internationale Absolventen als Fachkräfte im Land zu halten, belegt eine neue Studie. Die Autoren kritisieren: Mindestens drei von vier ausländischen Hochqualifizierten wollen nach dem Studium gerne bleiben, wissen aber oft nicht wie.

Read the article in full here (in German).

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UN General Assembly adopts declaration of High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

Migration-Dialogue-LogoAt the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, Member States have unanimously adopted a Declaration of High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development that calls for the respect of human rights and international labour standards, reiterates the commitment to fight human trafficking and strongly condemns manifestations of racism and intolerance; and stresses the need for intensifying cooperation between governments and civil society organisation to find responses to the challenges and the opportunities posed by international migration.

MPG’s three work programmes support this agenda and focus on the respect of fundamental rights and the fight against discrimination; the implementation of migration and mobility regimes; and the promotion of integration and well-being.

The European Commission proposes new rules for non-EU students and researchers

t2-26-Mobile TalentOn 25 March, the European Commission released its recast for the Directive on non-EU students and researchers.

The new legislation aims at setting clearer time limits for national authorities to decide on applications, provide for more opportunities to access the labour market during their stays and facilitate intra-EU mobility.

Read our Mobile Talent report and see why it’s one thing to attract foreign students, but another thing to retain their talent.