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European Migration Network (EMN)


A European body established by Council Decision 2008/381/EC that serves to meet the information needs of Union institutions and of EU Member States’ authorities and institutions, by providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum, with a view to supporting policy-making in the European Union in these areas.


Art. 1 of Council Decision 2008/381/EC (European Migration Network Decision)


  • BG: Европейска мрежа за миграция
  • CS: Evropská migrační síť
  • DE: Europäisches Migrationsnetzwerk
  • EL: Ευρωπαϊκό Δίκτυο Μετανάστευσης
  • EN: European Migration Network (EMN)
  • ES: Red Europea de Migraciones
  • ET: Euroopa rändevõrgustik
  • FI: Euroopan muuttoliikeverkosto
  • FR: Réseau européen des migrations
  • GA: Gréasán Imirce na hEorpa
  • HU: Európai Migrációs Hálózat
  • IT: Rete Europea sulle Migrazioni
  • LT: Europos migracijos tinklas
  • LV: Eiropas migrācijas tīkls
  • MT: Netwerk (In-) Ewropew tal-Migrazzjoni
  • NL: Europees Migratienetwerk
  • PL: Europejska Sieć Migracyjna
  • PT: Rede Europeia das Migrações
  • RO: Reţeaua europeană de migrație
  • SK: Európska migračná sieť
  • SL: Evropska migracijska mreža
  • SV: Europeiska migrationsnätverket
  • NO: Det europeiske migrasjonsnettverket


  • EMN
  • European Migration Network

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1. The EMN was established in 2008 by the European Commission on behalf of the European Council in order to satisfy the need of a regular exchange of reliable information on migration and asylum related issues on a European level. It also serves to provide the general public with information on these subjects.
2. The Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission coordinates the EMN, assisted by service providers, in co-operation with EMN National Contact Points (EMN NCPs) in each EU Member State which are appointed by the relevant national government. EMN NCPs are located within Ministries of Interior, Ministries of Justice, specialised government agencies dealing with migration, research Institutes, non-governmental organisations and national offices of international organisations. They are located in all EU Member States (except DK). NO, Georgia and Moldova are EMN observers, but have each established EMN NCPs. For more information about each EMN NCP see the EMN members webpage.
A Steering Board, consisting of representatives from each EU Member State, the European Commission and the European Parliament serves to provide the political and strategic guidance on the activities of the EMN.
The EMN is funded by the European Commission through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
3. The EMN produces reports, studies and other publications which analyse migration and asylum policies and track legislative developments in this field. The EMN publishes the latest migration and asylum related developments in a quarterly bulletin and maintains a glossary of migration and asylum-related terms.

EMN outputs include:

  • Annual reports on migration and asylum
  • Studies on relevant topics
  • Informs on issues of immediate priority
  • Country factsheets
  • Ad-hoc queries

The network also organises webinars, roundtables, conferences and other events on a regular basis, both at EU and national level.
4.The EMN collaborates with other EU level agencies (e.g. European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA), European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and institutions and EU funded networks (e.g. the European Return and Reintegration Network and the European Integrated Return Management Initiative) on legal and irregular migration and return. It also cooperates with international organizations such as International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
5. For more information, see the website of the EMN.