EMN Europe

The European Migration network (EMN) was established by Council Decision (2008/381/EC) of 14 May 2008. The decision foresees a National Contact Point supporting the network in each Member State, and under the coordination of the European Commission.

The main objective of EMN is to provide "reliable, objective, comparable and up-to-date" information on asylum and migration, both at European and national level, in support of policies for the European Union, the Member States and their citizens.

Therefor each national contact point builds a national network of individuals and organisations active in the field of asylum and migration: universities, research institutes, scientific researchers, government agencies, NGOs, international organisations and other interested parties.

EMN Belgium

At the Belgian level, a common contact point of four institutions ensures the functioning of EMN: the Immigration Office within the FPS Home Affairs (General Coordination), the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGVS-CGRA), the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil), and the Federal Migration Center (Myria).

The decision to build a Belgian EMN contact point with several different institutions was taken on November 1, 2008 by the then Minister of Asylum and Migration Policy, following the decision of the European Council of 14 May 2008.

EMN Activities

EMN not only publishes an annual policy report on asylum and migration, but also reports on specific themes. A joint work program establishes thematic studies on a yearly basis. By means of a common questionnaire the different Member States first establish a national report. EMN then compiles a comparative EU synthesis report.

In addition, the EMN, on the initiative of the European Commission or a (Member) State, responds in a relatively short period of time to ad hoc questions on a specific aspect of asylum and migration. For example overviews of policies and practices in the different (member states) can be compiled in relatively short order.

EMN also publishes Informs and Bulletins.

More info on the EMN Europe website and the website of the EMN Belgian National Contact Point.