Migration is currently at the top of the European agenda due to the large-scale flows of asylum seekers. At the same time, migration has been part of Europe’s history, evidenced by Europe’s substantial share of immigrant (first and second generation) populations. To engage fruitfully with these diverse realities, Europe is in dire need for high-quality research on migration to develop coherent migration policies. The NORFACE Migration programme provided largescale, comparative, multi-disciplinary and multi-level research, offering valuable insights on migration in Europe – at the national, European and international level.
The programme emphasised three main themes: Migration, Integration, and Cohesion and Conflict. These areas and the issues were not intended as separate phenomena but as parts of a more general social process. Projects that focussed on innovation in the area of data and methods were specifically encouraged.