“ERA-NET Cofund Migration in Europe: Social, economic, cultural and policy dynamics”
shutterstock_2596568Migration has become a very high level social, economic and policy concern right across Europe. Persistent rates of international migration have become an essential element of the political and economic globalization process.

The NORFACE Network Board made the choice for the topic of Migration for the second transnational research programme in July 2007. A group of experts was asked to write a programme text.

The European Commission is providing top-up funding via an ERA-NET Cofund grant to this joint research programme.

The programme has four major objectives:

  • To advance globally excellent theoretical and methodological disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and comparative research on migration which builds synergetically on a pan-European basis
  • To take advantage of and develop the present informal laboratory of experience, knowledge and data which migration in Europe currently presents
  • To motivate and support excellence and capacity building for research on migration on across-national basis throughout the NORFACE countries
  • To develop understanding and promote research-based knowledge and insight into migration for issues of societal, practical and policy relevance, with theoretical foundations but worked on jointly with relevant users and experts.

With funding this programme, NORFACE recognised that in Europe there is a great need to build a new synergetic body of research that will contribute strongly to the theoretical understanding and knowledge in the area of migration research. The proposed research topics were designed to address this need through theory-guided, comparative, multi-level and time-referenced studies to relatively unexplored areas, or fields with unresolved issues. The programme emphasised three main themes: Migration, Integration, and Cohesion and Conflict. These areas and the issues taken up in the programme text were not intended as separate phenomena but as parts of a more general social process.

Researcher Kim Caarls has summarised the main findings and implications, and suggestions for further research of the The NORFACE Migration in Europe programme . The report was issued by the NORFACE Coordination Office. The Summary report is available in a full and short version.

New brochure Presenting NORFACE Migration now available.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 235548