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1. The EMN responds to information needs through specific Reports, Studies and Ad-Hoc Queries

What type of analysis does the EMN undertake?
The EMN does not engage in primary research, instead bringing together, analysing and making accessible already available data and information. The EMN also aims to improve the availability, comparability and harmonisation of existing information, as well as contributing to evidence-based policymaking. The "desk research" undertaken ranges from a longer-term detailed analysis of a particular migration phenomenon to short-term Ad-Hoc Queries, responding to the information needs for the development of a particular policy by a Member State and/or the European Commission.

What does the EMN produce?
The EMN produces yearly Annual Policy Reports, which outline the most significant political and legislative (including EU) developments, as well as public debates in the area of migration and asylum, within the Member States. EMN also on the basis of specifications which are same for all Member States produces studies, on topics relevant to policymakers as well as yearly Annual Reports on Asylum and Migration Statistics, and compilations of the responses to Ad-Hoc Queries.

All EMN studies and reports are available for downloading here.

2. The EMN collects and documents information in a comparative manner

What type of information EMN collects?
EMN collects information on the legal, demographic, economic, social, and political dimensions of migration including: national legislation, case-law, publications, and contact details of EMN NCPs and their national network members, as well as links to other relevant information sources.

In order to collect this information in a comparative manner and to facilitate structured searching, an EMN Glossary and Thesaurus is being developed. The EMN Glossary uses terms, and their definitions, from a variety of sources, primarily those given in the EU asylum and immigration acquis.

The EMN Glossary is available for downloading here.

Where is this information stored?
The information and resources that EMN Members collect and document forms the basis of the EMN Information Exchange System, which is accessible for the EMN NCPs and their national network members via the EMN’s website.

What information is made available? And who can access it?
All the EMN studies, including the National Reports and Synthesis Reports are published on the European Migration Network’s website and are accessible to all. The database, because it is in a developmental stage, is currently restricted to EMN NCPs and their national partners, plus other relevant EU entities, only.

3. EMN is building contacts and networks

The EMN has the task of establishing a multi-level network to aid its activities. On the European level, EMN NCPs meet regularly, as well as networking and collaborating with other European level institutions and organisations. At national level, each EMN NCP aims to develop a network involving partners within their Member State with expertise in migration and asylum from a wide range of stakeholders in order to have a cross-section of views and information, e.g. from Member State governments, (academic) research community, NGOs.

Further information including all EMN outputs on the EU level and of the EU Member States are available on the general EMN website.