The European Migration Network (EMN) established by Council Decision 2008/381/EC is an EU co-funded network whose purpose is to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum for the institutions of the European Union (EU) as well as its Member States, plus Norway, in order to inform policymaking as well as the wider public and facilitate practical cooperation. It is made up of the European Commission & National Contact Points (EMN NCPs).
It responds to information needs through its annual report and thematic studies, Ad-Hoc Queries, informs (policy briefs), bulletin and other. It normally does not engage in primary research; instead its key strength is to collect, document and make available, in an accessible and comparative manner, statistics and other information held or collected at national and EU level. It further analyses and synthesises this information to improve its comparability and harmonisation at EU level. In this way, the EMN makes a valuable contribution to evidence-based policymaking.
The movie below, produced by the BE EMN NCP, provides a succinct introduction to the work and functioning of the European Migration Network.