Blanca Garcés Mascareñas, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB
Migration processes have become one of the main drivers of the most important social, political and cultural transformations in our societies. The phenomena of transnationalism and integration are part of the nature of migratory movements and have special relevance in the countries of the European Union. Addressing the issue of immigration requires an intense and urgent effort to learn, design conceptual frameworks and institutional and policy innovation to face the challenges posed from both the macro and micro levels. In this context, the analysis from a governance perspective is of particular interest given the complexity and variety of actors and levels involved in the phenomenon.
The Migration Programme aims to contribute to the development of discussions and research on the migratory phenomena, with special emphasis on policy analysis and taking as reference the European Union. The CIDOB Migration Programme is composed of a team of researchers and project managers. In addition, it collaborates with guest researchers from other centres both at the national and international level, who regularly take part in the work carried out under this program.
Blanca Garcés Mascareñas, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB
Eduard Soler i Lecha and Eckart Woertz (coord.), Senior Researchers, CIDOB
Joaquín Arango, Ramón Mahia, David Moya and Elena Sánchez-Montijano (dir.)
Eckart Woertz (coord.)
Stefano Bertozzi, Senior Adviser, European Bank for Development and Reconstruction
Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Associate Researcher, CIDOB and member of GRITIM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Pol Morillas, Elena Sánchez-Montijano and Eduard Soler (coords.)
Joaquín Arango, David Moya Malapeira, Josep Oliver Alonso y Elena Sánchez-Montijano (dir.)
Spyros Galinos, Mayor of Greek island Lesbos, situated at 6 km from Turkey, is the person in charge of managing directly the critical situation in what is one of the main entry points to Europe.
Academics, experts, civil society representatives and policy makers came together on the 30th of June to discuss the “Integration Policies: Who Benefits?” (MIPEX2015) results and write together a set of recommendations for the European Institutions on how to continue improving integration policies for immigrants.
The research project “Differentiation in the naturalisation of Immigrants in Spain” (DNIs) analyses the effects of policies in the access to nationality in Spain.
CIDOB, jointly with the Migration Policy Group (MPG), leads the European project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” (MIPEX 2015). The project aims to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness.
Catalonia has become a welcoming space for immigration, though the severity of the economic crisis has served to reverse this trend; thus, since 2009, this has resulted in a slight decrease in immigration and a significant rise in emigration. Since 2009, emigration has experienced an annual increase of 8-9%. In 2013, the Catalan population residing abroad has now reached a total of 203,250, most of whom are based in EU countries, though there are also Catalans who have moved to Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States (INE [Spanish Statistical Office] 2013). This new situation has created the need for new measures, and to define public policies as guidelines for this phenomenon which, while it is often described in negative terms, could bring about new opportunities for the society of origin.
Last 20 December 2012, the book “The visa policy for the 21st century: beyond the visa queue” was presented at CIDOB headquarters in Barcelona. The research, which has been edited by CIDOB itself, addresses several aspects of the common visa policy of the European Union. The book deals with topics such as security, economic issues, and includes examples of the visa system affects individuals. In short, the book opens the door to a new array of investigation, up until now unexplored.
CIDOB, the GRISC-UAB, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona and the Foundation ACSAR organized on October 2 the seminar "The Prevention of Discrimination and Xenophobia" in order to discuss experiences of preventing discrimination and xenophobia.
The current economic crisis has not brought an end to immigration –and so, immigration-related problems live on. The continuity of social policies directed to the immigrant community thus becomes a key element in crisis-torn societies such as Spain. The sharp increase in immigrant unemployment in 2011 and, for the first time in many years, the negative balance between entries and departures are two of the main findings of the Immigration in Spain Yearbook--co-edited by the Diputació de Barcelona, the Fundación Ortega-Marañón and CIDOB--, whose fifth edition was presented in Madrid on May 2.
On 22nd September 2011, CIDOB, together with the GRITIM-UPF, held the fifth in a series of seminars on immigration with yet another topic current on the academic and European agendas. This year’s conference “Human Mobility and Governance in a Global context” was introduced by Jordi Vaquer, Director of CIDOB and Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Director of GRITIM-UPF, and inaugurated by Didier Bigo, Professor at King's College London, Department of War Studies and MCU Research Professor at Sciences-Po Paris.
Within the series of lectures for the MSc.2010-2011 Immigration Management course “World in Movement: a look at contemporary migrations”, Dr. John Wrench gave a lecture on ethnic discrimination and anti-discrimination in the area of employment in a comparative EU perspective on 31st March 2010. This lecture was based on his experience at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EUFRA) in Vienna.
The European Web Site on Integration (EWSI) is a portal, which serves to share information and best practices of all member states of the European Union on the integration of immigrants.
The DNIs project analyzes the effects of the naturalization policies in Spain. It aims to understand the mechanisms by which the procedure creates a differentiating situation both among immigrant collectives as well as within the collectives themselves.
The project “ Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates ” (MIPEX 2015) is led by CIDOB, and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). The project aims to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve governance and policy effectiveness relating to the integration of immigrants.
El proyecto investigó cómo las fuerzas multilaterales pueden ayudar a la UE con sus objetivos, es decir, cómo la multilateral puede complementar l
The Immigrant Citizen Survey is a comparative survey of 7 European countries, carried out among immigrant citizens. The survey gives a voice to those who ultimately are the recipients of integration policies adopted by the different administrations.
The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies.