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.

Why Dublin "Doesn't Work" NOTES INTERNACIONALS - 11/2015

Why Dublin "Doesn't Work"

Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Associate Researcher, CIDOB and member of GRITIM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

NEW - Mar 16, 2016

Meeting at CIDOB with Spyros Galinos, Lesbos’ Major

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.

NEW - Jan 24, 2014

CIDOB Leads the European Project ‘Integration Policies: Who Benefits? The Development and Use of Indicators in Integration Debates (MIPEX 2015)’

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.

NEW - May 9, 2013

Emigration from Catalonia. New challenges in mobility management

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.

NEW - Jan 24, 2013

The visa policy for the 21st Century: beyond the visa queue– a book of current concern with concrete answers on the international level.

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.

NEW - Oct 11, 2012

Prevention of Discrimination and Xenophobia

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.

NEW - Jun 1, 2012

The Immigration Yearbook: Integration Time

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.

NEW - Sep 29, 2011

Human Mobility and Governance in a Global context

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.

NEW - Apr 13, 2011

Ethnic discrimination and anti-discrimination in the area of employment in a comparative EU perspective

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.

  • EWSI

    European Web Site on Integration (EWSI)


    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.

  • DNI's


    Differentiation in the Naturalisation of Immigrants in Spain (DNIs)

    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.

  • Mipex 2015

    “Integration policies: Who benefits?”

    MIPEX 2015

    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.


    The EU and sub-regional multilateralism in Europe’s sea basins

    El proyecto investigó cómo las fuerzas multilaterales pueden ayudar a la UE con sus objetivos, es decir, cómo la multilateral puede complementar l

  • Immigrant Citizen Survey

    Immigrant Citizen Survey

    Comparative survey of 7 European countries

    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.

  • NIEM


    National Integration Evaluation Mechanism. Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection

    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.