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.

NEW - Jul 5, 2019

Estudio NIEM: políticas de integración de los refugiados en los países la UE

Los países de la UE no consiguen establecer los mismos parámetros en sus políticas de integración de los refugiados, según el estudio NIEM dirigido por CIDOB en España 

El estudio NIEM –National Integration Evaluation Mechanism– financiado por la UE muestra diferencias abismales en cuanto a la calidad de las políticas de integración de los refugiados en los países europeos, a pesar de los parámetros fijados por la normativa comunitaria e internacional.

NEW - Mar 28, 2019

Challenges and limitations of the Spanish asylum system

The Spanish asylum system has been unable to respond quickly and effectively to the new migration reality, according to the National Report for Spain by the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) project, funded by the European Commission. Led in Spain by CIDOB, this project assesses integration policies for refugees and the beneficiaries of international protection at national level in 14 European countries. 

The report highlights the inclusive nature of the asylum system in Spain, while showing the limits of an outdated and under-resourced system that lacks the tools with which to address today’s international protectionchallenges. 

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.

  • EWSI


    European Web Site on Integration

    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

    MIPEX 2015

    “Integration policies: Who benefits?”

    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


    Comparative survey of 7 European countries

    The IMMIGRANT CITIZENS 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


    All in for integration

    The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM), Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection 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.


    Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development

    The project carries out a comprehensive evaluation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in terms of its framework and practice. It analyses the harmonisation which goes beyond the formal institutional setting and takes into account the complex relations among the actors engaged from the local and the national levels, to the European level, in order to explain the success and the failure of coordinated action between these varied actors.

  • Refugiados: diálogos entre los actores implicados

    El proyecto quiere crear un espacio de diálogo y reflexión entre les diferentes actores implicados en la gestión de la llamada "crisis de los refugiados" en la Unión Europea.

  • «Our house, your house »?

    Conditions and paths of access to housing for asylum seekers and refugees in Catalonia

    The project has a threefold objective: 1) to generate data on the housing conditions of asylum seekers and refugees in Catalonia; 2) to understand those factors that facilitate or hinder their access to housing; and 3) to provide guidelines for the formulation of specific policies and programs in this area.


    EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability

    This project studies the past, present and future of differentiated integration models in the European Union’s governance with the aim of facilitating policy-making, problem solving and policy implementation in the EU.

  • Admigov


    Advancing Alternative Migration Governance

    ADMIGOV aims to promote an alternative migration governance model studying the reality of existing polices and practices on the ground.

  • The Pakistani diaspora to Barcelona

    Journalistic project to break stereotypes, fight against racism and highlight the contribution of the community of Pakistani origin to Barcelona.