Immigration is a source of increasing polarisation in political debate and one of citizens’ main concerns. CIDOB addresses migration from a triple perspective: as a subject of politicisation in public debates, as an object of public policy and in relation to its forms of governance.

NEW - Feb 29, 2024

BRIDGES Project Results: Production and Impact of Migration Narratives

After three years studying the production and impact of migration narratives, the BRIDGES project, coordinated by CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) and funded by the European Commission, presents its research results after analysing why some narratives end up being dominant over others in the media and social media, but also in political debates, and how these affect individual attitudes towards migration, as well as political decisions, at the national and European level.


NEW - Jun 28, 2022

Presentación del informe NIEM 2022: sobre solicitantes y beneficiarios de protección internacional

La falta de un modelo de gobernanza multinivel, la escasez de recursos y la ausencia de un seguimiento sistemático basado en la evidencia empírica, suponen los principales problemas del sistema de asilo en España, según el Informe Nacional para España NIEM 2022. El estudio –elaborado por CIDOB y financiado por la Comisión Europea– ofrece desde 2017 un análisis comparado de los sistemas nacionales de acogida de 14 países de la UE.

NEW - Jun 17, 2022

How do we tell migration crises? BRIDGES releases the first programme of its podcast series on migration narratives

  • The first programme of the BRIDGES Podcast Series tackles media coverage of the Ukrainian exodus versus previous refugee crises and the political use of migration in European public and political debates. 
  • This podcast is the result of a workshop on “Telling migration crises” that gathered 30 experts and journalists from all over Europe in Barcelona to discuss the dilemmas journalists face when covering migration issues.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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.


    Regions for Migrants and Refugees Integration

    The REGIN project analyzes the role of regions in the integration of migrants and refugees in order to establish a framework of actions and tools to verify a successful integration process.


    CAScading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies

    CASCADES analyzes the impact of climate change on livelihoods, economies and political systems outside Europe, the implications of such impact for Europe and what European foreign policy could do to mitigate associated risks.


    Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

    The main objective of BRIDGES is to understand the causes and consequences of migration narratives in a context of increasing politicization and polarization


    Dignity For Irregular Migrants in EU Farm2Fork Labour Markets

    DignityFIRM aims to contribute to improving conditions of irregular migrants working in Farm to Fork (F2F) labour markets by analysing regulatory infrastructures that govern these conditions.