ICMPD delivers policy analysis and advice to equip our member states and partners with innovative and effective policy inputs aimed at addressing the migration-related opportunities in, and challenges now confronting, Europe, emerging along key migration routes and affecting the vital regions in which we work. Our aim is to provide platforms for dialogue, consultation and exchange on important policy issues: to engage, convene and connect key groups of thought leaders and decision-makers to develop ideas and initiatives that can help move the migration policy debate, and shape governance frameworks and operations in productive, meaningful and pioneering directions. 

Drawing on and valorising the policy relevant know-how and results of the organisation’s work in research, migration dialogues and capacity building, makes us responsive, accurate and able to advise on issues that matter. In our daily work, we try to make sense of migration. We analyse and write about migration policies and engage in policy discussions on topics that mirror current priorities for our member states and strategic partners.

Policy Insights

Annual Policy Initiative

Each year ICMPD selects a theme for its Annual Policy Initiative (API) that addresses a key issue in the current migration debate in order to identify pragmatic ways forward at both the policy and operational levels. The purpose is to contribute with analysis and facilitate policy and strategic discussions on the selected theme.

The API is driven by ICMPD’s Policy Unit and draws on internal expertise, research, analysis and experiences from our operations. It aims to provide a platform for discussion and exchange among senior experts and stakeholders in member and close partner states, EU institutions, think tanks and other relevant organisations. This consultation process, anchored in a wide-ranging assessment of priorities, will incorporate and feed into discussions at the Vienna Migration Conference, held each year in autumn, and result in written policy recommendations. 

For more information on respective years, please follow the links below:

  • API 2021 - Whole-of-route approaches to countering irregular migration. Where are we now and what comes next?
  • API 2020 - Safeguarding human and public security in the new migration agenda
  • API 2019 - Breaking gridlocks and moving forward. Recommendations for the next five years of EU migration policy


Malin Frankenhaeuser

Head of Policy

Martin Wagner

Senior Policy Advisor

Justyna SegeŇ° Frelak

Senior Policy Advisor

Caitlin Katsiaficas

Policy Analyst