To further foster the organisation’s contributions to international policy debates and impart its expertise, ICMPD established a new unit in 2017 that is specifically dedicated to policy analysis and development.

Migration policy development is an essential part of ICMPD, not just by name, but its very purpose is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies supported by three pillars: policy and research, migration dialogues and capacity building. The organisation is therefore in a unique position to bring added value to the policy debate by drawing on its experiences as an intergovernmental migration organisation with one foot in scientific research and the other in the world of government policies and international relations.

In 2018 and beyond, ICMPD will analyse and write about migration policies, and engage in policy discussions along four thematic strands that mirror current global policy priorities: (1) migration governance: the structures, institutions and frameworks we need to govern migration, (2) safe migration: addressing forced displacement and ensuring access to international protection, (3) orderly migration: managing migration through partnership, dialogue and cooperation, and (4) regular migration & integration: ensuring receptive labour markets and effective communication on migration. 

TALENTAS – Developing a strategy for the implementation of a talent policy in Lithuania

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to support Lithuania’s national authorities in enhancing their capacity to formulate, develop and implement reform policies and strategies and in pursuing an integrated approach. The project also aims to sustain the efforts of national authorities to define and implement appropriate processes and methodologies by taking into account good practices of other countries in addressing similar situation. Finally, the project will assist the national authorities in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of human-resource management by strengthening professional knowledge and skills.

Summary: Competition for talent has become an essential topic for business and countries, which are increasingly active in introducing measures to both attract talents and better retain those they have attracted. The demographic and labour market situation in Lithuania, linked among others with emigration has been affecting the county’s competitiveness and ability to attract foreign direct investment. Lithuania remains a country with the highest negative net migration in the EU with immigration having only a symbolic compensatory effect. Lithuania’s economy showed a reasonably steady growth trend accompanied by improving living standards, increasing employment and lower unemployment rates. At the same time, it’s attractiveness for talent remains relatively limited.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Project Partners: Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Government Agency Invest Lithuania

Donor: Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS), European Commission

Project Duration: 15 September 2019 – 15 August 2020


Project Manager: Ms Barbara Salcher

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Transnational Figurations of Displacement (“TRAFIG”)

Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to develop solutions for protracted displacement situations (PDS) that are better tailored to the needs and capacities of persons affected by displacement. Current policies struggle to find solutions to forced displacement. Refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are often stuck in ‘limbo’, i.e. living in situations of vulnerability, dependency and immobility, due to continuous cycles of displacement and a lack of durable options. The project will therefore aim at answering the questions whether and how PDS, dependency and vulnerability are related to the factors of connectivity and mobility. It will further look at how in turn, connectivity and mobility can be operationalized to enhance the self-reliance and resilience of displaced people.

Summary: Protracted displacement situations are estimated to affect about 13 million individuals globally, approximately two-thirds of the 20 million refugees today. PDS affects both refugees who have left their countries of origin as well as internally displaced individuals subsisting in precarious living conditions and seeking stability and safety with no prospects of local integration, resettlement, or safe return. TRAFIG will conduct its research by analysing specific sites of exhibited protracted displacement situations throughout Asia, Africa and Europe in order to better understand the daily lives and challenges of those living in PDS, and to ultimately devise new and creative approaches for the alleviation of these problems. Moreover, TRAFIG seeks to explore the relationship between connectivity and mobility, and the realities of protracted displacement situations which increase vulnerability in order to understand how PDS can be challenged.

ICMPD’s policy unit leads the stakeholder engagement and dialogue with policymakers and further seeks innovative options for the exploitation of results. In addition, the unit examines governance frameworks on displacement at the European and global level.

Project lead: BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Project Partners: BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion), Addis Ababa University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Danube University Krems, Dignity Kwanza – Community Solutions, FIERI (Forum of International and European Research  on Immigration), ICMPD (International Centre for Migration  Policy Development), SHARP (Society for Human Rights & Prisoners’ Aid), Universiteit Leiden, University of Sussex, Yarmouk University

Donor: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Project Duration: 2019-2021

Countries: DR Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Tanzania 

Website: https://trafig.eu/ 

Project Manager: Mr. Martin Wagner


Migration.Kommunikation.Schulen/ Migration.Communications.Schools (MIKS)

Objectives: The project ‘Migration.Communication.Schools’ (MIKS) aims to communicate knowledge on migration in an age-appropriate manner in view of raising awareness on the societal responsibility for a successful migration policy.

Summary: The MIKS project addresses the main target group of students and educators in Austria, as well as the general public. It is a follow-up to the 2017-2018 pilot project ‘Migration Communication – MIKO’ and builds on its main outputs, including two theatre plays and a policy simulation game. These outputs aimed at communicating the findings of the 2016 ‘Report by the Migration Council: Understanding Migration – Managing Migration’, which elaborates a balanced approach to migration, based on future scenarios, and addressing 10 sub-areas of migration, ranging from demographic developments and changes in society to the configuration of the migration system in Austria.
MIKS will further improve the theater plays, the policy simulation game, as well as supporting documents for educators, and organise their performance in schools all over Austria. Short video clips explaining each of the 10 sub-topics of the report by the Migration Council will be produced. Furthermore, a migration centre Migration mc² will be established in Melk (Lower Austria) and host a permanent exhibition on migration as well as the ‘Melk Migration Talks’ – a series of lectures and discussions on migration-related issues. The migration centre will eventually also serve as a central location for the theatre plays and policy simulation game.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners: Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, University of Education Lower Austria (PH NOE)

Donor: Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior

Duration: 1 January – 31 December 2019

Country: Austria

Project Manager: Ms. Barbara Salcher


Youth work in the context of integration of young refugees and migrants in Austria (YRMA)

Objectives: The project aims to support the Austrian authorities in improving the administrative and strategic capacity to create and implement comprehensive policies/mechanisms to connect and coordinate the actors involved in youth work and the integration of young refugees and migrants.

Summary: Set against the background of growing challenges related to the effective integration of young refugees and migrants into the society in Austria, this project targets relevant Austrian governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on municipal, federal and national level involved in the work in these particular areas. The project will help to improve the knowledge of relevant stakeholders regarding youth work and integration policies leading to better suited programmes and projects for young refugees and migrants.

The project consists of the following 2 components:

1.Analysis of data and situation on national and European level regarding good practices in the field of youth work and integration of young refugees and migrants;

2.Creation of a horizontal and vertical networking structure of key Austrian stakeholders and increase their coordination and cooperation, mainly through the establishment of a Board of Experts. With the input of relevant stakeholders and experts, ICMPD with the support of the Division Families and Youth of the Austrian Federal Chancellery will lead the development of a comprehensive support package which includes a short overview of the situation of young migrants and refugees and youth work in Austria, an analysis of the networks and decision-making mechanisms, and policy recommendations for a coordinated youth work in the context of integration.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners in Austria: Austrian Federal Chancellery – Division Families and Youth

Donor: European Commission (Structural Reform Support Service – SRSS)

Duration: 1 December 2018 – 31 August 2020

Country: Austria

Project Manager: Ms. Barbara Salcher


Labour Migration Strategy in Poland (LMS)

Objectives: The project aims to support Poland in developing a comprehensive and sustainable policy framework for labour migration based on the country’s socio-economic needs and drawing on past experiences of EU Member States and other relevant countries.

Summary: Set against the background of a growing structural and economic demand for high and low-skilled labour in Poland, this projects targets relevant Polish government ministries and public administrations in order to increase their institutional capacity to design and implement labour migration policies in line with strategic priorities.

The project consists of the following 4 components:

1.       Analysis of existing labour migration policy instruments employed in other countries with the aim of evaluating their applicability in the Polish context.

2.       Review of migration data collection practices, assessing the interoperability of registries and databases, identifying potential gaps and developing recommendations for their improvement and use in the area of migration policy analysis.

3.       Evaluation of successful examples of bilateral/regional cooperation on labour migration and examination of migration potential of countries that could be implicated in labour migration to Poland.

4.       Review of return migration policies and tools that could be potentially effective in stimulating and facilitating the return of Polish emigrants.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners in Poland: Ministry of Investment and Economic Development; Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy; Statistics Poland

Donor:  European Commission (Structural Reform Support Service – SRSS)

Duration: 1 June 2018 - 31 October 2019

Country: Poland

Project ManagerMs. Barbara Salcher


new publications: 

Policy Brief: "Return Migration Policies in the Context of Intra-EU Mobility"   

Return Migration: Background, Practice Examples and Policy Options for Intra-EU Mobility – Focus on Poland

Labour Migration Working Paper Retention of International Students/Graduates in Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands

infographic 2019

Project leaflet:


Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC)

MICIC is the first global effort to systematically address the vulnerability of migrants caught in emergency situations. Its Guidelines compile useful practices and identify important gaps.


For more information, please visit the MICIC webpage


Assessing the Development-Displacement Nexus in Regional Protection Policies

Objectives: The study aims to enhance policy-relevant knowledge on the potential of regional protection policies to support durable solutions and resilience-based development. The study therefore seeks to provide a comprehensive assessment of viable policy options to address the development-displacement nexus for protection in the Middle East region. More specifically, the study aims to build on the experiences of the Jordan Compact, to provide lessons for potential development-focused approaches to displaced populations in Lebanon and Turkey.

Summary: In the context of the current development of the Global Compact on Refugees, as well as the recent experience of the Jordan Compact, responses to large-scale refugee crises, and the potential of development approaches, are key areas of potential study. Policy makers are (re-)examining policy options in the context of forced migration, protection and development, based on the priorities and challenges all stakeholders involved are facing. With this in mind, the study aims to assess potential policy options, with the goal of clarifying and incorporating the needs and priorities of relevant stakeholders, not least refugees and the countries hosting them.

Implementing agency: ICMPD 

Donor: OPEC Fund for International Development and ICMPD

Duration: April – November 2018

Countries: Middle East

Project Manager:  Ms. Maegan Hendow



Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development (“CEASEVAL”)

Objectives:  CEASEVAL carries out a comprehensive evaluation of the CEAS in terms of its framework and practice. It makes an analysis of 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.

Summary: Based on an interdisciplinary and multilevel research approach, CEASEVAL innovatively:


  1. Combines multiple disciplines in order to explore different perspectives of the CEAS,
  2. Develops a new theoretical framework of multilevel governance of the CEAS, which will be empirically tested across several EU Member States and third countries,
  3. Provides a critical evaluation of the CEAS by identifying and analysing discrepancies in the transposition and incorporation of European standards in the area of asylum in domestic legislation, as well as differences in their implementation, and
  4. Elaborates new policies by constructing different alternatives of implementing a common European asylum system. On this basis, CEASEVAL will determine which kind of harmonisation (legislative, implementation, etc.) and solidarity is possible and necessary.

Project coordination: Technische Universität Chemnitz (TUC)

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners:  Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), Université du Luxembourg (UL), Forum Internazionale ed Europeo die Richerche sull ‘Immigrazione Associazione / International and European Forum on Migration Research (FIERI), University of Sussex (UOS), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona (CIDOB), TÁRKI Tarsadalomkutatasi Intezet Zrt / Tarki Social Research Institute (TARKI), Helsingin Yliopisto / University of Helsinki (UH), European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), New Bulgarian University (NBU), Koç University (KU), Elliniko Idryma Europaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis / Hellenic Foundation for European And Foreign Policy (ELIEEP/ELIAMEP), Stichting VU / Free University of Amsterdam (STICHTING)

Donor:  European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Duration: 2017-2019

Countries: EU

Website: www.ceaseval.eu

Project Manager: Mr. Martin Wagner


Sharing of Medical Country of Origin Information, further cooperation with collecting new MedCOI, extra training of national authorities officials aimed on the collection and usage of MedCOI (“MedCOI IV - Phase 2”)

Objectives: MedCOI 4 – Phase 2 manages the transfer of MedCOI to EASO or the integration of MedCOI activities into EASO.

Summary: ICMPD tasks under MedCOI IV Phase 2 consist of:

  • Policy and Research: conducting research on state practices and jurisprudence, relevant international case law and providing fact sheets on MedCOI partner policies/practices on “severity checks”.
  • Quality Control: developing and adopting quality control tools 
  • Survey: carry out a customer satisfaction survey among MedCOI users and a special survey with confidential doctors
  • MedCOI webpage: provide content information for the MedCOI website
  • Implementing Agencies: Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) of The Netherlands, Immigration Office (DVZ) of Belgium, ICMPD

Partners: UK Border Agency; The Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service; Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior; Federal Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Belgium; Czech Ministry of Interior; Finnish Ministry of Interior; Swedish Migration Board; Swiss Federal Office for Migration; Associated partners: Danish Ministry of Interior; Landinfo - Country of Origin Information Centre, The Kingdom of Norway; Office of Foreigners, Poland

Donor:  European Commission (AMIF specific action), co-funding by states participating in MedCOI

Duration: May 2017 to December 2018

Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland

Project Manager: Mr. Martin Wagner