Migration issues in Europe

Migration policy discussion in the UK has concentrated on migration into the UK, with a rigid focus on managing numbers and operating a points-based system of entry. It is a highly controversial topic which appears regularly in a negative light in the mainstream press.

Regional partner

Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) at the University of Sussex

University of SussexThe Migrating out of Poverty RPC partner in Europe is the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), located within the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. For over a decade SCMR has developed an international reputation for its work in the area of global migration. It has provided rigorous, evidence-based research to document the richness and diversity of the migration experience. SCMR research findings have multiple purposes: to contribute to the body of academic knowledge on migration; to counter ill-informed views and prejudices over migration; and to provide the policy community with relevant data.

Role of the Migrating Out of Poverty RPC in Europe

The Migrating out of Poverty RPC’s work in Europe seeks to engage and influence policy makers to ensure that European development policy maximises the poverty reducing impacts of migration. Our interactions contribute to external policy agendas and are informed by research findings from the consortium that can help develop an agenda for change.

In the UK

The RPC engages with UK-based policymakers such as the UK government, parliamentarians and the Commonwealth Secretariat to disseminate research findings and train policy actors with the aim of contributing to international policies and interactions that take into account research findings on migration.

In Europe

At European Union level, the RPC engages with the European Commission, participates in ongoing debates, consultations and policy development in the area of migration.

Boundary partners

The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Comic Relief

Associate partners

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

International Migration Institute (IMI)