International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe

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Formation April 1, 2004
Type Network of Excellence
Purpose Strengthening migration research and policy making
Headquarters Network Office, Amsterdam
Official language
Scientific Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Rinus Penninx


Human migration into and within the EU is a current and ongoing political issue.[1] At the end of the 20th century more than 20 million foreigners were living in the European Economic Area.[2] In 2001, about three quarters of the total EU population increase was due to net inward migration, and only one quarter to natural increase.[3] This will have far-reaching consequences for the member states and for the EU as a whole — how to manage demand- and supply-driven migration, how to integrate the resident immigrants, how to adapt institutional arrangements to preserve social cohesion?

IMISCOE was initiated in 2004 to address these issues.

Funding and structure[edit]

IMISCOE is a research network funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission. Networks of Excellence were meant to unite European research by integrating institutes and researchers on a variety of topics, from biomedicine to human migration. These networks were not only meant to provide European leadership in the theme concerned, but also to form a reliable basis for policy and to inform society. IMISCOE's secretariat is in Amsterdam at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES).


IMISCOE focuses on migration, mobility and integration.

IMISCOE was initiated to unite European studies of international migration, integration and social cohesion. It provides a secure infrastructure for migration researchers to address issues arising from human migration by developing research programmes and publishing the results, develops training for PhD students, and offers access to a wide variety of migration research, data and expertise.

IMISCOE works closely with representatives from official international, national, regional and local bodies such as the European Commission Directorate-General of Justice and Home Affairs, Social Affairs and Employment, representatives from NGOs, funding organisations and other stakeholders (e.g. the Metropolis Project, the European Science Foundation, the Migration Policy Group, the International Organization for Migration and the International Labour Organization).


  1. ^ Trends in International Migration, OECD, SOPEMI, 2001
  2. ^ Replacement Migration, Population Division of the United Nations, 2000
  3. ^ First results of the demographic data collection for 2001 in Europe, Eurostat Website: Statistics in Focus