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Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe

Currently, there are few issues that polarize Europe as much as the debate on flight, migration and integration. In 2016 alone, 1.2 million people submitted a first application for asylum in the European Union. At the same time, political positions of the individual countries could not be more different: questions on border protection, quotas, solidarity, identity, migration and integration are shaping the debate – divisively and emotionally.

In order to build bridges, in early 2017 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation launched a European-wide project "Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe". The project aims to:

  • provide an overview of national migration discourses; and contribute to a better mutual understanding of the individual migrations policies.
  • exchange integration experiences and best practices in the field of integration policy.
  • develop ideas and proposals for a common European migration and refugee policy.

To implement these goals, the FES project organizes events for European multipliers and decision-makers. We bring actors together and support networks. Our publications and scientific reports offer political consultancy.

From our Media

Still divided but more open

In this years’ European election, there is no doubt that migration will be one of the most dominant and probably also crucial topics – often accompanied with a bitter dispute over political actions. While some, led by often right-wing populists, are calling for a stronger focus on security issues, e.g. protecting borders and stricter deportations, others stress the humanitarian obligation towards people in need. Both attitudes, however, have in common that they contribute to an image of a divided continent between pro- and anti-migration supporters – a situation that seems to be present since the so-called migration crisis in 2015/16. But has this crisis really changed the Europeans' attitude to migration? And did it contribute to the fact that Europe is really more divided than before?

Please find the full study here.

What do Europeans think about migration online?

The Hungarian institute Bakamo Social evaluated more than 45 million comments over a period of one year. The result consists of 28 country reports and one European summary. According to the results, five pan-European narratives are discussed in all countries. Migration as a security issue, a question of identity, an economic or demographic challenge and a humanitarian issue.


Summary report

"Looking behind the culture of fear"

Fear and rejection of migrants and foreigners is so widespread in some European countries that it can be seen as a socially shared norm, while in other countries acceptance of migrants and ethno-racial diversity is a widely-shared value. With the recent wave of mass migration, these dissimilarities in attitudes have moved to the forefront of public discussion, and there is consequently a need for a deeper understanding of cross-national differences.

Please find the full report here.


04.04.2019 | Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe | News, Events

After the “migration crisis”

Mapping European attitudes towards migration. Read the results of the new FES study.


04.04.2019 | Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe | News, Events

What do Europeans think about migration online?

A Social Media Intelligence Report looks at all 28 EU member states over the period of one year. Here are the results



Messing, Vera; Ságvári, Bence

Still divided but more open

Mapping European attitudes towards migration before and after the migration crisis
Budapest, 2019

Download publication (5,7 MB PDF-File)

Hruschka, Constantin

The Swiss asylum procedure

A future model for Europe?
Budapest, 2019

Download publication (570 KB, PDF-File)

Contact Persons

Timo Rinke

Project Director
Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe




Twitter  @FES_Migration

16.04.2019 - 13:23

Watch also the authors summary in the video and take a look at our interactive homepage where the results are prepa…

16.04.2019 - 12:07

What do Europeans 🇪🇺 think about #migration online? In our recently published study Kata Füge and @fazekasdani anal…

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RT @ESS_Survey : Analysis of our #survey #data on #immigration was published in a new @FESonline report. It found that negative attitudes a…

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Interesting report by @MPI_Europe and @kmchooper about Spain’s Labor Migration Policies in the Aftermath of Economi…

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Gespräch mit @ArneSchildberg
@ArneSchildberg Wir haben die direkte Parteizugehörigkeit nicht erhoben, aber von der reinen Anzahl der Kommentare…

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