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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


06.06.2019 | Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe | News, Events

Europe’s Migration Myths

A new guide tries to clear up common misconceptions on migration – by checking both pro as well as anti-migration arguments.


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

Achieving Progressive Narratives on Migration in Europe

Read our new publication on how to shape the political discourse on migration in a progressive way.



Migration narratives in Europe

Through conversations on public social media : A Bakamo public project for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Budapest, 2019

Download publication (6 MB PDF-File)

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)

Contact Persons

Timo Rinke

Project Director
Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe




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