The European Migration Network (EMN) was launched in 2003 as a pilot project that aimed to develop a European system for exchanging information on asylum, migration and countries of origin. In May 2008, the European Migration Network was legally established (Council Decision 2008/381/EC).
The European Commission (Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs) co-ordinates the European Migration Network in co-operation with National Contact Points (EMN NCPs) established in each Member State plus Norway.
There are 28 National Contact Points from all EU Members States plus Norway. EMN NCPs meet at least 6 times a year to discuss their work and exchange information about ongoing and future activities.
A Steering Board, chaired by the European Commission and consisting of a representative from each Member State Government, and an observer from the European Parliament, provides political guidance on the activities of the EMN.